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The Republican-run General Assembly has been busy in North Carolina. Less than half-way through the six month session and we've no shortage of controversial topics to tackle. Voter ID laws and tax reform are biggies. Then there's the frost relationship between Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and his predecessor who's now in the Governor's Mansion. Charlotte finds itself scraping for state support to renovate Bank of America Stadium and prevent a takeover of the city-owned airport. We take it all in with a panel of political experts, when Charlotte Talks.

Lisa Miller

Coaches can have a big impact on kids on and off the field.  With that in mind, a group working to prevent domestic violence gathered together a couple hundred coaches in Charlotte Thursday. They discussed how to grow players into respectful, young men.  

The group A Call To Men knows how to get coaches to listen up.  Call in Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera.

“When I started here, the very first thing I put up on my first PowerPoint: be a man,” Rivera told the coaches.      

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 Charlotte is up to bat again in Raleigh tomorrow on its other big legislative battle – this one to get approval for a tax hike that would help renovate Bank of America Stadium. Lawmakers balked at the city's initial request to double the local restaurant tax for a period of 30 years.  Now the city is offering a compromise.

Deadspin Report: Panthers Profits Nearly $100 Million Over Two Years

Mar 8, 2013

The Carolina Panthers, who are seeking more than $200 million in public funds for stadium renovations, said Thursday the team made $66.5 million during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, after an audit of the team was published by the website Deadspin.

State lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow the city of Charlotte to pay for renovations to Bank of America stadium, but not the way the city wants to.  The bill sponsored by four Mecklenburg County lawmakers gives the city flexibility to redirect tax money earmarked for the convention center. 

GOP Lawmakers: Charlotte Voters Should Decide On Food Tax For Stadium

Feb 14, 2013
ncleg.net

  RALEIGH Two Republican lawmakers say any effort to raise Charlotte’s prepared food tax to help upgrade Bank of America Stadium would require a vote by the public.

Panthers Running Backs Contribute To Salary Cap Woes

Feb 12, 2013
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  While the Carolina Panthers are in talks to upgrade their stadium, they also need to figure out who will play in it next season. The team is more than $10 million over next year’s league-wide salary cap. That means dropping expensive players and reworking contracts to get below the cap by March 12.

Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

  The city’s plan to contribute $125 million toward renovating Bank of America stadium started with a letter Mayor Anthony Foxx sent to the team last September, Carolina Panthers president Danny Morrison said Monday.

During the past year, the football team had commissioned studies on possible renovations to the 17-year-old stadium. The city had been part of some meetings with the Panthers, but had received no request for aid.

Foxx’s letter raised the prospect of city investment in the project, Morrison said, leading to three months of private negotiations and debate.

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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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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