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It's been a very busy week for WFAE's newsroom. The removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina's capitol grounds dominated our coverage, but there were other stories. Among them: Mecklenburg County commissioners deciding to leave a Confederate monument alone, and a jobs announcement that turned into a political rally of sorts for lawmakers to expand the economic development incentives program known as JDIG.

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Greg, Lisa and Ben talk Governor McCrory's vetoes of the "Ag-Gag" bill and legislation that lets magistrates opt out of performing same-sex marriages. Charlotte City Council will soon decide whether to pass a local civil rights ordinance. And,  a litte about our new series, Block by Block.

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WFAE's Tom Bullock sits in for both Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford. Tom and News Director Greg Collard discuss the city of Charlotte's $2.25 million settlement with the family of Jonathan Ferrell. He died in September 2013 after police officer Randall Kerrick shot him 10 times. The settlement comes about 2 months before Kerrick goes to trial (July 20) on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Greg and Tom also discuss budget decisions that will soon be made at the local and state levels, plus a legislative attempt to redraw some local election districts.

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Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and a report's findings on the Charlotte Fire Department. Plus, Ben talks about his visit to Duke Energy's coal-fired Marshall Steam Station.

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It was a surreal news week for WFAE's Tom Bullock. At NPR, Tom was Baghdad bureau chief and covered General David Patraeus during his rise to prominence. On Thursday, Tom covered Patraeus in a federal courtroom in Charlotte as he admitted to violating the Espionage Act. He talks about it in this episode of WFAE Talks. Plus, education reporter Lisa Worf discusses the Charter School Advisory Board's decision to recommend approval of several for-profit charter schools. Last year, some lawmakers made it clear they were unhappy the board only approved one for-profit charter school.

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Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss the politics and budgetary effects of a legislative proposal to redistribute the state's sales tax. It would mean less money for Mecklenburg County, but could be a boon to rural areas. Plus, Charlotte's unexpected budget challenge that resulted from a redo of the 2011 property revaluation.

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WFAE reporters Lisa Worf and Gwendolyn Glenn join News Director Greg Collard on this edition of our newsroom podcast.

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You know Mark Rumsey as WFAE’s All Things Considered host. He’s also WFAE’s Public Conversations coordinator. In this episode, Mark talks to News Director Greg Collard about what emerged from WFAE’s most recent Public Conversation on End-of-Life Planning and Choices.

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Reporter Gwendolyn Glenn makes her first appearance on WFAE Talks. Gwendolyn is a new addition to WFAE's newsroom. In this episode, charter schools and gangs in Chester, SC, are among the issues addressed. Gwendolyn also gives some observations from one of her first assignments: Covering a hearing in which the convictions of the Friendship 9 were overturned.

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Roger Sarow is finishing his last week as president and general manager of WFAE. He's retiring after nearly 27 years in the position.

In this WFAE Talks, Greg Collard talks to Roger about his time at WFAE, his career at other stations, and public radio's future. He also discusses experiences and people who influenced his life before going into public radio. They include his parents, a great kindergarten teacher, and a Vietnam War college protest that went too far.

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