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'We Believe You,' Addressing Sexual Assault On Campus

Jul 18, 2016

Experts say one in five female undergraduates have experienced sexual assault while in college.  Most of them have gone unreported for fear of retribution and a seeming lack of support.  But, now, the number of campus rapes being reported is on the rise and victims’ advocates say this is a positive trend.  Two UNC alums are shining a light on this in their new book, We Believe You. We hear from them and about what’s being done to change attitudes.

Friday News Roundup

Jul 15, 2016

The national conversation about the relationship between law enforcement and minorities plays out at the local level. Governor McCrory signs a law limiting the use of police body camera footage. The NBA continues to mull over a possible decision to pull the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte because of HB2.  And, Roy Cooper’s campaign is raising more money than the governor’s. We talk about those and other stories on the Weekly News Roundup.

Charlotte's Growing Tech Talent Market

Jul 14, 2016
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We know Charlotte is a banking town and we’ve spoken about the doors that designation may open for fintech – the marriage of banking and technology.  Now, it seems, we’ve become the top city in the U.S. for growth in tech talent.  Over the past five years, Charlotte has experienced a 74 percent growth rate in that talent.  How has this happened, what does this mean and where do we go from here?  We look at it all.

The State Of Renewable Energy In North Carolina

Jul 13, 2016
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Using renewable energy reduces our reliance on fossil fuels but in North Carolina it is also big business.  We rank third in the country for installed solar capacity and will soon be home to the first utility-scale wind farm in the Southeast. The solar industry has benefited from state tax credits but those credits have expired and clean energy advocates worry that growth will slow. The state of renewable energy in North Carolina.

Recent Shootings And Trust In Law Enforcement

Jul 13, 2016
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The recent shootings of two more African-American men by police combined with the shootings of police by an African-American man in Dallas have put the spotlight back on the state of relations between law enforcement and the black community.  The events hit home here due to a similar incident in 2013.  The trial of the police officer involved ended in a hung jury and since then, CMPD has been trying to rebuild trust.  Where all of this stands and reaction from Charlotte’s Police Chief Kerr Putney on the next Charlotte Talks.

Social Media And Free Speech

Jul 12, 2016
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The use of social media has been exploding. Nearly two-thirds of American adults are now on a social networking site using them for many reasons including an opportunity to get things off their chests. It’s a bedrock of free speech but one that presents a challenge to employers. What happens when your opinion doesn’t toe the company line? Some employers are trying to set boundaries but does that mesh with the First Amendment? Some legal opinions.

Charlotte Talks' Listeners Respond To This Week's Shootings

Jul 11, 2016
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Thursday night protesters took to the streets of uptown to protest the killings of two more African American men by police. These protests were peaceful... but in Dallas it turned tragic as snipers targeted police. On this week's news roundup, we talk about that and get local reaction. We open the phones today to hear from our community.

Brexit And Its Effects On Charlotte

Jul 6, 2016
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Charlotte has significant ties to the United Kingdom. There are more foreign businesses in Mecklenburg County from the U.K. than from any other country but one. And the big banks here have large presences there, with London traditionally serving as a financial gateway to Europe. So how will the U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union reverberate in Charlotte? We'll explore that question, with guest host Michael Tomsic.

The conventions are still weeks away, but the general election air war has begun in North Carolina and other battleground states. Hillary Clinton has poured eight figures into TV commercials, while Donald Trump has yet to put a single general election ad on the air. These commercials - particularly attack ads - have been a hallmark of White House campaigns for decades. We look at the history of campaign ads, and how they’ve changed in the social media age.

We all know about America’s obesity epidemic. We know about elevated incidences of asthma, diabetes and heart disease. In many cases, we’ve been blaming the food we eat but could it be the way we build? Dr. Richard Jackson from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health believes the way America has been built - with sprawling suburban environments could be the culprit.  He expands on that and offers some solutions.