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Politics
11:38 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Seven Democrats, Two Republicans Running For Watt's 12th District Congressional Seat

Seven Democrats and two Republicans are running for the 12th congressional district seat. Early voting for the May primary election begins on April 24.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

It’s an unusual year for the 12th Congressional district race. For the first time in two decades, it’s an open seat.  Charlotte Democrat Mel Watt represented the district from 1993 until he resigned in January to take over as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Watt’s departure has created a lot of interest among Democrats. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen and Tasnim Shamma talk to Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt about the race.


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Local News
11:57 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Dan Clodfelter Appointed Mayor

State Sen. Dan Clodfelter, right, talks with Charlotte City Council member David Howard, left, after Clodfelter was appointed to fill the remainder of former Mayor Patrick Cannon's term.
David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com Charlotte Observer

Later today, Democratic State Senator Dan Clodfelter will resign the seat he’s held for 8 terms so he can become the next Mayor of Charlotte. Last night, Clodfelter was appointed by the City Council to serve what remains of Patrick Cannon’s term.


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Politics
8:58 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Twelfth District Candidates Talk Education

Pictured left to right: George Battle III, Sen. Malcolm Graham, Curtis Osborne, Rep. Marcus Brandon and Vince Coakley. Five of the nine North Carolina 12th district congressional candidates met Thursday night at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church in Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Four Democrats and one Republican running to represent North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District met Thursday night at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church for a panel hosted by the John S. Leary Association of Black Attorneys.

The theme of the night: how to improve the state and country's educational system.


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Politics
7:15 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

City Council Will Choose New Mayor April 7

Charlotte city council members held hands on Monday night while Councilman Al Austin read a prayer for the city before the meeting.
Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte’s city council met Monday night for the first time since the arrest and resignation of former mayor Patrick Cannon. In less than 20 minutes, the council agreed to hold off on appointing a new mayor for one week. WFAE’s Ben Bradford breaks down the jockeying that will take place in the meantime.  


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Local News
9:55 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

FBI Investigations Continue After Cannon's Arrest

Patrick Cannon (then mayor-elect) speaks at the opening of Romare Bearden Park in November 2013.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

While the FBI’s sting operation ended in the arrest of former mayor Patrick Cannon yesterday, the agency is still carrying out other, related investigations in Charlotte.

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Breaking
2:12 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Mayor Cannon Resigns After Arrest On Federal Bribery Charges

Mayor Patrick Cannon at his first press conference at Romare Bearden Park the day after he was elected.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

UPDATE: 7:30 a.m. Thursday

Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon has resigned after the FBI arrested him Wednesday on federal corruption charges.

The federal criminal complaint says the FBI received a tip in August 2010 from local law enforcement that Cannon was potentially involved in illegal activities and public corruption. The FBI began an undercover investigation posing as commercial real estate developers and investors looking to do business in Charlotte. 


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Local News
9:33 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Charlotte City Council Considers Coal Ash At CLT

Councilman Al Austin (right) listens to a presentation by Charah president Charles Price and chief operating officer Scott Sewell.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte’s city council took its first look Monday night at a proposal to convert the toxic leftovers of burnt coal into a building material at Charlotte Douglas airport.


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Local News
10:12 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

City Council Considers $300 Million In New Spending

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Charlotte is considering nearly $300 million of new spending on projects for the next fiscal year. City council members met Wednesday night to hear the proposals. 

Capital projects are physical things like runways, city parks and desk chairs. Charlotte currently has $25 million of available funding for such projects, basically wiggle room for the 2015 budget. 

Which means in order to pay for some or all of these requests, the city would likely have to raise taxes or fees or take on debt.   

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Crime
2:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

City Manager Ron Carlee Decides To "Ban The Box"

More than 200 people attended an expungement seminar last year to learn how to remove convictions from their criminal record to improve access to jobs and housing. Before the seminar, students from the Charlotte School of Law tried to recruit people to join the "Ban The Box" campaign.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee officially "banned the box" on Friday. Applicants for city jobs will now no longer see a question about prior convictions on the initial application. The exception will be for public safety jobs – like police officers or airport employees.

Applicants will be asked about criminal history much later in the process -- in some departments after several rounds of interviews.

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Local News
5:24 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

I-277 Noise Walls: One Voted Down, Other Moving Forward

A rendering showing the proposed section of noise wall on I-277.
Credit City of Charlotte

The votes are in on the controversial noise walls proposed for part of I-277. The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it’s moving forward with one section; the other section has been voted down. The next move comes tonight from Charlotte City Council, who along with other groups has said it’s concerned the wall would block views of uptown.

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