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The twice-a-month public forums held before Charlotte City Council business meetings will once again be broadcast live on the Government Channel. Council on Monday approved resuming broadcasting the forums in which members of the public can comment on any topic of their choosing.  In addition, council approved allowing the public forums to be streamed live on the city’s website, as well as on YouTube and Facebook.

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Charlotte City Council members are expected to decide Monday evening whether to resume televising public forums held before the council’s twice-a-month business meetings. The forums allow Charlotte residents to stand briefly before council members and speak their minds on any topic they choose.

An architect's drawing of the proposed Charlotte Gateway Station on West Trade Street.
Charlotte Area Transit System

Charlotte Area Transit System and NCDOT have lined up funding and nearly completed design work on the on the planned Charlotte Gateway Station uptown.  Planning for the  project began more than a decade ago. The idea is to put passenger rail, the Gold Line streetcar and local and intercity buses in one place.

Charlotte City Council members Larken Egleston (left) and Tariq Bokhari have a new podcast called "R&D in the QC," posted after council meetings.
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There's been lots of talk about the wave of young members joining the Charlotte City Council. They're already veering away from business as usual - when it comes to communicating with constituents. First, at-large member Braxton Winston live-streamed citizen comments from his seat at the dais. Now, two other new members - a Republican and a Democrat - are producing a post-meeting podcast. 

A speaker addresses the Charlotte City council Monday night, in this view from a live stream by Braxton Winston, from his seat at the council dais.
Braxton Winston

The Charlotte City Council next month will consider whether to resume televising its pre-meeting citizen comment sessions - a practice halted after meetings were disrupted last spring. Newly elected at-large member Braxton Winston favors the change. At Monday's meeting, he took matters into his own hands by streaming the forum live from the dais. 

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With five new council members and a new mayor, the Charlotte City Council now turns its attention to laying out its priorities. On WFAE’s Charlotte Talks Tuesday, at-large councilman James “Smuggie” Mitchell says expanding the Charlotte Area Transit system is one of the discussions the new council needs to have soon.

Vi Lyles takes the oath of office as Charlotte's new mayor Monday night from Superior Court Judge Yvonne Mims Evans.
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Change - on both the city council and across the city - was the main theme Monday night as Charlotte's new mayor, Vi Lyles, and city council council were sworn in at the Government Center.  The meeting was mostly ceremonial, except for one closely watched piece of business: election of a new mayor pro tem. On that, the council stuck to tradition.

The City of Charlotte has agreed to pay $9.5 million to a man who wrongly served nearly 25 years in prison for 1989 rape and assault.  It's the city's largest legal settlement ever.

A January presentation to the City Council envisioned a redesigned facade at Discovery Place on North Tryon Street.
Discovery Place

The Charlotte City Council on Monday approved a $700,000 contract to develop a master plan for the Discovery Place Science Museum.  Jenkins-Peer Architects will study how to modernize and expand the 36-year-old museum on North Tryon Street. 

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Charlotte's City Council will get five new members - all under the age of 40 - when the new council is sworn in on Dec. 4. That represents a generational shift in city government, says WFAE's Tom Bullock.

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