Charlotte

Business
4:29 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Teams Pull 50-Ton Airplane For Charity

U.S. Airways employees compete in the seventh annual Jet Pull event. The Dual Lane Demons finished with a time of 7.410.
Tasnim Shamma

Fifteen feet doesn’t sound like a lot, unless you’re pulling a 50-ton airplane. And that’s exactly what teams lined up to do at the U.S. airways hangar in Charlotte this morning. They weren’t there just to show off which team had the largest biceps. The goal was to raise money for United Way of Central Carolinas.

There were 26 teams of 20 employees, but Freight Flyers was the most anticipated team. After all, they’re the defending champs.

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Election 2012
3:17 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Presidenital Ad Blitz Skips Charlotte's Spanish Language Media

Eleven million dollars has already been spent on political ads targeting Hispanics in several battleground states. But Charlotte's Spanish-language media is seeing little of that.
Flickr/AndyCarvin

There’s a lot of money going into political advertising for presidential candidates in North Carolina. But you may not have noticed if the only language you speak is Spanish. In Charlotte, publishers and editors of Spanish-language media say they’re surprised they’re being overlooked. 

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Business
11:59 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Charlotte Companies Sued For Foreclosure Fraud

Two Charlotte-based foreclosure assistance companies, Community Mortgage Assistance Program and Lender Exchange were sued by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper for foreclosure fraud.

The North Carolina Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit against three mortgage loan modification companies on Friday. Two of the three companies are based in Charlotte.

According to the lawsuit, one of the companies, Community Mortgage Assistance Program, charged customers up to $1,500 in advance. 

Koy Chiu is executive director of the company. On her website, Chiu advertises: “TIRED OF MODIFICATION SCAMS?! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! SAVE YOUR HOME TODAY!”.

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Business
4:27 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

Why Did Shutterfly Choose S.C. Over N.C.?

The Internet company Shutterfly is moving its Charlotte operations to Fort Mill, South Carolina. The firm plans to create more than 400 full-time jobs there.

Shutterfly is only moving about 10 miles from its facility in Charlotte, where it employs about 200 people. But that short drive goes over the South Carolina border to Fort Mill, which creates some winners and losers depending on who you ask. 

Mark Farris is the director of economic development in York County.

"I think it’s a win not only for us but for the entire region," Farris said.

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Crime
4:04 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Police Arrest Five Teens Accused of Fatally Shooting Local Teen

All five teens arrested in the case were charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bond.
CMPD

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested five teenagers early Tuesday morning in the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy in Northeast Mecklenburg County on Sunday night.   

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say that trouble started on Saturday. Five teenagers believed 17-year-old Kydaryune “K.C.” Curry disrespected them in front of a girl.

The Charlotte Observer spoke to Curry’s mother, Benita Turner. She told the Observer the girl was a friend of Curry’s. Curry and a friend were at the girl’s house on Saturday when one of the teens later charged with his murder arrived.

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Local News
9:32 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Several Hundred Trees Cleared Since Billboard Law's Passage

A billboard sits in front of trees on a highway in Asheville, North Carolina. There are a little over 8,000 billboards in the state.
Zen Sutherland/Flickr

A new North Carolina law that allows the state to override local tree-protection ordinances has resulted in the loss of several hundred trees that covered at least 50 acres near billboards in Charlotte, according to the city's arborist. 


How the legislation is implemented is still being determined by the state Department of Transportation. The process involves a public comment period that ends Friday.

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DNC 2012
12:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Wooing CEOs During The DNC

47,000 pocket maps of Uptown Charlotte that will be distributed to convention attendees and visitors.
Julie Rose

In about two weeks, the Democratic National Convention will have come and gone in Charlotte. But a group of city officials and economic development agencies are working to extend the economic afterglow of the DNC.

Political conventions don't just draw elected officials, media and political junkies. They're also a magnet for high-ranking business people looking to make connections with the powerful.

While they're here, Center City Partners CEO Michael Smith wants to meet them, too.

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Tree Climbing's Not Just For Kids
1:00 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Tree Climbing's Not Just For Kids

Chip Hildreth about 85' high in a tree at Freedom Park. Photo: Julie Rose

Charlotte is known for trees, so it's fitting that every year arborists gather here to show off their tree-scaling skills. The Charlotte Arborists Association's Annual Tree Climbing Competition is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Freedom Park. WFAE's Julie Rose went for a preview. 

Chip Hildreth is sprawled on the limb of a Willow Oak 85 feet up. He's got a bushy beard, sunglasses and helmet. The highest he's ever been in a tree is 128 feet, so this 85 foot limb is nothing.

"No, this is cozy!" yells Hildreth. You can just hear him chuckling.

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Science & Environment
1:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2008

Eulogy for Charlotte's Cankerworms

It's a tough week to be a cankerworm in Charlotte. The planes have taken to the air and are dropping a substance that's designed to make a deadly meal for the wormy millions. City officials hope this week’s spraying will vastly thin the ranks of the cankerworms.  They expect the green worms back next year, but in lower numbers.  WFAE's Lisa Miller considers the plight of the cankerworm as the corpses begin to mount. 

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