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11:02 am
Wed April 2, 2014

MeckLINK Saga Ends, Cardinal Takes Over County Mental Health

Stephaney Gaddy works with a 33-year-old with developmental disabilities at the Arc of Mecklenburg County.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

As of today, the Mecklenburg County government no longer oversees mental health, substance abuse, or disability services for the county. MeckLINK—the organization it built to handle those services—closed today, as the larger, outside agency Cardinal Innovations takes over. MeckLINK operated for little over a year, but that tenure spurred fights with state lawmakers for control, cost the county millions of dollars, and contributed to the fall of two top county officials.


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Local News
10:09 am
Wed March 26, 2014

County To Continue Funding Mental Health Services After Cardinal Takeover

Mecklenburg County government will continue to supplement state and federal Medicaid dollars for mental health services with its own money. The county has provided those funds for years, but their fate has been in limbo, as officials prepare to hand over mental health oversight to an outside organization.


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Local News
9:44 am
Mon March 24, 2014

The Once And (Potential) Future Brooklyn, Charlotte

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

For much of the 20th century, the southeastern quadrant of Uptown Charlotte contained a bustling neighborhood known as Brooklyn. It formed because of segregation, but grew into the center of Charlotte’s black community.  Torn down and paved over, a vibrant Second Ward became a sleepy government district. But city leaders plan to revive the area through a new development that bears a familiar name, if they can get it off the ground.

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Local News
9:50 am
Thu October 31, 2013

'We Have To Protect' County Manager Applicants, Cotham Says

Pat Cotham

Four Mecklenburg County Commissioners will be reviewing the applicants for the new county manager.

It's only four because the other five commissioners are locked out of the process. The board voted 6-3 recently to limit the number of commissioners who can see the applications until finalists are chosen.


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Local News
6:04 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Mecklenburg's 'Exemplary' Survey Results Based On Suggestive Questions

The 2013 Mecklenburg County Community Survey gave the county government high marks for public perception of their services.
Credit Mecklenburg County

How would you rate the services Mecklenburg County provides compared to the taxes you pay? A new survey by the county would have you believe that people in the county overwhelmingly approve of it, but the survey has some flaws.


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Local News
10:02 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Mecklenburg County Property Taxes Likely To Increase

Mecklenburg County commissioners tentatively approved a new budget Tuesday night that includes an increase to the property tax rate of 2.35 cents.


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Local News
10:27 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Cotham Answers Nay-sayers Over Firing With Poll

Mecklenburg County Chairman Pat Cotham

Mecklenburg County Chairman Pat Cotham has taken a lot of heat for the firing of County Manager Harry Jones last week.  So she’s decided to fire back at her nay-sayers by releasing results of a poll she commissioned.   


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Local News
9:44 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Commissioners Battle In First Meeting Since Firing Jones

A meeting of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners Tuesday turned into a series of heated exchanges between commissioners with accusations of ethics violations, sexism and racism. It was the board’s first public meeting since it fired county manager Harry Jones.

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