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Local News
9:40 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Executives Give Lukewarm Predictions For 2014 NC Economy

Susan DeVore, Brian Moynihan, Tim Belk, David Carroll, LLoyd Yates and Chris Kearney take part in the Charlotte Chamber's economic outlook conference.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The economy in Charlotte and North Carolina as a whole next year will be like a NASCAR race under a caution flag – it’ll move forward, but not too fast. That was the message from executives at the Charlotte Chamber’s annual economic outlook conference Monday.


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Local News
9:56 am
Fri December 6, 2013

State Numbers Call Report Of Fish Deaths Into Question

Environmental groups released a report earlier this week that suggests a shuttered Duke Coal plant is seeping the chemical selenium into Sutton Lake, killing nearly a million blue gill per year. State numbers are not as clear cut about the fish’s health.


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Local News
4:55 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Governor McCrory On Teacher Raises, Obamacare

Governor Pat McCrory says he wants state lawmakers to give teachers a pay raise when they meet in May for the short session.  He plans to have a salary proposal ready in February.  McCrory made those remarks on WFAE's Charlotte Talks Monday morning. 

The state’s current budget for next year sets aside a $500-a-year raise for the top 25 percent of teachers who decide to give up their tenure and sign a four-year contract. 

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Sunday Headlines
9:42 am
Sun November 24, 2013

Bobcats-Turned-Hornets Will Be Purple & Teal

Credit CharlotteBobcats.com

The Charlotte Bobcats made it official Sunday morning: When they rename themselves as the Charlotte Hornets next year, they’ll also bring back the old Hornets’ purple and teal color scheme. Those were the primary colors when the Hornets were Charlotte’s NBA team from 1998 to 2002.

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Energy
5:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Duke Energy's Store Sells Sort-Of-Free Lightbulbs

The Duke Energy Savings Store is selling highly discounted LED and CFL lightbulbs.
Credit Duke Energy website

Duke Energy is offering free lightbulbs when you order them online. Well, almost free. You can order lightbulbs for up to 92 percent off the retail price. The company's efforts to promote energy efficiency helps their bottom line.


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Science & Environment
4:02 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Environmental Groups Join Coal Ash Lawsuit Against Duke Energy

A judge has allowed environmental groups to join a state lawsuit against Duke Energy over water pollution from coal plants.  The judge granted the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, which will be represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, the ability to intervene in the case today, essentially making the organization a second plaintiff. In the lawsuit, the state accuses Duke of allowing coal ash ponds to leak contamination into groundwater, including at the G.G. Allen and Marshall Steam Stations in the Charlotte region.

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Local News
1:17 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Duke 'On Track,' Posts $1Billion 3Q Profit

Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good says the company remains 'on track.'
Credit Duke Energy

Duke Energy made a billion-dollar profit in the third quarter – twice what it reported for the same quarter a year ago, when the company was newly-merged and swallowing significant costs related to that. Duke executives say the quarter would have been even stronger, had it not been for mild summer weather in the region that meant fewer air conditioners sucking up electricity.  

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Local News
5:01 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Nuclear Waste Meeting In Charlotte

Spent nuclear fuel rods are often stored in large pools of water.
nrc.gov

Nearly half of our electricity in the Carolinas comes from nuclear plants, which produce enough radioactive waste to rank North and South Carolina among the top five states with the most spent fuel. On Monday night, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting in Charlotte to take comments on its latest plan for handling that waste.


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Science & Environment
3:56 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Court Orders EPA To Review Coal Ash Regulations

A federal judge has ordered the EPA to decide whether the byproduct from burning coal is a hazardous material that must be regulated. That decision will have big implications for North Carolina.


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Science & Environment
3:45 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Contaminated Asheville Well Fuels Coal Ash Debate

Satellite view of the Asheville Plant and the French Broad River (left).
Credit Google Earth

State water regulators have identified a well near Asheville with contaminated drinking water and have indicated it likely comes from waste leaking from a Duke Energy coal plant. At the same time, the state and environmental organizations are caught up in a lawsuit with Duke over exactly this issue—coal plants contaminating groundwater and rivers, including in the Asheville and Charlotte regions. 

WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to unpack what the one contaminated well signifies for Duke, the state, environmentalists, and water drinkers around North Carolina.

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