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Third-Party Candidates In 2016

Aug 17, 2016
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Republicans and Democrats have nominated candidates that rank among the most unpopular in recent history. But rather than holding their noses and voting for the least objectionable, some voters are taking a serious look at third-party candidates. And, those candidates are getting media attention. Are our perceptions of third-party candidates changing and how might that change the election? We look at those questions and the slate of third-party choices.

Health Of Our Water

Aug 16, 2016
Coal ash ponds at Riverbend Steam Station in Mount Holly.
David Boraks / WFAE

There’s a troubling controversy swirling around the quality of drinking water from wells near coal ash ponds. First, the state said it wasn’t safe to drink. Now they say it is. The governor has accused a state scientist of lying and now his boss has resigned saying she can’t work for a department or administration that would deliberately mislead the public  So, how safe is our water and can we believe what we’re told? 

  All of us love food and most of us have favorite foods. Well, here’s a shocker: some of our favorites like bread, chocolate, coffee and wine are under threat. Due to changes in agriculture and a loss of agricultural biodiversity the food chain is at risk. Think about this: 95 percent of the world’s calories come from only 30 species.We take a closer look at the problem and at some possible solutions. 

Friday News Roundup

Aug 12, 2016

On this week’s local news roundup, protests break out before a CMS Board meeting about how teachers should handle transgender students. The board also began discussions on how to diversify magnet schools. The Whitewater Center reopens its rafting channels after being shut down in June because of a rafter’s death. And the Olympics are going on in Rio with some athletes from here!  Our roundtable of reporters discuss those stories and more. 

Plus, we'll be using theme music submitted by Samuel Flynn. Listen to it here.

Charlotte's Real Estate Market

Aug 11, 2016
house for sale
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Charlotte’s housing market is hot. Buyers have gotten into bidding wars with each other. Some have resorted to writing love letters to sellers in an effort to convince owners to sell to them. Construction cranes dot the landscape and because home inventory is low, prices are up. In the middle of this hot month, we take the temperature of real estate – residential and commercial – with an eye toward where it's headed and how it compares to the run up to the last bubble.


Aug 10, 2016
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Hacking is a reality in the digital world in which we live. Recently, hackers penetrated the Democratic National Committee’s emails and, again, raised questions about the vulnerability of the technology we use in our elections and our everyday lives. What are the weak links in the nation’s cybersecurity? What can you do to avoid being an unwitting actor in these attacks? We hear from local experts on that.

Hillary Clinton And The Glass Ceiling

Aug 9, 2016

We heard a lot of talk about breaking the glass ceiling when Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated by a major party to be their presidential candidate. In her acceptance speech she said, “when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone.” So we’re going to look at how this nomination could affect other glass ceilings for women – in politics and business, and for feminism.

Making Charlotte A Bicycle-Friendly City (Rebroadcast)

Aug 8, 2016
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Traffic in Charlotte becomes more congested with every passing year. Some think part of the answer is more bicycles and the city has been working for years to become more bicycle friendly. Still, it can be dangerous for cyclists to share the road. Sustain Charlotte is now working to bring protected bike lanes to uptown providing a separate space for cyclists - a protected buffer between them and motorists. 

Friday News Roundup

Aug 5, 2016

A federal appeals court strikes down North Carolina’s voter ID law saying it’s discriminatory. Another court is deciding whether or not to suspend HB2 while lawsuits over it wind their way through the courts. The governor allows a bill that transfers money from disaster relief to HB2 defense to become law without his signature and we get an update on CMS student assignment plans. Those stories and more on the local news roundup.

Co-Working Spaces / Pets Instead Of Kids

Aug 4, 2016
A couple with their pet dogs and tortoise
Logan Cyrus / Charlotte Magazine

From a new kind of working experience to a new kind of life experience.  We hear about the growing trend of co-working spaces as well as the growing trend among younger people opting for pets instead of kids.