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Duke Energy Solar farm near Elizabeth City NC
Duke Energy

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Our state is second in the nation for installed solar capacity but Duke Energy is pushing for rule changes that advocates say could hurt that growth. We find out more.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

America’s pre-eminent First Amendment Lawyer, Floyd Abrams, joins Mike Collins for a discussion about the history of that amendment and what he sees as threats to free speech.

After Rowdy Meeting, What's Next For Wells Fargo?

May 1, 2017
Wells Fargo sign at a bank branch
Flickr / Mike Mozart

Monday, May 1, 2017

The chairman of Wells Fargo's board says a "message of dissatisfaction" was heard loud and clear at the bank's rowdy annual meeting. With that out of the way, what lies ahead for the bank?

Guest host Tom Bullock

Friday, April 28 2017

On the local news roundup: new school boundaries for CMS.  Different atmospheres at the annual Bank of America and Wells Fargo shareholder meetings. Craft brewers stymied in their efforts to grow, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. turns in the keys. Host Mike Collins and the roundup reporters cover those stories and much more.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The CMS student assignment plan was unveiled by Superintendent Ann Clark this week. How well does it address the desire for neighborhood schools and the need to diversify the system? We take an in-depth look with education reporters and school board members. 

Tom Bullock / WFAE

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A quick look at the new CMS student assignment plan and then we pour over the fight over brewer’s rights. A bill that would have allowed craft beer brewers to control distribution did not come to pass. Now what? 

100-Day Benchmark Looms For Trump White House

Apr 24, 2017
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

President Trump is facing a milestone: Saturday will mark his first 100 days in office.  During the campaign, he promised certain things would be done in those first 100 days.  So, how’s he doing?

Confidence In Courts Eroding, NC Study Finds

Apr 21, 2017
Flickr / Karen Neoh

Monday, April 24, 2017

A panel studying North Carolina’s court system is recommending changes.  It would be the first overhaul of the courts in the digital age. Mike Collins speaks with two of the panel's co-chairs, including an associate justice on North Carolina's Supreme Court.

Friday, April 21, 2017

On the local news roundup, the NCAA brings championship games back to the state but not to Charlotte.  The ACC is more generous.  And another lawsuit connected to Wells Fargo’s sales practices.  Mike Collins and the roundup reporters cover those stories and more.

Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Martin Short talks about comedy and his career, and what to expect from his live performance with Steve Martin on Saturday. Then, crisis management for corporations. When everything goes wrong, how do you make it right?