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Friday News Roundup

May 6, 2016

On this week's Friday news roundup, the U.S. Department of Justice says that the bathroom parts of H.B. 2 violate federal law. We'll talk about what it means and what they're telling the state to do about it. Charlotte is thinking about raisin property taxes by 1 percent. City leaders went to Denver to look at that city's mass transportation system. We learn what they took away from the experience. Donald Trump looks to be the GOP nominee, what does that mean for North Carolina candidates? These and more. 

Cokie Roberts

May 5, 2016
Erin Keever

Cokie Roberts talks with us about politics today and the politics of Washington dating back almost to the founding of the nation. A commentator for NPR and ABC News, Roberts has written a number of books about women’s influence on the birth of our country and has now turned her attention to the women of Washington during the Civil War: Capital Dames. We talk about that and the current political climate.

The State Of The Republican Party

May 4, 2016
By Republican Party (United States) ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The turmoil in the Republican Party has reverberated to the state level. The party's chairman was ousted just days before the party's state convention, where we'll see maneuvering for delegates to the national convention this summer. What fallout could we see from the infighting? Will it leave the state party fractured heading into November? The state of the Republican party, nationally and locally. 

Grocery Store Wars - Rebroadcast

May 3, 2016

You’ve heard of Star Wars but here in Charlotte, we’re in the midst of Grocery Wars. The battle is on for your food dollars as longtime, homegrown titan, Harris Teeter, continues to spar with Florida-based Publix. Even as the invader is building stores across the street from HT, the nation’s top supermarket, Wegman’s, is planning to invade. What’s behind the supermarket boom and what does this mean for you?  Find out.

Infertility In Charlotte

May 2, 2016

Every city has couples who struggle with infertility issues but Charlotte has been characterized as a small city with big city infertility treatment. Charlotte has become a hub of knowledge in the field of infertility research and nearly 4,000 people a year in the Queen City seek out treatment. We meet some of the people on the front lines of that research working to help people find answers to what has come to be recognized as a disease.

Friday News Roundup

Apr 29, 2016

A federal judge ruled this week that North Carolina’s sweeping election overhaul IS constitutional – a look at what the ruling means. The North Carolina General Assembly is in session with several issues vying for center stage including I-77 toll lane construction and HB2. And the Charlotte Hornets are one win away from advancing in the NBA playoffs. Those topics and more on the local news roundup.

Homo Naledi And How We Think About Human Evolution (Rebroadcast)

Apr 28, 2016

Since the dawn of time, man has pondered this question: Where did we come from? Scientists have inched ever closer to an answer but we still don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle. And, it seems, each time we get closer, some new finding creates more questions than answers. Such is the case with the recent discovery of a new species, an ancient human ancestor. We talk about that discovery and what it could mean for the human family tree.


As children, older adults remember leaving the house in the morning and not returning until dinner time. Their parents didn’t know exactly where they were and the kids didn’t have to check in. Today, that trend has reversed with helicopter parents hovering over their child's every move. Lenore Skenazy made headlines when she allowed her son to ride the New York City subway alone at age 9. She fills us in on her "free range kids" philosophy.

Addressing Gentrification In Charlotte

Apr 26, 2016
Gwendolyn Glenn / WFAE

Charlotte is back in the boom business with growth and development now focusing on older neighborhoods.  So what happens to those neighborhoods and their longtime residents when redevelopment comes rolling through? Areas in the urban core like Villa Heights, Biddleville and Cherry are experiencing an influx of newcomers and the style of housing going up is changing the character of those areas and driving prices up. 

'The Story Of Autism'

Apr 25, 2016

When a Mississippi toddler was sent away to an institution nearly 80 years ago, there wasn’t a name for his odd behavior. The boy’s mother thought he was insane. A few years later, he would become the first-ever diagnosed case of autism. Several decades would pass for public awareness to catch up and even for the medical community to get a handle on it. ABC’s John Donvan has written a book chronicling that journey. He and his co-author share that story.