CorneliusNews.net: 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/CorneliusNews.net) 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 Gets Ready For The Beginning Of The School Year

Aug 24, 2012

Charlotte Mecklenburg School teachers headed back to work Thursday to start preparing for students' arrival on August 27. The district doesn't expect to be scrambling to hire teachers as the school year starts like in past years. CMS Auxiliary Services Director Kathryn Block says CMS has a lot of hiring out the way and is in good shape at this point. The district has filled nearly 99 percent of teaching positions. "It's not about putting a body in the seat. It is about the quality of the teachers we're putting in our classrooms," says Block.

Charlotte Observer: Would-Be DNC Home Renters Adjust Expectations

Aug 24, 2012

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.

Duke Asks For Rate Cut, Regulators Hire Attorney

Aug 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer: Utilities Commission Faces Risks In Ousting Duke Energy CEO

Aug 24, 2012

Jim Rogers. Restoring trust between Duke Energy and the N.C. Utilities Commission could lead to a settlement that replaces reinstated CEO Jim Rogers, a state official says. While state law gives the commission broad authority, some legal experts say it would be a mistake for the commission to try to force a management change on Duke. Commission Chairman Edward Finley has hinted that the commission could address Duke's management as it investigates the forced resignation of former Progress Energy chief Bill Johnson hours after the companies merged.

Still Hot, Still Now

Aug 24, 2012

Questions linger on Robert Pittenger land deals

Aug 24, 2012

A legislative vote that ignited controversy a decade ago is sparking new questions about a candidate in the runoff in the 9th Congressional District. At issue: a 2003 vote by then-Sen. Robert Pittenger for a bill that involved land which he partly owned, a bill that ultimately helped increase the property's value. It's one reason 16 current or former elected officials in Union County, including seven mayors, have endorsed Jim Pendergraph, a Mecklenburg County commissioner, over Pittenger in the race to replace Rep. Sue Myrick.

North Carolina lawmakers have passed a budget that includes money for light rail from Uptown Charlotte to the University area. But it doesn't set aside any money for the proposed Garden Parkway toll road. Twenty-five million dollars for the light rail made it into this year's budget. Like last year it was a close call. The House wanted it and the Senate did not. The Federal Transit Administration has said it's likely the agency will pay for half of the project. But the state has to pitch in a quarter of the line's $1.16 billion cost.

CHS Partners With Cone Health In Triad

Aug 24, 2012

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