Charlotte Talks

Friday, May 26 2017

On the local news roundup, the CMS student assignment plan was passed, but not without contentious discussion by parents and board members.  The Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina's 1st and 12th congressional districts, and the NBA All-Star Game coming to Charlotte in 2019, so is the HB2 fight over? Mike Collins goes over those stories and more with the roundup reporters, when Charlotte Talks. 

The state's congressional district boundaries have since been redrawn, which has reshaped the 1st and 12th districts.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-3 decision that two North Carolina Congressional Districts are illegal racial gerrymanders. The ruling upholds one issued in 2016 by a lower court. Guest host Tom Bullock and experts will talk about what the ruling means, its potential for wide-ranging precedent, and how it will affect North Carolina voters.

May 19, 2017

On this week's Friday News Roundup: The Supreme Court declines to hear North Carolina’s Voter ID appeal.  The CMS Board considers assignment plan changes. Local lawmakers react to President Trump’s sharing of classified intelligence information with the Russians and Governor Cooper announces LGBT protections.  Host Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters will discuss.

Wednesday, May 17 2017

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal on a lower court ruling striking down North Carolina’s voter ID law, but state GOP lawmakers have vowed to find another way to mandate voter ID.  Host Mike Collins and guests discuss the announcement, what happens next, and we look into President Trump's new election fraud commission.

scales of justice

Monday, May 15 2017

We discuss two important topics in the area of juvenile justice: raising the age, and due process. North Carolina is the only state where criminal justice still considers 16 and 17-year-olds adults.  As the legislature ponders a change in that law, we look back at a landmark Supreme Court Case giving juveniles due process rights on its 50th anniversary.

Friday News Roundup: Charlotte City Budget Proposal

May 5, 2017

Charlotte's City Manager has released the proposed budget for the next fiscal year. There are no property taxes in the budget, but it does have a 5.3% spending increase, including money for additional officers for CMPD. Mike Collins and the Roundup Reporters talk about the details of the budget proposal and its chances for approval on the Friday News Roundup.

Friday, May 5 2017

Charlotte’s city manager proposes spending increases but no increase in property tax. Toll road opponents lose in court. CMS works on explaining their new assignment plan.  And Duke Energy holds their annual meeting online but real protestors show up anyway. Host Mike Collins and the roundup reporters cover those stories and more on the Friday news roundup.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

America’s pre-eminent First Amendment Lawyer, Floyd Abrams, joins Mike Collins for a discussion about the history of that amendment and what he sees as threats to free speech.

Friday, April 28 2017

On the local news roundup: new school boundaries for CMS.  Different atmospheres at the annual Bank of America and Wells Fargo shareholder meetings. Craft brewers stymied in their efforts to grow, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. turns in the keys. Host Mike Collins and the roundup reporters cover those stories and much more.

Charlotte is known as a tree city, with lush neighborhoods and even tree-lined downtown streets, like College Street.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte has a goal of having trees cover 50 percent of the city by 2050. But a report out this month says the city may have trouble hitting that goal, as trees disappear faster than they can be planted.