CorneliusNews.net: Studying Plans For I77: Toll
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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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'Occupy' Protesters Acquitted
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

'Occupy' Protesters Acquitted

Jason Dow, Laura Brooks and Scottie Wingfield outside the Mecklenburg County Courthouse following their acquital. Photo: Julie

Jason Dow, Laura Brooks and Scottie Wingfield outside the Mecklenburg County Courthouse following their acquital. Photo: Julie Rose

Three Occupy Charlotte protesters were acquitted Thursday of charges they resisted arrest during a police eviction of their encampment at old City Hall in January.

Mecklenburg County Judge John Totten ruled that Laura Brooks, Scottie Wingfield and Jason Dow were not in violation of a city ordinance that prohibits camping on city property, because the tent they were arrested in was not being used for sleeping or storing personal belongings.

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The Week In Politics: Chicken, Polls, And
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

The Week In Politics: Chicken, Polls, And Smartphone Apps

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We heard a lot about chicken last week regarding the Chick-Fil-A and gay marriage.

So, in response to that controversy, Public Policy Polling conducted a poll on . . . chicken. The poll found that Chick-Fil-A is North Carolina's favorite fast-food chicken restaurant. It's preferred by 40 percent of voters. KFC is second at 23 percent, followed by Bojangles at 18 percent.

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Common Complaints Emerge From Revaluation Hearings
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Common Complaints Emerge From Revaluation Hearings

A private firm enlisted to investigate Mecklenburg County's 2011 property revaluation is nearing the end of a public hearing schedule.

Seventy-seven people attended a hearing in Matthews last week to sound-off on the county's revaluation process. A hearing in Cornelius drew 170 people and went for three hours. The next two meetings - on Beatties Ford Road last week and at the Government Center last night drew fewer than 20 people each.

But attendance numbers aside, audit manager Emmett Curl says the hearings are yielding a similar set of concerns.

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Morrison Shares Thoughts On Challenges Facing CMS
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Morrison Shares Thoughts On Challenges Facing CMS

Heath Morrison

Heath Morrison

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has had a new superintendent for a month now. Heath Morrison has been praised by parents, teachers, and even state lawmakers as superintendent of Washoe County Schools in Reno, Nevada. And so far, he hasn't had any naysayers in Charlotte. But most of what he's doing is listening at this point.

WFAE's Lisa Miller sat down with Morrison to discuss his impressions about CMS so far.

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Concord Woman Strikes Gold In Thrift Store
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Concord Woman Strikes Gold In Thrift Store

A Concord woman struck gold in a thrift store after buying a $10 painting that's been valued at upwards of $20,000.

Beth Feeback found the painting at a Goodwill store near Greensboro and only wanted it for the canvas. She planned to paint over it with her own artwork.

"I paint kind of oddball stuff," Feeback says. "I'll like paint a cat head over Jesus' face on some kind of dollar store iconography painting and then, you know, Jesus is a cat, which is kind of fun."

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Charlotte Area May Get Seven New Charter Schools
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Area May Get Seven New Charter Schools

The number of charter schools in the Charlotte area is about to jump. The state's charter advisory council recommended approving seven new schools in the area for the fall of 2013. The state board of education is likely to give those schools the green light.

Charter schools get tax money, but don't answer to public school districts. The Charlotte area already has more than fifteen, serving upwards of 10,000 kids.

Four new charter schools proposed for Mecklenburg County would focus on serving at-risk students, mainly in west Charlotte.

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NC Regulators Summon Ousted Duke CEO Johnson To
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NC Regulators Summon Ousted Duke CEO Johnson To Tell His Side

North Carolina utility regulators have ordered former Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson to give his side of the ongoing saga over his sudden ouster.

Earlier this week, Duke CEO Jim Rogers testified a "lack of confidence" in Johnson's leadership skills led the board of the newly-merged companies to fire the Progress CEO rather than making him head of the company.

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Local Labor Leaders Upset By Parade Route, Plan To
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Local Labor Leaders Upset By Parade Route, Plan To Protest DNC

Charlotte-Based C-130 Crashes In South Dakota
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte-Based C-130 Crashes In South Dakota

A Charlotte-based Air National Guard plane crashed Sunday night while on a wildfire-fighting mission in South Dakota, killing some crew members.

"Obviously there were casualties, lives were lost and there were injuries. We're grateful for survivors. Our thoughts and prayers to out to the families who have lost loved ones," said Lt. Col. Robert Carver, a spokesman for the North Carolina Air National Guard.

Carver did not release names of victims, but Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal of Mooresville was killed in the crash, family members told the Charlotte Observer.

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