Charlotte

Crime
4:49 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Guns For Gift Cards At Charlotte Church

This year, the New Life Fellowship Center received 93 guns which it turned over to CMPD
Courtesy of John Kee

A Charlotte church invited folks to exchange their guns for gifts over the weekend. The New Life Fellowship Center has been doing that around the holidays for the past six years. This year, the pastor says some of the people turning in their guns had the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut on their minds.

John Kee has been the pastor at New Life Fellowship Center for more than 17 years. He says during his time as pastor of the Double Oaks community, he's learned a lot. Especially about violence in his community.

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Music
1:08 am
Tue December 11, 2012

The Holidays Keep Children's Choir Busy

The Charlotte Children's Choir rehearses at Myer's Park Baptist Church
Tasnim Shamma

For children's choirs across the country, the holiday season is a busy time. Choirs are in high demand, so that means choristers and their parents are spending long nights at rehearsals and concerts after school. 

The children at Myer's Park Baptist Church are in the middle of their evening rehearsal. They're standing under 120-foot-high ceilings and intricate stained-glass windows.

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Local News
4:49 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Wells Fargo Banker Charged With Insider Trading

The SEC has charged a Wells Fargo investment banker with insider trading.
Credit David Paul Ohmer/flickr

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged an investment banker at Wells Fargo with leading an $11 million insider trading ring while he worked in Charlotte.

John Femenia had access to a lot of confidential information through his job at Wells Fargo. He’s an investment banker (or at least was), and he got the scoop on several mergers because his bank helped with the financing.

That information is as good as money. Mergers often drive a company’s stock price up, so if you buy it before that happens – you're setting up for a nice profit.

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Service
5:27 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Local Teens Will Serve In Senegal Through YMCA

Four students were selected for the Charlotte YMCA Global Learning Service Project. From left, Deonte Howard and Teal Green of West Mecklenburg High School, Anjelica Pendergrass of West Charlotte High School and Alan Lee of Butler High School.
Tasnim Shamma

Deonte Howard is a sophomore at West Mecklenburg High School. His mom had some good news to share with him a few months ago.

"When my mom called me about the interview, said that I passed, I can tell she was crying," Howard says. "I was like, 'Wow, I'm actually going to Africa.'"

Howard, 16, is one of four high school students from Charlotte selected for the nine-day trip to West Africa through the YMCA of Greater Charlotte's Global Service Learning Project. This will be his first time outside of North America. 

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Business
4:43 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

LCD Manufacturers To Pay $1.1 Billion In Price-Fixing Settlement

Residents of 24 states and the District of Columbia who purchased an LCD flat screen TV or computer are eligible to file a claim to get money from a $1.1 billion class-action settlement.
Credit flickr/Todd Austin

In the late 1990s, there were what were called "Crystal Meetings". Top executives from ten Asian-based tech companies met in hotels and bars in Taiwan to set the price of LCD screens.  In other words, price-fixing.

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Local News
9:51 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Impact Of Latino Vote Spurs Optimism For Immigration Legislation

Mary Espinosa is one of two speakers waiting to talk about the importance of voting at a Latin American Coalition briefing
Credit Michael Tomsic

In Charlotte, the Latin American Coalition is aiming to put its mark on the policies that follow the election. That's after Latino voters played a key role in reelecting President Obama, accounting for about one out of every 10 ballots cast nationwide and voting overwhelmingly for the president.

Mary Espinosa is a U.S. citizen, but some of her family members are not. That was the biggest thing on the 18-year-old’s mind as she walked into the polls this year to vote for the first time.

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Local News
2:01 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

How New Tanger Outlet In Charlotte Could Benefit Non-Shoppers

Artist rendering of the new shopping center
Tanger Outlets

Tanger Outlets is building a big, new shopping center in southwest Charlotte. The Greensboro-based retail company said the outlet will bring hundreds of jobs and new tax revenue to the area.

If you’re a shopper, the draw of a new outlet center with about 90 stores is pretty obvious. But what about if you’re not?

Tanger Outlets’ Vice President of Development Charles Worsham said it’ll also bring benefits to southwest Charlotte that go beyond finding that perfect dress, jacket or pair of shoes.

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DNC 2012
6:02 am
Thu October 18, 2012

DNC Fundraisers Came Up $12.5M Short

Bobcats EVP Bill Duffy hands TWC Arena keys to DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan. Photo: Julie Rose

The Charlotte host committee of the DNC has revealed it came up $12.5 million short of its fundraising goal for the convention and was forced to tap a line of credit guaranteed by Duke Energy. 

WFAE's Julie Rose has been pouring through documents filed with the Federal Election Commission late last night and joins All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey to share some analysis.

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Local News
12:03 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Light Rail To UNC Charlotte Gets $580 Million Federal Boost

Charlotte Mayor Foxx and FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff shake hands after signing a "Full Funding Grant Agreement" for the Blue Line Extension.
Julie Rose

Charlotte officials say this gift from the Federal Transit Administration is the single largest federal grant the city's ever received: $580 million.

FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff traveled from D.C. to bring news of what city leaders have expected for several months now.

That hasn't always been the case, though.

"This project was on life support back in 2009," says Mayor Anthony Foxx.

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Local News
9:30 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Farrakhan Speech Full Of Race-Based Rhetoric

The line for Louis Farrakhan's speech stretches around the parking lot of the Bojangles' Coliseum
Michael Tomsic

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was in Charlotte on Sunday to help commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Million Man March. He was scheduled to address poverty. He ended up delivering a speech filled with race-based rhetoric.

Louis Farrakhan let people know up front he was going to veer off topic. He had other things to say because of the election and the recent Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

For example, here’s his theory on why the Republican Party opposes President Obama:

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