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Local News
4:37 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Mecklenburg Voters Say 'No' To Sales Tax

Marinn Bengel with Together 4 Meck tells reporters people still support higher teacher pay even though sales tax failed. She's flanked by CMS Board Chairwoman Mary McCray and Tracy Russ.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Mecklenburg County voters did not approve a quarter cent sales tax that would have gone mostly to raise CMS employee pay.  Sixty-one percent of voters said 'no' to that.  

The sales tax didn’t have much organized opposition.  The idea just didn’t take. It lost in precincts throughout the county, save for one in Davidson and a few neighborhoods just southeast of uptown. 

A group called Together 4 Meck sprung into action to advocate for the tax.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Li'l Abner & Education In North Carolina

Credit www.facebook.com/cpccart

  

Part 1

Central Piedmont Community College's summer theater season is underway and they are producing a southern favorite, Li'l Abner. Based on the wildly popular Al Capps cartoon Li'l Abner, which ran from the 1930’s for over 40 years, CPCC’s production has an ironic twist. In the title role is newcomer Zach Teague. Over 50 years ago another unknown, Peter Palmer, got the nod as the Broadway star of Li'l Abner. Both actors join us. Palmer, now in his 80’s is still going strong and Mr. Teague is just starting out. We’ll visit with both actors and learn about the production.

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Local News
10:32 am
Wed June 18, 2014

County Budget And Referendum Pass Amidst Bickering

Board of County Commissioners
Credit charmeck.org

If there was a word of the night at yesterday’s Mecklenburg County Commissioners meeting, it would have been “teachers.” Not surprising since the board was set to approve its $1.3 billion budget, which includes more money for schools and a referendum for this November that would add money for teacher pay. The meeting turned terse and politically divisive and even had a bit of a budgetary surprise.

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Local News
11:27 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Transgender Accommodation Policies Big Topic On College Campuses

Andraya Williams
Credit Lisa Miller

In March, a CPCC transgender student was suspended for a day-and-a-half after she used a women’s restroom. She says a security guard told her she needed to use one of the campuses' three gender-neutral bathrooms. The disputed generated a small protest on campus, at which Andraya Williams spoke about the incident.


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Local News
9:25 am
Wed March 19, 2014

CPCC Students Won’t Be Able To Take Out Direct Federal Loans

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Central Piedmont Community College students will no longer have access to direct federal loans next school year. CPCC’s board made the decision because of worries high default rates could force the federal government to pull grants. Many community colleges have made the same decision.     


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Charlotte Observer
11:11 am
Thu May 16, 2013

CPCC Grad's Journey Was Arduous

Riyam Al Ghrary, who's graduating from CPCC and will be transferring to Chapel Hill, in front of the Overcash Building on the CPCC campus. Al Ghrary was born in Iraq and moved to the U.S. at 14 speaking little English.
Credit Diedra Laird / Charlotte Observer

Students attend Central Piedmont Community College for many reasons, but the story of 20-year-old Riyam Al Ghrary’s journey to CPCC surely ranks among the most harrowing.

It began in Iraq, about six years ago, on the day she was kidnapped. It will culminate Thursday evening, as she accepts her diploma at Bojangles’ Coliseum, one of about 1,900 graduates, the largest number in CPCC’s 50-year history. She was student body vice president and a scholarship winner. She’s graduating with a 4.0 average.

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Local News
5:12 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Bond Package Won't Fund All CMS, CPCC Building Projects

The CMS school board tonight will ask the county to finance a bunch of building projects over the next few years.  It could come out to about $400 million.  Central Piedmont Community College has a similar request.  But the county is only willing to put together a bond referendum for half that amount. 

County Finance Director Dena Diorio says the county uses nine different criteria for deciding which projects get priority. 

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Arts & Life
9:41 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Friendship And Opera Bring South Africans To CPCC

Thabang Masango (left) and Bongani Ndhlalane pose with Deloris Chisley from Friendship Ministry Baptist Church. The two young men are close with Ms. Chisely, who has helped secure them funding for their education from the church.
Briana Duggan

Thabang Masango had been doing well as a singer in South Africa. He had won large singing competitions and was part of prominent choral group. In 2008, the choral group toured the United States and made a stop in Charlotte along the way.

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Local News
9:16 am
Fri November 2, 2012

A Daunting Job Search For The White-Collar Unemployed

Sacha Adele Soja talks to a class of mostly unemployed and underemployed people at CPCC
Michael Tomsic

Unemployed Americans are facing a more daunting job search now than at any time in the past 60 years.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it takes the average unemployed person about 10 months to find a job - twice as long as it took in every previous recession since the 1940s. That 10-month average has barely budged in the past year.

In Charlotte, some of the people having the hardest time getting back to work had successful white-collar careers before the financial crisis.

'It's Like This Baseball Bat To The Chest'

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