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11:15 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Dismal Turnout Expected For Primary Elections

Credit Denise Cross Photography

Early voting is underway for Charlotte’s electoral primaries—it ends Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Then, polls open at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning and close at 7:30 p.m. in the evening. Local primaries traditionally have dismal turnout. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections reports that, through Wednesday, about 3,000 people have taken part in early voting, about double the total in 2011, but still less than a tenth of the number in 2012’s presidential primaries.

  


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4:57 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Movie Studio Plan For Eastland Mall Moves Ahead

Studio Charlotte CEO Bert Hesse (left) listens and City Neighborhood and Business Services Director Pat Mumford outlines the status of a deal to develop the former Eastland Mall.
Credit Julie Rose

  Eastland Mall will be demolished to make room for a movie studio – maybe. The city council is moving forward, tentatively, with a proposal from Studio Charlotte, but a lot still needs to be worked out.


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2:17 am
Tue July 30, 2013

FAA Has 'Concerns' About Airport Commission Bill

Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey and city attorney Bob Hagemann briefly address the media after a closed session Monday night to discuss airport-related legal action.
Credit Julie Rose

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has "several concerns" about recently-passed legislation to place Charlotte airport operations under the control of a regional commission.

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9:52 am
Tue July 23, 2013

The Hard Life Of A Republican On Charlotte City Council

Andy Dulin
City of Charlotte - Corporate Communications & Marketing

  Surely, you’ve heard the saying “Tilting at Windmills” – the idea that you keep heading into a battle you’re bound to lose. Well, you can’t blame Republican Charlotte City Councilmen Andy Dulin and Warren Cooksey if they feel that way. Democrats outnumber them on council 9-2. Needless to say, they don’t win many battles. Both have decided not to seek re-election, so we’ve asked them to share some advice on how to make the most of a situation that can seem pretty pointless at times.

Local News
9:31 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Small Businessman Maddalon Joins Charlotte City Council

Billy Maddalon was chosen by the Charlotte City Council to fill the District 1 seat vacated by Patsy Kinsey, who is serving as interim mayor.
Credit Julie Rose

Billy Maddalon, owner of The Morehead Inn in Dilworth,  has been chosen to fill the city council seat vacated by Patsy Kinsey who is temporarily serving as Charlotte Mayor.  Maddalon is a native of Charlotte and a self-described "centrist Democrat."

"You know the shop's on fire," says Maddalon.  "There's just so many really important issues in front of our community and my goal would be to get up to speed as quickly as possible and become a contributor on city council in the four very short months I'll have to do that."

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6:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Councilman Poised To Nominate Kinsey For Interim-Mayor

Charlotte City Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey will be nominated Monday night to become the city's interim-mayor.
Credit Charmeck.org

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx will resign Monday afternoon to become U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and the work of finding his replacement begins.


Current City Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey may be first in line.


Whomever the city council chooses to temporarily fill the mayor's seat must be a Democrat like Foxx. That's the law. But council members have added another stipulation, says Democrat James Mitchell: It won't be someone who "has ambition to run for mayor."

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Local News
9:27 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Charlotte Council Approves 3.17 Cent Tax Hike

Charlotte City Council approved a 3.17 cent tax increase on a vote of 8 to 2.
Credit Julie Rose

It took a year longer than usual, but the Charlotte City Council approved a 3-cent property tax increase for capital improvement projects on Monday night.

The same plan got derailed last year because it included money to extend the streetcar. When the council passed a capital plan without the streetcar, Mayor Anthony Foxx vetoed it.  The city is now pursuing funding for the streetcar separately and the council easily passed the rest of the capital plan last night.  

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Local News
9:43 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Phew! Charlotte Council To Adopt Capital Plan, Budget

Charlotte City Council is poised to approve a 3.17 cent property tax rate increase Monday night.
Credit Julie Rose

Charlotte's $2 billion budget for the coming year will likely be adopted Monday night, including an increase in the property tax rate of about three cents.


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5:29 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Were Chiquita's Bananas Good For Charlotte?

Former NC Governor Bev Perdue sports a yellow bowtie to the Chiquita jobs announcement.
Tanner Latham

Chiquita will hold its annual shareholders meeting in Charlotte for the first time Thursday.  It's a sign the company's relocation from Cincinnati is complete – and it's an opportunity to take a look at what Charlotte taxpayers got for the generous tax incentives they gave Chiquita.


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9:29 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Elevation Church Seeks Approval For Ballantyne Expansion

Artist rendering of Elevation Church Ballantyne.
Elevationchurch.org

One of Charlotte's fastest growing evangelical congregations is moving north – and south.

Elevation Church got approval from the town of Cornelius last month for a $5 million renovation of the old Palace Theater to house its Lake Norman worshippers.

On Monday night, the church will seek Charlotte city approval to build a new $20 million facility in Ballantyne, bringing its total outposts in the region to nine.


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