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3:57 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Charlotte Airport Expansion Plans Unveiled Tonight

Charlotte-Douglas Airport had a record 44 million passengers in 2014.
Credit Julie Rose

More than 44 million passengers flew through Charlotte-Douglas International Airport last year. That was a record, one that the airport hopes won’t stand for long.

Monday night, the Charlotte City Council will hear plans to expand Charlotte Douglas. They call for a new runway and nearly doubling the number of gates at the airport.

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4:39 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Obama Budget Includes Charlotte Street Car Funding

A rendering of the Charlotte street car.
Credit City of Charlotte

The Obama Administration’s new proposed budget includes funding for Charlotte’s street car project. City officials have banked on receiving that money to build the street car, but it’s still no sure thing.


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5:02 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

State Tax Changes Threaten Hole In Charlotte Budget

A City of Charlotte slide at the annual retreat shows budget shortfalls under three scenarios: restoration of revenue lost by the cut of the business privilege license tax, restoration of 50 percent of the revenue lost by the cut, and no restoration combined with a redistribution of the sales tax.
Credit City of Charlotte

State tax changes could chew a sizeable hole in the City of Charlotte’s pocketbook, staff told City Council members at their annual retreat Friday. Two changes—one last year and one proposed this year—have them worried.


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6:27 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

New Transit Needs New Revenue, Says Charlotte Mayor

Mayor Dan Clodfelter gives the State of the City address.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The City of Charlotte will need to come up with more money for transit projects, Mayor Dan Clodfelter announced during his State of the City speech Tuesday morning. The city has proposed future extension of the street car and possible rail and bus lines to the north and southeast. But Clodfelter says the state won’t support those projects as it has in the past.


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10:27 am
Tue January 13, 2015

NASCAR Hall Of Fame Gets Council's Go-Ahead On Debt Write-Off

Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

The NASCAR Hall of Fame has been given approval to erase more than $20 million of debt off its books. In a 10-1 vote Monday night, the Charlotte City Council approved the plan for Bank of America, Wells Fargo and NASCAR to eliminate the debt in exchange for $5 million in payments from the city.

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10:22 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Council Talks Civil Liberties, Body Cameras

Credit Courtesy of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Preventing police misconduct, protecting the rights of citizens, and body cameras were a major focus of the Charlotte City Council last night. The body is trying to work its way through a proposal to better enshrine civil liberties. WFAE’s Tom Bullock reports.


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6:30 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Charlotte Strikes Deal To Waive Debt From NASCAR Hall Of Fame

Credit ©Sean Busher and NASCAR Hall of Fame

Charlotte officials have struck a deal to forgive roughly $20 million in debt the city owes for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Billed as an economic boon, the facility has never broken even since it opened in 2010, and has failed to pay off its original loans.


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8:18 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Anti-Profiling Measure Does Not Take Shape At Charlotte Council Meeting

After the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both unarmed black men killed by police officers, Charlotte lawmakers are once again re-evaluating how police interact with the minority communities they serve. The city council met Monday evening to consider a possible anti-racial profiling law, but what it would actually do is undecided.


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6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Charlotte Studies Benefits, Drawbacks Of Pay-Per-Bag Trash Service

A WasteZero trash bag.
Credit WasteZero

There’s been a lot of trash talk in Charlotte recently. And no, we don’t mean college basketball. The city is studying pay-as-you-throw garbage service as a way to reduce the amount of trash we send to the landfill.


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6:36 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Charlotte Developers Win Extra 3-Year Opt-Out Of Stormwater Pollution Requirements

Stormwater flows from a pipe directly into a river.
Credit City of Charlotte

Most construction in Charlotte for the next three years will not have to include environmental protections against one of the state’s biggest sources of water pollution—stormwater.


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