Charlotte City Council

  Supporters and opponents of House Bill 2 both rallied near the legislature Monday, as lawmakers returned for the new session. And as they returned, four Democratic representatives introduced a bill to repeal the controversial law.

North Carolina General Assembly

 State Senate Leader Phil Berger says he doesn’t envision any changes to House Bill 2 during the short session that begins Monday, including one revision requested by Gov. Pat McCrory. He also said he’ll push for a 2 percent state budget increase, including another round of teacher raises. 

Diedra Laird / Charlotte Observer

Two weeks ago,  PayPal announced Charlotte would be home to a new global operations center. On Tuesday, the company canceled those expansion plans. The reason: House Bill 2, which the legislature passed and the governor signed March 23.  

Julie Rose / WFAE

For the last three years, Ron Carlee has served as Charlotte’s City Manager, responsible for running the day to day operations of the 16th largest city in America. Carlee’s contract expires in March. Carlee announced Wednesday night that he won't seek a new contract, although it's unclear if he would have been offered one.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

It was a crucial vote about one of the region’s most congested roadways. The Charlotte City Council voted twice Monday night to support toll lanes around the region. And specifically the project on I-77 North now under construction. That vote was 7 to 4. This despite many council members accusing State officials of issuing financial threats if they didn’t approve the project.

The transportation committee of the Charlotte City Council voted Monday to continue support of controversial toll lanes planned for I-77, I-485 and U-S 74.  The full council is scheduled to take up the issue later this month.

Gwendolyn Glenn/WFAE

Crime is a fact of life and so is the reality that some neighborhoods will have more of it than others. But that doesn’t mean residents in high-crime areas are complacent. In Charlotte, many are pushing city officials to aggressively tackle crime in their communities. One idea that’s gotten a lot of attention calls for designated zones in high-crime areas that would ban people from those communities when they commit a crime there.

Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte’s City Council approved a slew of new spending measures at Monday night’s council meeting, including another $20 million for upgrades at Bank of America stadium—the second of three installments the city agreed to in 2013. 

Council members also agreed to subsidize the NBA All-Star Game in 2017 to the tune of $3 million—half the event’s projected cost.

Busy Night Ahead For Charlotte City Council

Jul 27, 2015
Michael Tomsic

Charlotte’s city council has a full docket this evening at one of its few summer meetings. Council members will consider spending millions on sports and economic development deals.

This is the only city council meeting in a two-month span, with elections looming in September.

New CMPD Chief Kerr Putney Sworn In

Jun 29, 2015
Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte has a new police chief. Long-time CMPD veteran Kerr Putney took the oath of office before the city council Monday.