CorneliusNews.net: Studying Plans For I77: Toll
6:31 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

CorneliusNews.net: Studying Plans For I77: Toll Lanes Ahead?

Consultants and other visitors at Wednesday's drop-in workshop

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/CorneliusNews.net)

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Cemeteries In Our Midst
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Cemeteries In Our Midst

A gravestone in the cemetery adjacent to the Grand Promenade Village in University City. Photo: Tanner Latham.

Mecklenburg County has at least 270 known cemetery sites. Some are obvious, located along a main road or next to a church. But other burial grounds have become obscured by the passage of time, neglect, or urban sprawl. WFAE's Mark Rumsey reports on a few local cemeteries that are "hidden in plain sight."

A gravestone in the cemetery adjacent to the Grand Promenade Village in University City. Photo: Tanner Latham.

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CMS Looks At Why So Many At Two Schools Didn't
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

CMS Looks At Why So Many At Two Schools Didn't Take Tests

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has released student end of year test scores for all of its schools, except two. West Charlotte and Harding high schools didn't have enough students taking the tests to post official scores for those schools. The state requires a school to test 95 percent of students in a course. Last night, school board members asked what happened.

Superintendent Heath Morrison questioned whether leaders at West Charlotte tried hard enough to get students to take them. But at Harding he said it was a different case.

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Charlotte Observer: Would-Be DNC Home Renters
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer: Would-Be DNC Home Renters Adjust Expectations

With the Democratic National Convention less than a month away, some Charlotte residents who want to rent out their homes for the event have had to adjust their price expectations.
While there are stories of people cashing in on the Sept. 4-6 event, many homeowners have lowered their prices in the hope of getting something rather than nothing.
The rental craze surrounding the convention started months ago, but rental activity has spiked in the past few weeks, according to two rental services.

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This Week In Politics: Convention Speakers,
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

This Week In Politics: Convention Speakers, Romney's Gaffes Abroad...

Leading up to next month's Democratic National Convention and to the November election, most Fridays, Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer is joining Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen to talk politics.

MCFADYEN: Professor Bitzer, good morning.

BITZER: Good morning.

MCFADYEN: So the big news out of the Charlotte area in politics this week: the Democratic National Convention Committee announced the speakers' line up for next month. Were there any surprises there? What stands out to you?

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Revaluation Town Hall Meetings
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Revaluation Town Hall Meetings

Persistent complaints about the 2011 property revaluation in Mecklenburg County enters a new phase this week. A private auditor, hired by the county to investigate the revaluation process, will hold a series of six public meetings. The first is Monday night in Matthews.

"This whole process is only going to work well if citizens come forward and let us know what the concerns are," says Emmett Curl of Pearson's Appraisal Service, the company conducting the audit.

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Well-Known Mooresville Football Coach Remembered
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Well-Known Mooresville Football Coach Remembered

A processional will be held in downtown Mooresville tomorrow afternoon to remember a well-known football coach who died last week. Joe Popp's career spanned the high school, college, and professional levels.

Even long after Joe Popp retired, you could find him at the Mooresville high football field on Fridays just before game time, talking shop.

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Duke To Offer Free Classes Online
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Duke To Offer Free Classes Online

Duke University has announced it will begin offering free Internet courses this fall to anyone who wants to enroll. The school is partnering with a California startup that has more than a dozen top-tier universities offering classes online.

Sixty thousand dollars. That's the estimated cost to attend Duke University during the coming school year. And even if you could afford to attend, you'd still need the grades to get in.

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Charlotte Observer: United Technologies Sought
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer: United Technologies Sought Up-Front Cash Incentives From City, County

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. "They would like to diversify."

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Surprise CEO Switch As Duke/Progress Complete
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Surprise CEO Switch As Duke/Progress Complete Merger

In a surprise move Tuesday morning, the board of the newly-merged Duke and Progress Energy announced Duke CEO Jim Rogers would stay on as the top executive. Throughout the merger process, the companies had said Progress CEO Bill Johnson would take the leadership role, but he resigned today by "mutual agreement."

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