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10:05 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Community Battles Flood Waters In Cramerton

Flooding in downtown Cramerton on Monday. The Catawba river crested seven feet above flood stage early Monday.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The worst flooding in 40 years sent water from the South Fork Catawba River to the edge of homes and businesses in the Gaston County town of Cramerton early Monday, but a a community-wide sandbagging effort by volunteers appeared to prevent serious damage.

  Water levels began dropping around sunrise, but authorities say they expect the river to remain above flood level for the rest of the day.

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Charlotte Observer
10:26 am
Fri July 26, 2013

N.C. Legislators Give Final OK To Charlotte Airport Bill

Charlotte Douglas Airport. File photo.
Credit Nicola since 1972 / Flickr

RALEIGH The North Carolina legislature, plowing into the wee hours and past the objections of Democrats, gave final approval early Friday to a measure creating a Charlotte airport commission.

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Charlotte Observer
10:25 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Lawmaker Rejects City Airport Offer

US Airways jets are parked at the terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
Credit Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer aboard NBC Charlotte's AirStar

RALEIGH A leading Republican lawmaker on Tuesday dismissed the city of Charlotte’s latest proposal on the airport, as she and other House members appear poised to give final approval to a bill creating a new authority.

In an impromptu meeting in a legislative hallway, a clearly frustrated Rep. Ruth Samuelson told city lobbyist Dana Fenton the city’s Monday night proposal falls short.

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Charlotte Observer
3:15 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Duke Energy Defends Rate Charges, Settlement

RALEIGH Duke Energy Carolinas defended its handling of disputed charges in its North Carolina rate case Thursday, saying most of them were justified.

Two Duke officials took the witness stand before the North Carolina Utilities Commission on the rate case’s fourth day. While acknowledging some errors, they said the $200 million of revenue Duke gave up in reaching a proposed settlement of the case more than made up for them.

Duke has agreed to an overall 5.1 percent rate hike, its third since 2009, if the commission approves.

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Charlotte Observer
12:55 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Charlotte Rejects Airport Compromise

US Airways jets are parked at the terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
Credit Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer aboard NBC Charlotte's AirStar

RALEIGH A leading House Republican said Monday night that lawmakers will introduce a new proposal for the Charlotte airport this week after city leaders essentially rejected their proposal for a joint study commission.

The new proposal could make creation of a new airport authority more likely.

“I’m astounded,” Rep. Ruth Samuelson said of the city’s reaction. “I’m deeply, deeply disappointed. We made a good faith, unprecedented (offer). We’re done offering a study.”

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Charlotte Observer
3:18 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Former Cherryville Police Chief Charged In Federal Court With Embezzlement

Former Cherryville Police Chief Woodrow Paul Burgess, who retired last year, has been charged in federal court with embezzlement, according to court documents filed Monday.

The United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina says that Burgess, 60, obtained by false pretense more than $11,000 from the city of Cherryville.

According to court documents, Burgess instructed then Finance Director Bonny Alexander to make several checks payable to the Great Outdoors so that Burgess could purchase firearms for his personal use.

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Charlotte Observer
10:15 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Mecklenburg Commissioners Approve 2.35-Cent Tax Increase

Mecklenburg commissioners formally approved a $1.7 billion budget with a 2.35-cent tax rate increase Tuesday night, but not without great theater – and rhetoric.

During the pre-vote debate, commissioners evoked the names of Caesar, Jesus and LBJ. Democrats chided Republicans for their inclination to “cut, cut, cut” to avoid tax hikes.

Republicans sniped at Democrats for going on a spending spree to fund their favorite programs.

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Charlotte Observer
10:09 am
Wed June 19, 2013

DNC: Nearly $500,000 Of Equipment Was Lost Or Stolen In Charlotte

To stage last year’s Democratic National Convention, the local host committee raised millions of dollars, much of it for computers, phones and other communication devices.

Now it appears a sizable amount of that equipment was lost, stolen – or perhaps kept by the staffers it had been assigned to.

The Democratic National Committee said it recently sent the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department a spreadsheet detailing $496,000 worth of missing equipment. CMPD created an incident report in May.

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Charlotte Observer
9:36 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Bold Visions Compete For Eastland Mall Redevelopment

Studio Charlotte Development's Gateway and Cinema Theater on Central Avenue rendering.
Credit City of Charlotte

Two developers have offered bold visions for what the closed Eastland Mall could become.

One proposal focuses on building movie studios while another would create an entertainment complex with a ski slope, ice skating rink and skateboard park.

Both developers, who submitted formal proposals to the city of Charlotte on Friday, also envision residential and retail construction in later phases.

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Charlotte Observer
10:41 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Where Is Queen Charlotte? Holding Court In Yard Between Parking Decks

The Queen Charlotte statue’s future location has not yet been chosen, but its sculptor, Raymond Kaskey, said he hopes the statue will be in a place where it will be noticed. Nicole Bartlett, program director of public art for the Arts & Science Council, said it will be a collaborative decision made by the airport and ASC.
Credit Diedra Laird / Charlotte Observer

Queen Charlotte isn’t greeting visitors to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport terminal these days. But she’s not hiding – she’s just keeping watch from a new location.

The airport’s iconic statue of the city’s royal namesake has been temporarily relocated. It has been moved from its home of more than 20 years in front of the terminal while the airport undertakes several long-term construction projects.

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