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9:50 am
Sun February 10, 2013

2 Men Charged With Running Big Dogfighting Ring In E. Charlotte

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police have shut down a major dog fighting ring in East Charlotte. On Friday, officers raided a house on Carelock Circle off Albemarle Road after neighbors complained about barking. They found pit bulls on chains as well as items used to train fighting dogs.

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Local News
4:38 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Council, Panthers Strike Deal That Calls For $143 Million From City

Credit Flickr/Suzie T

The Charlotte City Council this afternoon reached a tentative deal with the Carolina  Panthers to spend $143 million on improvements at Bank of America Stadium.  In exchange, the Panthers agree to stay in Charlotte for at least 15 years. Without this deal, City Attorney Bob Hagemann says the city could lose the team at any time.

"It's a lot of money, but if the public would look at other NFL stadium deals in recent years, this is relatively modest and we think this is a very good deal to keep such an important asset – one of 32 NFL franchises – here in North Carolina," he said.

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Local News
5:10 am
Thu February 7, 2013

As Panthers Seek A Cut, A City Sales Tax Primer

Credit Jennifer Lang / WFAE

The Carolina Panthers say their 17- year old stadium needs an upgrade and they want taxpayers to pitch in. City of Charlotte officials are busy negotiating behind closed doors to come up with as much as half of the $250 million renovation.  They're reportedly looking at doubling the city's tax on prepared foods, such as meals in restaurants. That's not the only local tax Charlotte has used to fund big projects in the past. We asked WFAE's Julie Rose to sort out the sales taxes Charlotte has access to, as this debate over upgrading Bank of America stadium unfolds. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

The Business Of Sports

  Sports have become big business in Charlotte, but the financial aspects of at least two of our local teams have been the source of controversy. Jerry Richardson, Owner of the Carolina Panthers, has asked the city— - which means taxpayers - to fund $125 million in stadium renovations. Meanwhile the Charlotte Knights are set to build an uptown baseball stadium; also a move met with mixed reactions. We’'ll look at that latest coaching moves, the likely economic costs of these most recent proposals and more when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Observer
10:01 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Convention Center Money Could Help Cover Panthers Stadium Upgrades

Bank of America Stadium
Credit Flickr/Suzie T

  Rather than raise taxes to help pay for Bank of America Stadium renovations, the city of Charlotte could cover almost all of the team’s $125 million request by using Convention Center money.

New estimates from the city show that a Convention Center fund could finance $110 million in debt.

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Local News
9:25 am
Wed January 16, 2013

New Panthers' GM's Job Is 'To Fix Things'

Dave Gettleman addresses the media in Charlotte for the first time as Panthers' general manager.
Michael Tomsic

The Carolina Panthers new general manager says if he does his job right, the team will win a Super Bowl. Those were among Dave Gettleman’s comments at his introductory press conference Tuesday at the Panther’s stadium. 

Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson laid it out simply for his newest hire:

"One of the things a general manager has to do, is he has to be able to fix things," Richardson said.

Dave Gettleman has a lot to fix. He’s taking over a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in four years and hasn’t won a playoff game since 2006. 

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Local News
4:19 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Behind Closed Doors, Panthers Ask Council For Stadium Upgrades

The City Council is considering providing public funds to renovate Bank of America stadium.
Credit Flickr/Suzie T

The Charlotte City Council met Monday night behind closed doors with Panthers president Danny Morrison and owner Jerry Richardson. The team is seeking public support for renovation of their 16-year-old stadium. But, Panthers officials won’t talk about it, the mayor won’t talk about it, and (only) a limited number of staff have been let in on it.

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Charlotte Observer
9:48 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Carolina Panthers Seek $125 Million From Charlotte For Bank Of America Stadium Renovation

Bank of America Stadium
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  The Carolina Panthers asked the Charlotte City Council in closed session late Monday for $125 million to help pay for renovating Bank of America Stadium, according to two sources.

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Charlotte Observer
9:53 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Cleveland Browns Hire Carolina Panthers Assistant Rob Chudzinski

Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski observes players on the practice fieled during the first day of Panthers minicamp on June 12, 2012.
Credit David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

  The most eventful week in recent Panthers history took an unexpected turn Thursday night when offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. 

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Local News
9:33 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Carolina Panthers Lose To Chiefs In Emotional Game

The Carolina Panthers lost to the Chiefs Sunday in what was an emotional scene in Kansas City. The game was played a day after one of the Chiefs' starting linebackers killed his girlfriend and then himself.

Chiefs' linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend early Saturday morning, and then drove to the team's practice facility and killed himself in front of his coach Romeo Crennel and general manager.

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