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Local News
4:17 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Charlotte 'An Incredible Surprise' To New City Manager Carlee

Charlotte's new city manager went on WFAE's Charlotte Talks Wednesday to get more specific about his views on issues the city faces – including transit and airport management. 

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Local News
4:01 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

House Lawmaker Pledges To Go Slow On Airport Authority Bill

NC Representative Bill Brawley
Credit Julie Rose

The drive to turn Charlotte Douglas International Airport over to a regional governing authority has shifted out of the fast lane.

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Local News
9:50 am
Tue April 2, 2013

New City Manager Ready To Deal With Challenges Simultaneously

Ron Carlee was sworn in as Charlotte City Manager on Monday night.
Credit Julie Rose

It's day two on the job for Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee who was sworn in Monday night. But Carlee says he's actually been working for several weeks to get his arms around the many hot button issues facing the city right now.

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Local News
5:17 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Lots Of Fiction Going Around In Charlotte Airport Debate

Many of city's claims are "bluster" regarding Charlotte Airport debt that is paying for a new parking deck, among other improvements.
Credit Julie Rose

 The City of Charlotte is scrambling to keep its grasp on Charlotte Douglas International Airport as a group of state lawmakers and influential local figures move to create a regional authority that would oversee the airport. The city's latest tactic involves sending regular emails to the media to set the record straight on various claims made by airport authority backers. But sometimes even the fact check needs a fact check. 


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Charlotte Observer
10:09 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Airport Authority Backers Downplay Concerns

RALEIGH Two key supporters of a proposed Charlotte airport authority Tuesday sought to downplay a report from the state Treasurer’s office that raised issues over the move.

In a letter Monday to Sen. Bob Rucho, a main sponsor of a bill to transfer airport control from the city to an independent authority, Deputy Treasurer T. Vance Holloman warned that could result in “prolonged litigation” and even raise the cost of state borrowing. He urged lawmakers to “proceed cautiously.”

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Local News
9:27 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Counties Poised To Weigh-In On Charlotte Airport Controversy

Senate Bill 81 would transfer control of the Charlotte Airport to a regional board, including appointees of five counties that border Mecklenburg. Two of them - Gaston and Union Counties - are considering resolutions of support for the legislation.
Credit Julie Rose

The five counties bordering Mecklenburg would suddenly have a voice in Charlotte Airport management if Senate Bill 81 passes. That's the measure sponsored by Matthews Senator Bob Rucho to pry the airport from Charlotte's grasp and place it in the hands of a 13-member regional board.

To date, none of the counties included on that board have taken a clear stance on the move, but that may soon change.

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Local News
12:58 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

NC Treasurer Urges Caution On Airport Authority Bill

a US Airways jet lands at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
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"Proceed cautiously" is the North Carolina treasurer's advice to lawmakers trying to place control of the Charlotte airport in the hands of a regional authority.

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Local News
9:31 am
Fri March 22, 2013

US Airways CEO: 'We're Very Concerned' About Charlotte Airport

US Airways CEO Doug Parker speaking to media at the airline's training center in Charlotte on Thursday morning.
Credit Julie Rose

"Agnostic" is how one US Airways executive described the company's stance on whether the Charlotte airport should be overseen by the city or placed in the hands of a regional authority.  US Airways CEO Doug Parker carried that same tune while in town Thursday, but also made it clear the airline doesn't want a backseat entirely. 


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Local News
1:35 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

US Airways CEO Comes To Charlotte To 'Celebrate' Merger

US Airways CEO Doug Parker visited the airline's training facility in Charlotte on Thursday, March 21, 2013 to tout a proposed merger with American Airlines.
Credit Julie Rose

On Thursday, US Airways CEO Doug Parker paid his first visit to Charlotte since the company announced plans to merge with American Airlines. 


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Local News
9:32 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Airport Authority Bill Moves Forward

A bill to place the Charlotte Airport under control of a regional authority surmounted a major hurdle Tuesday afternoon - state senators voted 33 to 16 in its favor. WFAE's Julie Rose spoke with All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey about the progress of the measure.

RUMSEY: Julie, this bill is moving fairly quickly – despite pleas from Charlotte's mayor, city council and even Governor McCrory himself to slow down. What's driving this?

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