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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.

Body Cams: New Law And Effectiveness Of Cameras

Oct 3, 2016
A police officer wearing a body cam.
Tom Bullock / WFAE

The Keith Scott shooting has put new emphasis on police body and dash cams. CMPD has been criticized for being slow to release footage of this latest incident. Over the weekend, citizen access to that footage became even more difficult as a new law went into effect requiring a court order. Some, including our mayor, want the legislature to repeal that law. How likely is that? And how is this footage being used elsewhere?

Local News Roundup

Sep 30, 2016

On the local news roundup, Charlotte continues to be in the national news following the police shooting of Keith Scott. City Council was disrupted by protestors and the poignant sight of a young girl crying over mistreatment of African-Americans by police. More heat on Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf over the fake accounts scandal and Charlotte makes its way into this week’s presidential debate. Those stories and more with our roundtable of reporters.

Cincinnati skyline
Public Domain

An African-American man is shot and killed by police. Days of protests and riots follow. Police don riot gear and fire tear gas. Calls for Queen City officials to resign follow. But that queen city was Cincinnati and the year was 2001. We hear from Cincinnati’s mayor at the time about their experience to see what we can learn here. Then, how police reforms around the country are panning out.

Kent D. Johnson Observer file photo

One of the biggest robberies in U.S. history happened here. In 1997, Loomis Fargo employee David Ghantt robbed the armored car company of $17 million. Then-Charlotte Observer reporter Jeff Diamant wrote extensively about the story as it unfolded and later wrote a book. Now, Charlotte’s most famous crime is about to become the movie “Masterminds.” We check back in with Jeff Diamant.

Clinton vs. Trump, Round One: Who Won? Any Minds Changed?

Sep 26, 2016
Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
John Cravota / Tom Bullock

The first of three presidential debates was held Monday night. Both candidates face particularly interesting challenges in terms of their approach to the debate, in style and content. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been locked in a fierce and tightening race so the question becomes what role will this and the other debates play in the final outcome? We take a look at their performances.

One of the darkest weeks in Charlotte’s history continues.  On Friday, the wife of the man who was shot and killed by police released her own video of the altercation. Over the weekend, CMPD released their videos. This incident has shaken Charlotte and North Carolina to its core, severely tarnished the image of the city in the national media and raised serious questions on many fronts.  We continue to explore all of this.

City of Charlotte

On the local news round-up, protests turn violent in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of an African-American man by police. Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf is skewered on Capitol Hill by the Senate Banking Committee over the bank’s sales practices. The City Council rejects suggestions they repeal their bathroom ordinance in exchange for an HB2 repeal – and that’s playing a role in the Gubernatorial Race. Those stories and more, this week on the local news roundup.

Protests in Charlotte Sept. 21, 2016
Tom Bullock / WFAE

Thursday, September 22

The shooting of an African-American man in the University area on Tuesday afternoon led to protests that became increasingly violent in the overnight hours on Wednesday. Many encouraged on-going protests including a boycott of white-owned Charlotte businesses. City officials encouraged calm and called for dialogue while others say it’s time for systemic change. We're joined by Mayor Jennifer Roberts and other.


WFAE Reporters Recap Tuesday Night's Protests

Sep 21, 2016
Officer from Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department line up to confront protesters
Adam Rhew / Charlotte Magazine

WFAE reporters Nick de la Canal and Gwendolyn Glenn, and Charlotte magazine associate editor Adam Rhew were all at the protests that erupted last night in the University area after a black man was shot and killed by a black CMPD officer. We recap last night's protests and what we know about the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. 

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