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Environmental News Update

Aug 1, 2016

An environmental news update with a panel of environmental reporters. We get updates on plans for coal ash landfills, find out how and why North Carolina’s air quality has improved. You may have noticed the summer of 2016 has been hot – in fact, on average, the world has been two degrees hotter than what we experienced in the 20th century. What that means and its connection to the drought in the southwestern part of the state. Those stories and other environmental news.

Friday News Roundup

Jul 29, 2016

On the local news roundup, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump play the VFW convention in Charlotte to very different receptions. Meanwhile, the Democratic Convention takes place in Philadelphia. What Clinton’s nomination means for North Carolina voters  Charles Jeter resigns from the North Carolina House. We talk about possible reasons why and get an update on the Whitewater Center including what happens to the water in it.

Democratic Convention

Jul 28, 2016
United States Democratic Party

Eight years ago, Hillary Clinton told supporters they put 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling through their support. This week, Clinton shatters that ceiling as she accepts the Democratic nomination for president and wraps up a convention that, like the GOP gathering, was not without its hiccups including the resignation of the party’s chairwoman. Did the Democrats find brotherly love in Philadelphia? What did they show voters? 

The impact of HB2 is now beginning to be felt. Last week, the NBA announced they were pulling their All-Star weekend from Charlotte. City businesses are now set to lose an estimated $100 million. But there has also been an impact on the city and the state’s image, and on LGBTQ individuals who have lost protections against discrimination. We discuss this and more during a WFAE Public Conversation. 

This public forum was recorded in front of a live audience at McGlohon Theater on Tuesday, July 26.

Charlotte's Changing Cuisine Culture

Jul 25, 2016
Tanner Latham / WFAE

As Charlotte’s demographics have changed, as people move here from around the country, the less homogenous character of the city is now reflected in our dining options. We’ve gone from a town full of restaurants featuring a meat and three with sweet tea to a city in which foods from around the world including multi-ethnic fusions are featured, still leaving room for Southern barbeque. We take a closer look at these new options and what they tell us about our changing identity.

Gaston County Redevelopment

Jul 22, 2016

For as long as most people can remember, Gaston County has been the brunt of Charlotte’s jokes. And, quite frankly, Gastonians aren’t laughing. They’ll admit, they’ve had their challenges but they’ve also been working hard to remake themselves, bring in more businesses, create more jobs, get more people to put down roots, to rebrand themselves, and get folks here to see them in a new light. They make their case with us.

NBA's Decision 'PC BS,' McCrory Says

Jul 21, 2016

Joining Mike Collins on Charlotte Talks Friday, Governor Pat McCrory spoke out against the NBA's decision to move the 2017 All Star Game out of Charlotte. McCrory stood by House Bill Two and said blame should be placed on the city of Charlotte for passing its expansion of the city's non-discrimination ordinance, and on the media and groups like Human Rights Campaign for mischaracterizing HB2 and waging war against anyone who doesn't fully agree. 

Hear that and our Friday news roundup. 

Republican Convention

Jul 20, 2016
By Republican Party (United States) ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Donald Trump rode the down escalator at Trump Tower a year ago to announce his candidacy for president.  But ever since, his journey to the GOP Convention has been on the up escalator. That convention has been notable for who is not in attendance including ex-presidents and other Republican luminaries. We get some expert takes on what’s been happening in Cleveland and hear from a local delegate still undecided about the party’s nominee.

Ron Carlee / Travel To Cuba

Jul 19, 2016

Two departures: Ron Carlee talks about his tenure as Charlotte city manager and then flights from Charlotte to Cuba. We hear about what to expect upon arrival and about our evolving relationship with this old foe.

Undocumented Latino Youth In Charlotte And North Carolina

Jul 19, 2016

Recently, the Supreme Court deadlocked over President Obama’s immigration plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. It was described as the biggest legal defeat of the president’s administration and the result could reach into the lives of many of the 300,000 people who are undocumented but living here. We examine the impact this has already had for local Latino youth and what it means for their future.