Mecklenburg County

Local News
8:36 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Seven Years Later, A 'Successful' Whitewater Center (With Taxpayer Help)

An athlete practices at the U.S. National Whitewater Center before the USA Canoe/Kayak National Team Trials.
Michael Tomsic

The U.S. National Whitewater Center is hosting races this weekend that'll determine who represents the U.S. Canoe and Kayak team at this year’s world championships. It's a key event for a facility in Mecklenburg County that's had its share of financial troubles since opening in 2006 but has emerged from those troubles with the help of taxpayer money. Mecklenburg County and other local governments agreed to contribute up to $12 million to help the Whitewater Center get through its first seven years of business. Now Mecklenburg County officials say the facility is doing well enough that they shouldn't have to make their final payment.


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Mecklenburg County Environmental Report Card

2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report Card
Credit CharMeck.org

Every two years Mecklenburg County does an environmental assessment and delivers an environmental report card of sorts. The report card for the last two years has just been released and we’ll meet with two officials to see how our region fared in Air, Land, Water and Waste use and efficiency. In most aspects the county has fared well but the recession did have an impact in some areas. We’ll find out which ones, what aspects of our environment passed with flying colors and what has room for improvement. We check the county’s environmental grade.

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Local News
4:40 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

State, County Workers Face More Late Nights, Long Weekends Because Of NC FAST

N.C. DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos at an earlier hearing with state lawmakers.
Credit CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

State and county employees may have to continue working nights and weekends to keep North Carolina's food stamp backlog under control. Those kinds of hours helped the state make tremendous progress toward a federal deadline Monday. But more challenges remain.


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Local News
10:42 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Mecklenburg County Clears Food Stamp Backlog (Again)

Mecklenburg County staff work on food stamp applications.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Mecklenburg County has done its part in trying to help North Carolina meet a federal deadline to resolve some of the state's longest food stamp delays. The state says it'll announce whether it met Monday's deadline on Tuesday morning. But Mecklenburg County health officials say they've cleared the entire county backlog.


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Environment
6:13 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Charlotte's Tree Canopy Cover Increases To 47 Percent

Charlotte's tree canopy cover increased by one percent from 2008. City council set a goal of having a tree canopy cover of 50 percent by the year 2050.
Credit Flickr/Erik Cleves Kristensen

  A new report on tree canopy cover shows that Charlotte and Mecklenburg County both saw an increase in the percentage of land shaded by trees between 2008 and 2012.

Engineers will present the full results of the latest study before city council Monday night.


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Politics
3:01 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Fuller: No Tax Hike; Calls For Poverty Task Force

Mecklenburg County Commission chairman Trevor Fuller says the county is fixing problems with the its mental health agency MeckLINK, the 2011 botched property tax revaluations and internal political turmoil: "In short, we are getting our house in order."
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller says he doesn't want to raise taxes this year because the county expects to see a surplus in revenue from construction and other growth.

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Crime
11:56 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Grand Jury Indictment Clears Way For Trial Against CMPD Officer Kerrick

The Rev. Dwayne Collins speaks at the prayer vigil outside the Government Center on Monday morning.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Last week, a Mecklenburg County grand jury refused to indict a Charlotte police officer, Randall Kerrick who shot an unarmed black man 10 times. On Monday, a different grand jury indicted Kerrick on a charge of voluntary manslaughter for the September incident.

The indictment came after a judge earlier in the day denied the request of Kerrick's attorneys who tried to block prosecutors from resubmitting the case to the new grand jury.


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Business
9:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Electrolux Announces 810 New Jobs, $85M Investment In Charlotte

Jack Truong, CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America, announced the company will add 810 jobs by 2017.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Appliance Maker Electrolux announced it will add more than 800 jobs with the expansion of their U.S. corporate headquarters in Charlotte. Electrolux says it will also invest more than $85 million toward construction costs for the expansion.


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Local News
10:03 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Mecklenburg County Tasks New Manager With Changing Culture

New county manager Dena Diorio
Credit Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County commissioners have hired from within to replace long-time county manager Harry Jones. Assistant County Manager Dena Diorio landed the job last night, seven months after Jones’ firing initiated a national search for a new leader.


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A Trifling Place
3:50 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

A Trifling Place, Episode 14: Charlotte vs. Raleigh

The relationship between Charlotte and Raleigh is like one of two squabbling siblings.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / Photos by James Willamor/NCDOT (Flickr)

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

Charlotte has a lot of nicknames. Some of them are flattering and others … not so much. One of them is "The Great State of Mecklenburg." Much of this has to do with how Raleigh perceives Charlotte and vice versa.

"If you've lived here long enough, you know about the bitter feud between Raleigh and Charlotte," Morgan Fogarty says on Fox News Edge in 2008. "They hate us. We don't care." 

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