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Friday News Roundup

Jun 24, 2016

Mecklenburg County Commissioners give themselves a raise while CMS rolls out new guidelines on how to handle transgender students. FAA policy seems to settle the struggle over control of Charlotte’s airport – at least for now. The North Carolina Legislature won’t be stopping the I-77 toll lanes in this session and health officials investigate a death from a brain-eating ameba possibly contracted at the Whitewater Center. Those stories and more.

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CMPD Chief Kerr Putney / I-77 Tolls Update

Jun 23, 2016
David Boraks / WFAE

Part 1

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney has been in his job for a year now. In that time, the department has grappled with a high-profile trial, an uptick in crime and more. He’s been given the go-ahead to hire more officers but only half the number he’s asked for so Chief Putney reflects on his first year at the top and talks about the future.

H-1B Visas And Foreign Tech Workers In Charlotte

Jun 22, 2016

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.

Active Shooters

Jun 21, 2016
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There have been more than 130 mass shootings in the U.S. since the start of this year in which 70 people died and 146 people were injured. Most of them occurred in places where the victims felt safe. Which has led many governments and businesses to conduct active shooter training for their workers. That, of course, raises the question of why this is suddenly necessary? What is going on? We hear from some experts.

FinTech In Charlotte

Jun 20, 2016

Fintech is a new word to most. It represents the intersection of finance and technology and Charlotte is seen as a place for huge possibilities in fintech due to our status as a banking hub.  We find out more about this new industry, how our pool of bankers-turned-entrepreneurs is helping fintech to grow here and how one Charlotte company is trying to get banking and members of the creative class to work together.

Friday News Roundup

Jun 17, 2016

On the weekly local news roundup – the Charlotte city budget has been passed with no property tax hikes. Gun sales rise in the Queen City in the aftermath of the shootings in Orlando. The bill for pulling out of the I-77 toll lane deal may come to $800 million while the mayor of Cornelius feels the heat for meeting with state senate leaders on the matter. And Bank of America is cutting jobs. Those stories and more.

Anniversary Of Charleston Shooting: The State Of Race Relations

Jun 16, 2016
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Friday marks one year since the tragic shootings that claimed the lives of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. The shootings were racially motivated, ignited a nationwide conversation about racism and resulted in the Confederate flag being removed from South Carolina’s Statehouse grounds. But what has been the lasting impact? We look into that with several people including one who lost his sister in that horrible tragedy.

Author Lisa Grunwald, 'The Marriage Book'

Jun 15, 2016

June is wedding season and as couples prepare for that momentous event, they are being bombarded by marriage advice – some good, and some not so good, some may even be considered “old-fashioned.” Author Lisa Grunwald has compiled centuries of that advice and the result is “The Marriage Book,” clearly demonstrating how our views on marriage have evolved. She joins us to share what they’ve learned.

North Carolina State Parks Centennial (Rebroadcast)

Jun 14, 2016
Briana Duggan / WFAE

Both the North Carolina and the National Park systems are turning 100 this year. From the largest to the smallest, these parks have become a national treasure that are experiencing a surge in use with last year seeing record-setting attendance. But the growing popularity of communing with nature in our parks is presenting its own challenges. Some say we’re actually loving our parks to death. We take a look at the history of our parks and the future of them.

Originally aired May 10, 2016

Does My Vote Matter?

Jun 13, 2016
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Tom Bullock / WFAE

With the primary season over, Americans are looking toward November – or at least they should be but a recent poll reveals that 90 percent of Americans aren’t confident in the political system. That could lead voters to question the worth of their ballot. They might ask, “Does my vote count in a system of super delegates and the Electoral College?” NPR is examining that question and so will we.


Amid Long Voting Lines And Claims Of A 'Rigged System,' Does My Vote Matter?