News Desk

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A new state law benefits solar energy but also places a moratorium on wind energy.  We get an update on that and on other alternative energy projects.

State Sen. Tommy Tucker
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  A Charlotte-area lawmaker who pushed for the 2015 state law that bars state or local governments from removing Confederate memorials says Monday's toppling of a monument in Durham is regrettable, and he hopes the state can hold on to these historical symbols.  Meanwhile, in a web post Monday, Gov. Roy Cooper said that law should be repealed. 

Aerial view of the Shoreham Solar Commons project under construction in Brookhaven, N.Y.
Duke Energy Renewables

Duke Energy's commercial renewable energy division is expanding into New York State by buying one of that state's largest solar energy farms.  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Professional golf royalty has been in town all week for the PGA Championship. How did Charlotte do as host to a major tournament? The Citizens Review Board held a hearing on CMPD’s internal exoneration of the officer who shot Keith Lamont Scott nearly a year ago.  Teacher and principal pay raises highlighted the newly approved CMS budget.  And Governor Cooper came to Charlotte to announce the expansion of Allstate Insurance- the company is bringing 2,500 jobs to the Queen City. Host Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters cover those stories and more on the Friday News Roundup.

I-77 exit 28 in Cornelius
David Boraks

Updated Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
A draft report is out from a consultant reviewing the contract for the I-77 toll lane project north of Charlotte. Mercator Advisors says it would have cost NCDOT at least $149 million to cancel the contract with the private company hired to build and manage the lanes - using figures as of Dec. 31, 2016.

The old Hercules Industrial Park off Statesville Avenue is up for redevelopment.
David Boraks / WFAE

WFAE has a new initiative called Ask Us to let our audience suggest story ideas. On our website, we're asking what you're curious about in the Charlotte region, its life, and culture. We recently put another set of five questions to a vote – letting you decide the story you wanted us to cover. The winner came from Steve Tekola, of east Charlotte. He talked to WFAE's David Boraks.

Charlotte Observer/David T. Foster III

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gentrification can spruce up neighborhoods but it can also price long-term residents out. We examine that and hear about what may be a first-of-its-kind effort to slow gentrification down.

Updated 5:38 p.m.
Police say they have no suspects in a fatal shooting Tuesday night in southeast Charlotte. CMPD officers were called to east Independence Boulevard near Wallace Road around 7:20 p.m., where they found a 25-year-old man dead of gunshot wounds in a vehicle.

Charlotte Talks: NC Education Update

Aug 9, 2017
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Wednesday, August 9 2017

Back to school is looming large in Charlotte but some schools here and around the state are already in session.  Mike Collins and two North Carolina education reporters provide an overview of some of the issues facing schools as they start the new year.

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 North Carolina's biggest health insurer has picked a top executive with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to become its next CEO.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said Tuesday that Dr. Patrick Conway will become the insurer's chief executive on Oct. 1. He will replace Brad Wilson, who is retiring.

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