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Charlotte's Tree Canopy And NC Forests

Mar 8, 2016
Flickr/Erik Cleves Kristensen

While Charlotte was going about planting its iconic trees, the seeds of the American conservation movement were being planted just up the road in Asheville at the Biltmore Estate. A German forester, Carl Schenck, was hired to manage the forest surrounding the stately home. That work is the focus of a film, America’s First Forest, which is being screened next week in Charlotte. We’ll speak with the executive producer of the film.

Affordable Housing In Charlotte

Mar 7, 2016

Affordable housing has long been in short supply.  Now, Mayor Jennifer Roberts says we need an additional 34,000 affordable housing units in Charlotte, double the number from just a few years ago.  With rents and other prices rising and income flat lining, nearly 25,000 families live in inadequate or cost-burdened housing conditions struggling to make ends meet.  We examine the problem and hear about some possible solutions.

Friday News Roundup

Mar 4, 2016

On this week’s edition of Charlotte’s Local News Roundup we get reaction to the Super Tuesday contests and what they mean for North Carolina’s upcoming primary; an update on congressional redistricting in the state and on the new sales taxes on services that went into effect this week; protests surrounding Margaret Spellings’ first week as UNC system president and more.

Development Of Charlotte's 'North End'

Mar 3, 2016
Jennifer Lang / WFAE

Charlotte’s growth to the south has been remarkable and now the focus is shifting North.  Major headway is being made on the Blue Line extension from Uptown out to UNC Charlotte and plans are being made for a North Tryon revitalization that holds the promise of transformation.  We explore the future of Charlotte’s “North End” along the North Tryon corridor and the possible impact of the light rail extension to the University.

Keeping Watch On Air Quality

Mar 1, 2016
Conrad Erb

Part of an artist’s job is to help us see our world in different ways. Now, thanks to the marriage of art and technology, we can see the unseen pollution all around us, pollution that can have a negative impact on your health and well-being. And believe it or not, this environmental art work is actually quite beautiful. That work is coming to Charlotte and we hear all about that and an on-going conversation about environmental issues facing us.

NC Voting And Super Tuesday

Feb 29, 2016

A lot of changes are in the offing for North Carolina voters. Legislators recently redrew congressional distracts at the insistence of a Federal three-judge panel. Meanwhile, a separate court will determine the fate of the state's election overhaul including voter ID. The upcoming North Carolina primary will be the first election during which voter ID will be required.

SC Primary Recap / Author John Feinstein

Feb 29, 2016

A recap of the South Carolina Democratic primary and what its outcome means nationally and a visit with John Feinstein looking back on a Golden Era in North Carolina college basketball.

Friday News Roundup

Feb 26, 2016

On this week’s local news round-up: Saturday’s South Carolina Democratic Primary. Does Hillary have it in the bag? The Charlotte City Council approves a Non-Discrimination Ordinance but the governor and the Legislature have problems with it.  We take another look at the on-going debate at CMS over pupil assignment and more. Catch up on national and international news at 10:00 and 11:00 but get started with what’s happened here this week during the regional news roundup.

North Carolina Distilleries

Feb 25, 2016
David Boraks / WFAE

Craft Beer maybe exploding but it’s relatively new in North Carolina. What isn’t new is the distilling of spirits. It goes back to the days of moonshiners cooking up batches in the woods with revenuers hot on their heels.  Today, distillers are out in the open and have tapped into the public’s thirst for locally-crafted liquor but like craft brewers, they, too, face some antiquated laws.  

The Value Of College Athletics

Feb 24, 2016
GonchoA / Flickr

We know that college sports bring in big money for many schools and can be boon to their bottom line but who pays the tab for these expensive programs?  At many institutions, student fees largely subsidize athletics and we’re talking BIG money here, about $10 billion in student fees in the last five years.  Are students getting a return on that investment?  We talk to two local athletic directors about that.