McAlpine Creek Greenway

Courtesy of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

The CMS school board will have one new member.  Elyse Dashew will join incumbents Ericka Ellis-Stewart and Mary McCray on the board as an at-large member. 

  Dashew just missed winning a school board seat four years ago. This time around she received the second- highest number of votes.  Dashew has long been involved in education matters. She helped lead groups pushing for more school nurses and higher funding for CMS. 

Tasnim Shamma

  Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

Flickr/Erik Cleves Kristensen

 For the last two years, as part of its ordinance, the city of Charlotte has given some developers the option of saving a portion of the trees on their property or to pay. The fund they pay into now has more than half-a-million dollars. And the city just made its first land purchase using some of that money.

Joel Coffidis

US Airways mechanics and technicians now have enough signatures to call for a union vote. At a news conference in south Charlotte, they announced that nearly 3,000 mechanics and technicians signed a petition to hold an election to be represented by another union, the Teamsters. Mechanics complained about low wages, high insurance premiums and poor representation by their current union, The International Association of Machinists. Luis Martinez is a lead mechanic for US Airways in Charlotte.

The Mecklenburg Republican Party had to do some quick revisions to its 2012 Voter Guide last week.  The group sent out a press release, saying it received some "troubling information" regarding a candidate for the Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor and "disavowed" any connection with the candidate.

The release doesn't mention the name of the candidate, but it was likely Doug Hanks.  Hanks is a private conservation officer who says he created a privately-managed redwood reforestation project in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Tort Reform And The State Of The American Justice System

Oct 10, 2012

There are several terms in the legal community that have long stirred debate; among them are the phrases “frivolous lawsuit” and “tort reform.” One of the most famous cases regarding these issues was the case of an elderly woman spilling hot coffee in her lap then suing the restaurant that served her. But one of our guests  says that this famous case and others are misunderstood by the public, that tort reform is a mistake and that there is a large and ominous machine behind so-called reform.