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Local News
9:34 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Veteran Journalists Challenge City's Secret Meetings With Panthers

Attorney Paul Whitfield is representing former Charlotte reporters Ken Koontz, Bruce Bowers, Mike Cozza (l-r) and Wayne Powers (not pictured).
Credit Julie Rose

  A group of former Charlotte reporters from the 1970s are taking the city to court over its decision to negotiate behind closed doors for tax money to renovate Panthers' stadium. 

These same journalists and their lawyer sued the city for violating the state open meetings law in the early 1970's – and won. As a result, Superior Court Judge Frank Snepp placed the city under a permanent injunction against breaking the law.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee And Mayor Anthony Foxx

Mayor Anthony Foxx watches on as newly-appointed Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee speaks to the media.
Credit Julie Rose

April 1 marked the beginning of Ron Carlee's tenure as Charlotte City Manager, the first person from out of town to hold the position in more than 30 years. Mr. Carlee brings experience both as a former county manager (Arlington Co., Virginia) and as the COO of the International City/ County Management Association, where he was able to see the operations of cities all over the world. We'll sit down with Mr. Carlee and Mayor Anthony Foxx to talk about how he plans to tackle the city budget, transit and the streetcar debate, the airport situation, and the day-to-day operations of the city, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
4:01 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

House Lawmaker Pledges To Go Slow On Airport Authority Bill

NC Representative Bill Brawley
Credit Julie Rose

The drive to turn Charlotte Douglas International Airport over to a regional governing authority has shifted out of the fast lane.

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Local News
9:50 am
Tue April 2, 2013

New City Manager Ready To Deal With Challenges Simultaneously

Ron Carlee was sworn in as Charlotte City Manager on Monday night.
Credit Julie Rose

It's day two on the job for Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee who was sworn in Monday night. But Carlee says he's actually been working for several weeks to get his arms around the many hot button issues facing the city right now.

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Local News
9:41 am
Tue April 2, 2013

CMPD Citizens Review Board Now Under Review

Citizens and civil rights advocates call on the Charlotte City Council to give the Citizens Review Board more power.
Julie Rose

A board established to review citizen complaints against Charlotte police is now under review itself by the city council. 


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Local News
9:19 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Charlotte City Council Still Stalled Over Streetcar

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx reacts during a discussion about funding the streetcar on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
Credit Julie Rose

After nearly a year of deliberations, the Charlotte City Council met Wednesday to outline a compromise plan for raising property taxes to fund capital improvement projects.  But they're still hung up over the sticking point that derailed the nearly $1 billion program last year:  the streetcar.

It really does feel like déjà vu. Even members of the city council have lost count of the special meetings they've held trying to work out their differences on whether to raise property taxes for a billion dollars worth of infrastructure and economic development projects.

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Developing
1:13 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Vote Set For City Manager; Observer Reports Ron Carlee Offered Job

Charlotte city manager candidate Ron Carlee meets and mingles at a reception Wednesday night.
Credit Jeff Willhelm / Charlotte Observer

It appears that Charlotte City Council has chosen its next city manager, at least informally.

The Charlotte Observer reports that council has offered the job to Ron Carlee, a former county manager in Arlington, Virginia. And city spokeswoman Kim McMillan says council plans a vote during Monday’s meeting.

Here’s Carlee speaking at reception earlier Wednesday:

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Sunday headlines
9:50 am
Sun February 10, 2013

2 Men Charged With Running Big Dogfighting Ring In E. Charlotte

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police have shut down a major dog fighting ring in East Charlotte. On Friday, officers raided a house on Carelock Circle off Albemarle Road after neighbors complained about barking. They found pit bulls on chains as well as items used to train fighting dogs.

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Local Politics
4:12 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

In State Of City Address, Foxx Pushes For Streetcar

Mayor Anthony Foxx at City Council chamber, delivering his annual state of the city address.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Mayor Anthony Foxx says the city needs to focus on getting the streetcar and nearly $1 billion capital budget plan approved in order to create more economic opportunities and see Charlotte grow in the future. He spoke at the City Council chamber on Monday morning in an annual state of the city address.

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Local News
9:42 am
Tue January 8, 2013

NASCAR Hall of Fame Showing Signs Of Life

The NASCAR Hall of Fame opened to the public in May 2010. It is owned by the City of Charlotte and operated by the CRVA.
Credit ©Sean Busher and NASCAR Hall of Fame

Since the NASCAR Hall of Fame opened in 2010 it has fallen far short of attendance projections and had annual deficits of more than a million dollars. But now, for the first time, CRVA CEO Tom Murray says the Hall of Fame is ahead in something. 

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