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Politics
1:05 am
Thu April 16, 2015

POTUS Pitches To Mommy Bloggers

President Barack Obama hands his microphone to blogger Erin Odom.
Tom Bullock WFAE

Child care, student loans, wages, the economy. These were some of the issues President Obama addressed Wednesday at ImaginOn in uptown Charlotte. But the overall focus of the town hall-style meeting was on women.

President Obama began his remarks by having a little fun with the fact he was speaking at a children’s library.

"I was just hanging out with the Cat in the Hat," he joked.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Obama Takes Populist Message To Women Voters

Moderator Lisa Stone asks President Obama a question. Stone is a co-founder of BlogHer and chief community officer of SheKnows Media.
Tom Bullock WFAE

President Obama spoke with North Carolina women in blogging and social media. The event was part of a week-long, Tax Week pitch aimed at working women, and it comes as 2016 presidential candidates begin their campaigns.

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Local News
1:31 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Live Video Stream Of President Obama's Charlotte Town Hall

President Obama answers questions from the BlogHer and SheKnows online communities during a conversation with working women in Charlotte. 

Local News
9:07 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Obama Pushing Tax Credits In Charlotte

Credit Tasnim Shamma

President Obama will visit Charlotte on Wednesday as part of a tax week push for two policies in his proposed budget. He is specifically targeting his message to working women.

The president has proposed expanding two tax credits that primarily affect lower- and middle-income families—the child care and earned income tax credits. He’ll try to tie those policies specifically to working women.

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Local News
9:52 am
Tue April 14, 2015

FBI: Cannon's 'Product' Info Would Interfere With Case

June 2, 2014 - Cannon walks out of the courthouse to speak to the media for the first time after his arrest.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

The FBI has refused to release information about a “feminine hygiene product” former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon claimed to want to develop, and which he used as a pretext to accept a bribe. The agency officially claims release of the documents could interfere with the case, even though the investigation has completed and Cannon is in prison.


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Charlotte Observer
3:33 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

President Obama To Visit Charlotte On Wednesday

President Obama

The White House announced Saturday that President Barack Obama will return to Charlotte next week. Specific details are to come, but White House officials said Obama will travel to the Charlotte area on April 15 for an event on the economy.

The Charlotte visit appears to be a continuation of a tour to select cities to promote the administration's work on the economy. The visits come following a March jobs report that fell short of expectations. Employers added just 126,000 jobs in March, according to the Labor Department. That's the weakest showing in more than a year.

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Local News
9:10 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Uncertain Progress For NC Cities, Counties Seeking Lost Tax Revenue

An earlier draft of last year's legislation that removed the local business privilege license tax.
Credit NC General Assembly

Local leaders are still hoping North Carolina lawmakers will find a way to replace money lost from the elimination of the business license tax. Governor Pat McCrory reiterated his support for that Monday.  But after more than a year and despite that talk, prospects in Raleigh remain uncertain.


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Politics
11:22 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Shifting Center Or Standing Pat? The Politics Of Gov. McCrory Ahead Of 2016 Campaign

Candidate Pat McCrory from a 2012 political ad.
Credit Via YouTube

Governor Pat McCrory was Monday's guest on Charlotte Talks. The interview comes at a time when the Republican governor is at odds with state lawmakers, particularly Republicans in the Senate, on a number of key issues. These include taxes, business incentives and the state’s budget.

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Local News
3:27 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Appraiser Explains The Hit To Charlotte's Budget

The City of Charlotte learned this month it would receive $14 million less in property taxes than expected next year. A redo of Mecklenburg County’s flawed 2011 revaluation suddenly found property was worth much less than previously estimated. Overall, property tax value fell by $2 billion. Commercial property makes up the largest share of the dip.


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Local News
10:44 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

House And Senate Reach Deal To Slow Gas Tax Fall

Credit Rusty Clark / Flickr

Lawmakers in the North Carolina House and Senate have reached a compromise to stop a dip in the state gas tax, which would have led to deep cuts in the state Department of Transportation.

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