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Charlotte Observer
10:14 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Senate Drops Plan To Kill Teacher Tenure

N.C. Sen. Jerry W. Tillman, R-Randolph
Credit N.C. General Assembly

North Carolina’s teachers will no longer face the choice of getting a pay raise or keeping their tenure.

Senate budget negotiators Tuesday abandoned their proposal to eliminate tenure in exchange for an 11 

percent pay raise.

Though major issues remain, the offer removes another obstacle toward adoption of a state spending plan and adjournment of the legislative session.

Tenure allows public school teachers due-process hearings but does not prevent low-performing teachers from being fired. As many as 75 

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Charlotte Observer
3:25 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Airport Seeks New Vendor To Run Troubled Worm Farm, Recycling Program

Red wrigglers eat waste at Charlotte Douglas airport.
Credit Julie Rose / WFAE File Photo

The worms at Charlotte Douglas International Airport could soon be under new management, as the airport seeks a new contractor to run its recycling program.

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Local News
10:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Clues Sought After Stray Bullet Leaves Man Paralyzed

Brandon Yam was partially paralyzed when he was struck with a stray bullet Friday. He is seen here with his son, Randy Yam.
Credit PHOTO COURTESY OF CHENDA YAM WILSON

 A father of four who recently lost his job and was working at a festival to help make ends meet was struck by a stray bullet on the Fourth of July, leaving him partially paralyzed, his family said Sunday.

Brandon Yam, 47, was selling food and drinks with his wife and two of his children at a festival celebrating the opening of the Cambodian Buddhist Temple, at 219 Owen Blvd. in Charlotte.

About 9 p.m., during a fireworks show, Yam started to pack up his supplies to go home, his family said.

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Charlotte Observer
10:06 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Missing Teacher Bianca Tanner's Boyfriend Charged After Body Found

Bianca Richardson Tanner
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg police

A body thought to be that of missing teacher Bianca Tanner was found overnight in southwest Charlotte and her boyfriend has been arrested in the case, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Rodney Monroe said.

During a pre-dawn news conference Thursday, Monroe said a body was discovered after a search in a wooded area off Shopton Road near Westinghouse Boulevard.

Monroe also said Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., Tanner’s boyfriend, was arrested early Thursday and will be charged with murder in the case.

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Charlotte Observer
11:34 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Angelo Smith Arrives In Charlotte, Held By CMPD

Angelo Grayson Smith Jr.

Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., the boyfriend of missing teacher Bianca Tanner and the last one to see her before she disappeared, arrived at Charlotte-Mecklenburg police headquarters early Tuesday and was questioned by detectives, authorities say.

Smith will be taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail, charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to police.

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Charlotte Observer
10:10 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Union County Commissioners OK 15.4% Tax Hike

MONROE Union County commissioners approved a 15.4 percent tax increase Monday night to cover school district expenses, which will add about $200 to the bill for a typical taxpayer.

The closely divided vote on the 2014-15 budget came on the last day of the fiscal year.

“It creates a tremendous amount of heartburn, the idea that we’ve got to raise taxes on the people of Union County,” said commissioner Jonathan Thomas, who blamed an “out-of-control school board.”

The budget passed 3-2. Thomas and commissioner Todd Johnson were the “no” votes.

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Charlotte Observer
3:21 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Search Warrants Give New Details In Bianca Tanner Homicide Investigation

Bianca Tanner’s family and friends pray before beginning their canvass of Druid Circle on Sunday. They hoped to find new information on Tanner’s disappearance. The Charlotte teacher has been missing for a week.
Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

A search warrant released Monday said the 3-year-old son of missing teacher Bianca Tanner told police that Tanner’s boyfriend had struck her with a belt and “hurt mommy in the face.”

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Charlotte Observer
1:21 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Majority Of Mecklenburg Commissioners Want Sales Tax Increase For Teacher Pay Raises

Dena Diorio
Credit Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg County commissioners are planning for a November referendum on a proposal that would raise the county’s sales tax by a quarter of a penny to pay for salary supplements for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees.

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Local News
10:14 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Cherry Rezoning Stirs Old Fears, Mistrust

A city sign on Luther Street in the Cherry neighborhood shows some of the resistance to the rezoning of several acres in the area just outside uptown. Many African-American residents fear they will be pushed out by gentrification.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte City Council’s decision to rezone nearly 6 acres near uptown has highlighted along-runningfear among African-American residents that they will be pushed out by gentrification.

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Local News
11:46 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy’s Accuser Says He Threw Her On Couch ‘Covered’ With Guns

Greg Hardy
Credit Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office

Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was released on bond Wednesday, but not before a Mecklenburg County judge described him as a potential threat to the girlfriend he’s accused of beating up.

Hardy, 25, an NFL Pro-Bowler last season, was arrested Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of assault on a female and communicating a threat.

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