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Will 2017 Be A Good Year For The Economy And You?

Dec 16, 2016
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Aired on Monday, December 19, 2016

Given the rising stock market and rising interest rates, will it be a good year for the economy and for you? Host Mike Collins is joined by financial planner Larry Carroll and economist Mark Vitner to look into our financial crystal ball at 2017.

Aired on Friday, December 16, 2016

A verdict in the case of the shooter of the AME Emanuel Church tragedy in Charleston; special sessions and many bills proposed at the North Carolina General Assembly; and a new Superintendent for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Mike Collins and the local news roundup panel tackle those and other stories on this Friday's panel.

Diedra Laird / The Charlotte Observer

Aired on Thursday, December 15

Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray expands on why he decided not to charge a CMPD officer in the shooting of Keith Scott.


Aired on Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Siri, Cortana and Google Now have become part of most people’s lives. They’re digital assistants – artificial intelligence. In essence, robots. We have automated call centers that understand what you’re saying. Airports have ticket kiosks and cars will soon drive themselves. We are quickly developing a Second Intelligent Species, one Marshall Brain warns could soon eliminate jobs in startling numbers.

Aired on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A 'mini-city' will soon be coming to a river bank near you. An enormous mixed-used development of apartments, homes, offices, retail, restaurants and parks dubbed the "River District" is in the works. We take a closer look. 

Fiction As Fact: The Power Of Fake News

Dec 9, 2016
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The fake news phenomenon. How do these stories get started, and how can you avoid falling for them?

Aired on Friday, December 2, 2016

Roy Cooper sets his inauguration date for governor as Pat McCrory concedes and meets with Donald Trump. Political maneuvering begins in the race for Charlotte mayor. The Panthers return from the West Coast empty-handed. Those and other stories on the Local News Roundup with guest host Erik Spanberg from the Charlotte Business Journal.

Aired on Thursday, December 8, 2016

Some of North Carolina's political boundaries have come under scrutiny - this time, before the Supreme Court. We'll look at redistricting and political gerrymandering in the state.

Flickr/Unnar Ymir Bjornsson

Aired on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Some believe that our society's focus on accumulating things is a search for meaning. Minimalists say that meaning is actually found in fewer possessions. A few members of the movement provide a clearer picture. 

Smog, the visible sign of unhealthy air, cloaks the Charlotte skyline in 2011.
Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

Aired on Tuesday, December 6 2016

A partnership that includes the EPA, Aclima and Google Earth is bringing new technology to Charlotte to help us assess air quality to improve future development.  What will that mean for Charlotte communities? Host Mike Collins finds out.