CLT Airport Spruces Up For DNC
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

CLT Airport Spruces Up For DNC

An artist rendering of a steel and glass sculpture in the shape of a feather standing-on-end that will greet passengers driving

An artist rendering of a steel and glass sculpture in the shape of a feather standing-on-end that will greet passengers driving into the airport.

Charlotte-Douglas Airport will be the city's first and last impression on most of the thousands of people expected here for the DNC in just over a month. A host of projects are underway to spruce up the place - new carpet, new taxis, new cell service and a 60-foot sculpture at the airport entrance.

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The Week In Politics: Taxes, Guns, Third-Party
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

The Week In Politics: Taxes, Guns, Third-Party Spoiler

Leading up to the November election, most Fridays, Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer is joining WFAE's Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen to talk politics.

MCFADYEN: So the race for the North Carolina governorship has heated up a bit this week. Lt Governor Walter Dalton speaking to WECT in Wilmington said that he wouldn't rule out the possibility of raising taxes. Let's take a listen

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Judd Stumps For Obama
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Judd Stumps For Obama

Actress Ashley Judd visited the city Sunday to drum up support for President Obama. But she was also there to speak about issues such as health care and education and how they relate to women.

"And when we can empower and educate women, let them plan and space the births of their children, access the health care that they need, particularly preventatively, their children are healthier."

Judd helped host Charlotte's stop on the Women Vote 2012 Summit Tour, a national series sponsored by the Obama campaign.

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DNC Takes Over TWC Arena
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

DNC Takes Over TWC Arena

Bobcats EVP Bill Duffy hands TWC Arena keys to DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan. Photo: Julie Rose

Bobcats EVP Bill Duffy hands TWC Arena keys to DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan. Photo: Julie Rose

Work is underway on a $7 million temporary re-model of Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte in preparation for the Democratic National Convention this September. The arena will be closed to all events for the next seven weeks.

Just moments after DNC organizers got the keys to Time Warner Cable Arena, workers were already busy gutting the corporate suites to convert them into TV studios.

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Electrolux Donation Cools Low Income Families
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Electrolux Donation Cools Low Income Families

While people donate a couch, clothes, and lamps pretty readily when they go out of style, air conditioners are usually used until they go kaput. Crisis Assistance Ministries' furniture bank was sparse on cooling appliances until a donation arrived Friday.

Electrolux delivered 940 air conditioning units to the Crisis Assistance Ministries' furniture bank to help stifle the heat wave. The units are valued at $140,000 dollars. Crisis Assistance Ministries' will now make the units available to low income Mecklenburg county residents.

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Bitzer: Actions Show Pedue A Lame-Duck
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Bitzer: Actions Show Pedue A Lame-Duck

Lawmakers in Raleigh Monday overrode all three of Governor Bev Perdue's recent vetoes. The bills that will now become law include measures legalizing the gas drilling method known as "fracking," and one that limits the Racial Justice Act. That's the law that allows death row prisoners to appeal their sentences using statistical evidence to show discrimination. And finally, lawmakers overrode Perdue's veto of the $20.2 billion budget.

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More Money Or Less Money For NC Schools This Year?
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

More Money Or Less Money For NC Schools This Year?

State lawmakers approved a budget last week and Republicans praised it by pointing out that it sent more money to schools this year without raising taxes. But some Democrats said, "No, it actually cut schools budget." So who's right?

There are a lot of numbers here so I'm going to get the help of an accountant. He's not just any accountant. He's Phillip Price, the CFO for North Carolina public schools. He follows the state budget process closely.

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DavidsonNews.net: MSC Industrial Plans 'Co-HQ' At
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

DavidsonNews.net: MSC Industrial Plans 'Co-HQ' At Exit 30, Up To 400 Jobs

Property is off I-77 Exit 30, behind Homewood Suites.

The property is off I-77 Exit 30, behind Homewood Suites.

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Romance Absent From Lobby Laws
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Romance Absent From Lobby Laws

Last month, a couple of high profile resignations in House Speaker Tillis's office drew attention to the lobbyist and legislator relationships in Raleigh.

In the fallout, reform to the current ethics laws is being discussed, but no one has any answers yet on how to legislate romance.

This report examines the issue of lobby ethics in reports that grew out of a national project called the State Integrity Investigation.

Zeb Alley was a state senator in the early 1970s and has been a lobbyist in Raleigh for over 30 years. Photo: Tanner Latham

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NC Town Holding Dirty Dancing Festival
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NC Town Holding Dirty Dancing Festival

Fans of the movie "Dirty Dancing" are gathering in the small mountain town of Lake Lure this weekend for the "Dirty Dancing Festival." Much of the movie was shot there. This year is the 25th anniversary of the film's release.

Everyone knows the line: "Nobody puts baby in a corner.'

Dirty Dancing helped catapult Patrick Swayze into stardom. And it was his death from cancer in 2009 that became the impetus for the Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure in Rutherford County. Lots of people called the town and asked if they were going to do anything special.

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