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Local News
4:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

City Stops Paying Court Costs For CMPD Officer

Officer Randall Kerrick

If you're a city employee sued by anyone while you're on the job, the city will help pay for your legal costs. That's how it usually works.

But last month, city manager Ron Carlee decided to stop paying attorney fees for Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick.That's because CMPD charged him with a crime: voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell.


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Local News
7:47 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Why We Disbelieve Science, Consider Conspiracies

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Fluoridated water reduces cavities, as scientific studies have repeatedly shown. Yet for decades, public health and government officials have had to defend fluoride in public drinking water, against at-times outlandish conspiracy theories. It’s a battle currently playing out in Charlotte. WFAE’s Ben Bradford examines why we have trouble believing the science.


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Local News
5:16 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Charlotte City Council Decides Not To Regulate Ride-Share Drivers

Charlotte City Council is giving up the idea of regulating drivers for app-based ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. 


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Local News
9:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

City Council Approves $108 Million For Arena And Streetcar

Charlotte City Council has approved $33.5 million to renovate the nine year old Time Warner cable Arena.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte City Council approved more than $108 million in new spending Monday night. The money will go to two controversial projects, renovating Time Warner Cable Arena and an extension to the city’s east-west streetcar line.

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Local News
5:01 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Taxi Drivers Want Tough Regulation Of UberX And Lyft

Taxi drivers and cab company owners crowd into the Passenger Vehicle For Hire Board meeting room, August 5, 2014.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

The city of Charlotte is looking to regulate drivers for smartphone-based ridesharing services including Uber-X and Lyft. But taxi drivers say the proposed restrictions still give the companies an unfair advantage.

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Local News
8:39 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Charlotte City Council Continuing Airport Lawsuit, Despite New State Law

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The Charlotte city council met behind closed doors Monday night with its lawyers to discuss, once again, the ongoing lawsuit against state lawmakers and the airport commission they created to take control of Charlotte Douglas. The council will continue the suit, despite another, recent state law intended to stop it.


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Local News
9:33 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Charlotte Officials Try To Put Up A Sign

The signs in question.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

How many people does it take to put up a sign? In Charlotte, the answer is a city councilman, the city manager, and a multi-departmental government task force.

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Local News
5:17 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Airport 'Clarity' Bill Passes Legislature

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The state legislature has successfully passed another effort to wrest Charlotte Douglas airport from City Council control.


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Arts & Life
10:24 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Task Force Recommends Dedicated Tax Funding For Arts Institutions

For years Charlotte’s cultural institutions have faced a stark problem.

Admissions and ticket sales aren’t paying the bills. And donations, big and small, often don’t make up the difference.

So city and county officials put together a task force to come up with suggestions on how to keep the arts afloat in our area.

After more than a year of work, the Cultural Life Task Force has released its recommendations.

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Local News
8:14 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

NC Senate Passes Airport Commission Bill

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The North Carolina Senate has passed a bill that could strip control of Charlotte Douglas Airport from the city council and end a year-long legal impasse in the state’s favor—all less than two days after the legislation became public.


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