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Monday, February 5, 2018

After losing our Amazon bid because we don’t have enough tech workers, what our city is doing to strengthen our tech workforce.

Nick De La Canal

Diane Siskey, the widow of Charlotte Ponzi scheme operator Richard Siskey, has reached an interim agreement to turn over $15 million in insurance money. Under the agreement reached between  Siskey and a court-appointed trustee reviewing victim claims, most of the money would go toward partial payments to victims in the scheme and to administrative expenses.

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Federal investigators are trying to determine why a switch was in the wrong position early Sunday morning near Columbia, S..C.

It had fatal consequences.

An Amtrak passenger train was diverted onto the wrong track and into a parked freight train. Two people were killed, and over 100 were injured.

You'd be forgiven if you went to bed early having chalked up another win for New England.

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Updated at 5:15 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into why a switch was turned to the wrong position, forcing an Amtrak train onto a side track, where it crashed into a parked freight train.

Train 91, traveling from New York to Miami, derailed in Cayce, S.C., about 2:45 a.m. after hitting the freight train, killing the conductor and engineer on the Amtrak train and injuring 116 passengers.

Updated 8:38 a.m. ET

A White House official confirms with NPR that Kathleen Hartnett White's controversial nomination to head the Council on Environmental Quality is being withdrawn.

In a rare move, the Federal Reserve announced Friday that it is restricting Wells Fargo's growth and demanding the replacement of four board members in response to "widespread consumer abuses and compliance breakdowns" at the bank.

"Until the firm makes sufficient improvements, it will be restricted from growing any larger than its total asset size as of the end of 2017," the Fed said in a statement. This is first time the Fed has placed a cap on the overall growth of a firm.

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Updated 5:50 pm

The man a CMPD officer shot Friday afternoon has died.

CMPD says that 27-year-old Charlie Shoupe was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center.

The shooting happened at 1:05 p.m. Friday in a parking lot near the intersection of Timberbook Drive and Tuckaseege Road in northwest Charlotte.

Duke Energy headquarters in Charlotte.
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Duke Energy says it will pass along to customers some of the savings from new federal tax cuts that took effect Jan. 1.  In filings with utilities regulators in the Carolinas, Florida and Kentucky, the company says federal tax windfalls will go to reducing bills and offsetting future rate increases.

Friday, February 2 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks local news roundup, local pundits and lawmakers react to President Trump’s State of the Union speech.   Our city council holds a retreat in Durham.  We tell you what they talked about.  Duke Energy customers don’t like the company’s request to increase rates.