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Local News
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Charlotte Studies Benefits, Drawbacks Of Pay-Per-Bag Trash Service

A WasteZero trash bag.
Credit WasteZero

There’s been a lot of trash talk in Charlotte recently. And no, we don’t mean college basketball. The city is studying pay-as-you-throw garbage service as a way to reduce the amount of trash we send to the landfill.


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Local News
4:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

City Stops Paying Court Costs For CMPD Officer

Officer Randall Kerrick

If you're a city employee sued by anyone while you're on the job, the city will help pay for your legal costs. That's how it usually works.

But last month, city manager Ron Carlee decided to stop paying attorney fees for Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick.That's because CMPD charged him with a crime: voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell.


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Local News
9:35 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Airport Extends...And Cancels Controversial Taxi Contract

Credit Julie Rose

Amid an FBI investigation, a city ordered review and claims that corruption was at the heart of the original process, the Charlotte airport is re-opening its controversial taxi contract.

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Local News
9:22 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Charlotte Budget Recommendation: Modest Tax Increases, Pay Raise

City utility and sanitation workers file into the city council meeting to hear the city manager's recommended budget.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte city manager Ron Carlee gave taxpayers a preliminary glimpse Monday night into how the city will spend their money, and how much they will pay. Carlee presented to city council his recommendation for next year’s budget, which runs from July through next June.


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

City Update With Charlotte's Mayor And City Manager

Mayor Dan Clodfelter
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It has been a little over a month since former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon resigned after his arrest on federal corruption charges; he still hasn’t been indicted. Since then, we've been learning more about accusations of a pay-to-play scheme involving taxi companies and the airport. We have a new mayor, Dan Clodfelter who has said that "stability" is his highest priority for the city. The city has opened its books in the ongoing federal investigation into Cannon. Fights over control of the airport continue. And it's budget time. There's a lot going on in Charlotte at a time when the city tries to re-earn the public and the business community's trust. 

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Politics
9:57 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Carlee: Charges Against Cannon Don't Represent How City Runs

City manager Ron Carlee announced on Thursday afternoon that city council members will hold a special meeting on Monday evening to plan out how they will replace former Mayor Patrick Cannon.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte city government officials are now dealing with the aftermath of former mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest and resignation. Charlotte could have a new mayor as soon as Monday.

Charlotte city council will meet on Monday evening to layout a timeline, possibly consider candidates and vote. City manager Ron Carlee held a press conference Thursday afternoon, in which he said the charges against Cannon don’t represent the way the city operates. 

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Crime
2:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

City Manager Ron Carlee Decides To "Ban The Box"

More than 200 people attended an expungement seminar last year to learn how to remove convictions from their criminal record to improve access to jobs and housing. Before the seminar, students from the Charlotte School of Law tried to recruit people to join the "Ban The Box" campaign.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee officially "banned the box" on Friday. Applicants for city jobs will now no longer see a question about prior convictions on the initial application. The exception will be for public safety jobs – like police officers or airport employees.

Applicants will be asked about criminal history much later in the process -- in some departments after several rounds of interviews.

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Local News
11:36 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Toxic Chemicals Illegally Dumped Into Charlotte Sewer

Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities

Charlotte police are trying to identify who pumped toxic chemicals into a city sewer line.  The incident caused authorities to shut down the Mallard Creek water treatment plant for some 17 hours.

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Local News
1:10 am
Tue September 17, 2013

CMPD Officer Fired 12 Times In Killing Of Unarmed Man

Georgia Ferrell clutches a stuffed animal belonging to her son Jonathan, 24, who was shot and killed by a CMPD officer on Saturday morning.
Credit Julie Rose

A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer charged with involuntary voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed man over the weekend is due in court this afternoon. CMPD says Officer Randall Kerrick used excessive force in the death of Jonathan Ferrell, firing his gun 12 times and striking Ferrell with ten of those bullets. An attorney for the Ferrell family calls the criminal charge "bold" and "unprecedented," but questions whether CMPD vets and trains its officers adequately.

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Local News
6:03 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Family Of Slain Man Applauds CMPD For Swiftly Charging Officer

Jonathan Ferrell's brother Willie, the family's attorney Christopher Chestnut and Ferrell's mother Georgia held a press conference in Charlotte on Monday morning.
Credit Julie Rose

More details – and consequences – are beginning to emerge from a tragic incident in northeast Mecklenburg County over the weekend. 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick, who has now been charged with voluntary manslaughter. All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey spoke with WFAE's Julie Rose about new developments in the story.

Julie, you were at a press conference with Mr. Ferrell's family this morning. What were you able to learn from them about the incident?

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