Charlotte Observer: US Airways Jets Had Near Miss
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer: US Airways Jets Had Near Miss

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration and US Airways say they are investigating a near-miss involving three passenger jets Tuesday afternoon near Reagan National Airport.
According to a Washington Post report, air traffic controllers realized the mistake only 12 seconds before inbound and outbound jets would have collided.
The Daily Mail reports two outbound jets came within 500 and 600 feet of an inbound jet.

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Regulators Issue Findings On Catawba Nuclear Plant
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Regulators Issue Findings On Catawba Nuclear Plant Power Outage

Federal regulators have concluded their investigation of a power outage that led one of Duke Energy's nuclear reactors on Lake Wylie to shut down abruptly in April.

A preliminary report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Duke didn't follow
proper guidelines in testing upgraded equipment on one of its power generators at the plant. NRC spokesman Roger Hannah says the commission will wait on deciding on whether to issue a violation to Duke.

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Duke Board Members Refute 'Cold Feet' Allegations
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Duke Board Members Refute 'Cold Feet' Allegations

Friday was Duke Energy's turn back in the hot seat as state utility regulators continue their investigation into the sudden ouster of former Progress CEO Bill Johnson.

Duke Energy board members testified they never doubted a merger with Progress would be good for customers and - contrary to Johnson's allegations - they never wanted out of the deal. But they also say they never liked Johnson much from the start.

Lead Duke Energy director Ann Gray referenced Johnson's comments at the first of only a few times he met with the Duke Energy board.

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Edison Nation, CHS Partner To Find The 'Next Big
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Edison Nation, CHS Partner To Find The 'Next Big Idea' In Health Care

A Charlotte-based company known for helping everyday inventors take their big ideas mainstream has partnered with the region's largest hospital system in hopes of saving lives, rather than just making life easier.

One of Edison Nation's big success stories - with more than 1 million sold - is a plastic bowl that swivels and gyrates, rather than spilling its contents. The company collects ideas from people online, turns them into household hits and splits the royalties with the inventor.

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McCrory's Defamation Lawsuit Bluff May Have
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

McCrory's Defamation Lawsuit Bluff May Have Backfired

At the same time the McCrory for Governor campaign was loudly threatening to sue over a political attack ad, the campaign had quietly decided not to follow through on those threats. The ad implied McCrory was paid to lobby for tax breaks on behalf of Tree.com while he was mayor of Charlotte.

A spokesman for the McCrory campaign says the threats accomplished their goal - noting the TV ad is no longer running.

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Lawmakers Override Perdue Vetoes
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Lawmakers Override Perdue Vetoes

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DNC Moves CarolinaFest From Speedway To Uptown
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

DNC Moves CarolinaFest From Speedway To Uptown

DNC host committee chair Dan Murrey announces the Labor Day festival change in the shadow of the Bechtler Museum of Art. Photo:

Back in January, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman made a big announcement about the Monday festivities leading into the DNC convention.
"Our friends at the host committee are inviting families across the Carolinas, Virginia, and the South to come to Charlotte Motor Speedway to celebrate Labor Day and to continue the conversation that President Obama started four years ago," she said.

Now they've shifted gears. They've announced the party will be moving Uptown.

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Foxx Suggests Getting Rid Of 2018 Projects To
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Foxx Suggests Getting Rid Of 2018 Projects To Reduce Budget

The Charlotte City Council has about a week to come up with an alternative budget. Last week, council unexpectedly voted down an 8 percent property tax increase in a 6-to-5 vote. Mayor Anthony Foxx Wednesday suggested trimming some projects from the budget that aren't scheduled until 2018.

A new police station off Independence, an upgraded intersection in east Charlotte, and improvements along North Tryon to make way for a light rail line are among the projects scheduled for 2018. All together they account for about $124 million.

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North Charlotte Light Rail At Risk
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

North Charlotte Light Rail At Risk

The plan to extend light rail from Uptown to UNC-Charlotte is in jeopardy as a result of decisions made this week on the city and state level.

City council members rejected a plan to raise taxes for street and sidewalk projects that would support the rail line. North Carolina lawmakers have drafted a budget that eliminates funding for the project.

Both moves come just as Congress prepares to review Charlotte's request for a large grant to cover half the cost of constructing the Blue Line Extension.

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N.C., S.C. Unemployment Up In July
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

N.C., S.C. Unemployment Up In July

The unemployment rates for North and South Carolina increased last month to 9.6 percent.

In North Carolina, the unemployment rate increased for the first time in a year. State Department of Commerce spokesman Larry Parker said that's despite most industries actually adding jobs. Here's the catch:

"It was the government sector that had a large decrease," Parker said. "That was mainly in local government, which is something you see typically over the summertime as schools let out."

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