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Middle Class Meltdown (Rebroadcast)

Jun 30, 2016

The American middle class, the backbone of our economy, is collapsing. These are the workers, middle managers, small business owners who have fallen victim to rising economic inequality. Their wages have been stagnant for years, employment uncertain, their debt levels have been rising and they face increasing child care, health care and education costs. We hear from the author of a book about why this is happening and what to do about it. 

Mid-Year Economic Update

Jun 30, 2016
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It has been another unsettling year economically. 2016 began with economic caution and murmurings of a possible recession. But the stock market appeared to be on an upward trajectory. Now, Brexit, the British exit from the EU, has roiled markets erasing all of this year’s gains. What do economists see for the rest of the year? We talk to two of them and the banking reporter for The Charlotte Observer.

NC Teacher Of The Year / Profound Gentlemen

Jun 29, 2016

Part 1
We meet North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year Bobbie Cavnar, a British Literature teacher in the Gaston County Schools. He believes that teachers are the equalizers, the keepers of America’s promise of equal opportunity and we’ll hear more of his thoughts on education and teaching excellence.

Race And Juvenile Justice In Charlotte

Jun 28, 2016

African-Americans make up 35 percent of Charlotte’s population but represent 70 percent of the arrests. Nationwide, black drivers are stopped and searched more often than whites. Minority children are more likely to be suspended from school than white students. An initiative called “Race Matters for Juvenile Justice” has been working in Charlotte to reduce these disparities. Learn about their successes and what’s being done to ensure fairness in the justice system.

Charlotte's LGBT Community

Jun 27, 2016
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It has been one year since the Supreme Court’s land mark ruling on marriage equality. This milestone comes during Pride Month but also in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Here and around the country there were candlelight vigils for the victims, a sign of the LGBT community’s growing visibility in places where, not long ago, many were uncomfortable being out. We look at that growing visibility, what it means and what the future may hold.

Friday News Roundup

Jun 24, 2016

Mecklenburg County Commissioners give themselves a raise while CMS rolls out new guidelines on how to handle transgender students. FAA policy seems to settle the struggle over control of Charlotte’s airport – at least for now. The North Carolina Legislature won’t be stopping the I-77 toll lanes in this session and health officials investigate a death from a brain-eating ameba possibly contracted at the Whitewater Center. Those stories and more.

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CMPD Chief Kerr Putney / I-77 Tolls Update

Jun 23, 2016
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Part 1

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney has been in his job for a year now. In that time, the department has grappled with a high-profile trial, an uptick in crime and more. He’s been given the go-ahead to hire more officers but only half the number he’s asked for so Chief Putney reflects on his first year at the top and talks about the future.

H-1B Visas And Foreign Tech Workers In Charlotte

Jun 22, 2016

American companies have used H-1B guest worker visas for decades to bring in foreign-born workers to fill skilled positions for which they couldn’t find American workers. But now, this practice is on the rise. In Charlotte it rose by 39 percent in a year. Critics say it’s a way for employers to find cheaper workers at the expense of American citizens. A closer look at the guest worker program and how it’s used here and around the country.

Active Shooters

Jun 21, 2016
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There have been more than 130 mass shootings in the U.S. since the start of this year in which 70 people died and 146 people were injured. Most of them occurred in places where the victims felt safe. Which has led many governments and businesses to conduct active shooter training for their workers. That, of course, raises the question of why this is suddenly necessary? What is going on? We hear from some experts.

FinTech In Charlotte

Jun 20, 2016

Fintech is a new word to most. It represents the intersection of finance and technology and Charlotte is seen as a place for huge possibilities in fintech due to our status as a banking hub.  We find out more about this new industry, how our pool of bankers-turned-entrepreneurs is helping fintech to grow here and how one Charlotte company is trying to get banking and members of the creative class to work together.