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5:07 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Amateur Sports Developer Still Trying To Secure Funding

Credit James Willamor

Nearly a year after negotiations began with the city of Charlotte, the company aiming to redevelop Bojangles Arena into an amateur sports complex is still trying to secure financing, according to a staff update to the city council’s economic development committee Friday.

The city has been in discussions with the developer, GoodSports, since last December. Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes says the city is just performing due diligence.

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5:54 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Judge Will Rule On Control Of Charlotte Airport Next Week

The Charlotte airport commission has been meeting, since a state law formed it last year, but it has no power, while the lawsuit runs its course.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The State of North Carolina faced off against the City of Charlotte in court today, once again, about who should control Charlotte-Douglas airport. A decision in the more-than-a-year-long case is imminent.


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6:15 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Charlotte Amateur Sports Developer Struggles In Other States

An artist's rendering of field houses next to Bojangles Arena, as part of the amateur sports complex.
Credit City of Charlotte

A more than $70 million amateur sports complex proposed in east Charlotte has new question marks. The Charlotte Observer has reported the developer, Goodsports, has lost its private financing and the project is on hold. The city denies the claim. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey to make sense of it.


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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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7:47 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Why We Disbelieve Science, Consider Conspiracies

Credit Gabriel Rocha / Flickr

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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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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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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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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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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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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