Studying Plans For I77: Toll Lanes Ahead?

Aug 24, 2012

Consultants and other visitors at Wednesday's drop-in workshop at Cornelius Town Hall looked at maps of the proposed I-77 widening project. (David Boraks/ Residents, businesspeople and local officials this week got a closeup look at several versions of a proposal to build high-occupancy toll lanes on I-77 to help relieve rush-hour congestion north of Charlotte. At workshops in Cornelius Wednesday and Charlotte Thursday, NC Department of Transportation officials and consultants showed maps of the planned route and drawings of what toll lanes might look like.

CMS Police Go Door-To-Door Uptown

Aug 24, 2012

CMS Police car. Photo: Jennifer Lang Police officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District are going door-to-door Uptown giving parents the run-down on bus changes and security restrictions during the Democratic National Convention. CMS Police Chief Bud Cesena says the first week of September will pose some challenges for the 372 students and their families who live inside the I-277 loop. "Some bus stops - because they're in the hot zone - won't exist any more," says Cesena.

Duke CEO Reassures Florida Regulators

Aug 24, 2012

School doesn't start until August 27, but teachers at nine West Charlotte schools are going back to work today. They're getting an additional week-and-a-half of training focused on teaching students living in poverty. That's nearly all of the kids at these schools, which are part of a private partnership called Project LIFT. They'll also look at ways to get parents to participate in their child's education and go through a poverty simulation.

United Technologies wanted to move a division headquarters to Charlotte from Connecticut for "political diversification," as it seeks more leverage in Washington, D.C., according to the Charlotte Chamber. "They have all of their eggs in one basket politically, by having multiple divisions - all of which are in Connecticut," Chamber president Bob Morgan told City Council members during a May 14 closed session meeting.

Charlotte Observer: CMPD Officer Shoots, Kills Man

Aug 24, 2012

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer shot and killed a man during a struggle overnight in northwest Charlotte, police officials say. Killed in the shooting was Michael Deangelo Laney, 28, according to police. Authorities say Laney was shot and killed by Officer Anthony Holzhauer during a scuffle on Crestview Drive, off Beatties Ford Road. Police say Laney had tried to escape from police before the scuffle, then tried to pull out a gun while wrestling with Officer Ryan Shields.. Laney's relatives told reporters that police overreacted.

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Service biologist Sue Cameron makes her way through a southern Appalachian bog May 2010 Photo: Gary Peeples/USFWS The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to protect 23,000 acres in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. Agency biologist Gary Peeples says the area's bogs are home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the region. He says many plants have found ways to adapt to the poor soil of the bogs like the carnivorous pitcher plants that lure insects into their trumpet-shaped tube.