CMS Board Frustrated Reform Hasn't Lived Up To
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

CMS Board Frustrated Reform Hasn't Lived Up To Expectation

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has been trying to get its best teachers and principals in the most struggling schools through an initiative called strategic staffing. The schools have made big gains, but they're still far from where the district expected them to be at this point. Several school board members voiced frustration about that at Wednesday night's meeting.

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Charlotte Observer: Former Mecklenburg
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer: Former Mecklenburg Commissioner Dan Ramirez Facing Lou Gehrig's Disease

Former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Dan Ramirez has raised lots of money for political races. But the fundraiser he's promoting now is in a different league.
"I am running the 'Ultimate Race of My Life,' " Ramirez writes in his invitation to an Aug.28 benefit for the Joe Martin ALS Foundation.
Ramirez, 65, is using the event to disclose publicly that he was diagnosed in February with ALS - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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NC Athletes In London
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NC Athletes In London

As of this afternoon, the U.S. is second in the Olympic medals ranking, right behind China. But how is North Carolina doing in the Olympics?

WFAE's Kalie McMonagle joined Mark Rumsey in the studio with the answer.

RUMSEY: Kalie, Charlotte is home to a professional swimming team - SwimMAC - and I know several of those swimmers are in London. How have they done?

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Refugees Build Field Of Dreams
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Refugees Build Field Of Dreams

Notches in tree logs and minimal bolts support the longhouse constructed like Lincoln Logs. Photo: Kalie McMonagle

Notches in tree logs and minimal bolts support the longhouse constructed like Lincoln Logs. Photo: Kalie McMonagle

During the Vietnam War, American forces were aided by ethnic Christian minorities called Montagnards. The Montagnards paid a price for their support.

After the war, Montagnards in Vietnam were forced to denounce their faith. Those who didn't were arrested and, in some cases, crucified.

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One-on-One With Ashley Judd
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

One-on-One With Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd. Photo: Tanner Latham

Ashley Judd and her dog Buttermilk. Photo: Tanner Latham.

Actress Ashley Judd was in Charlotte Sunday to stump for President Obama. She spoke at an event aimed at bolstering the female vote. And she sat down with WFAE's Tanner Latham to talk about her status as a celebrity, her role as a delegate for the upcoming DNC, and the influence her grandmother had in helping raise her and as a political activist.

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BofA Earnings Up
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

BofA Earnings Up

Bank of America says it made $2.5 billion - or 19 cents a share - during the second quarter this year. That's a significant improvement from the same quarter last year when the bank reported a loss of more than $8 billion that was due mostly to mortgage-related charges.
During a conference call with analysts this morning, CEO Brian Moynihan said the bank is focusing on four main areas this year:

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Pendergraph, Pittenger Similar On Issues But Still
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Pendergraph, Pittenger Similar On Issues But Still Room For Attack

A debate Monday between 9th district Republican congressional candidates Jim Pendergraph and Robert Pittenger showed the two are largely on the same page issue-wise.

But that didn't stop them from taking jabs at each other.

The most notable exchange concerned a vote Pittenger made for a bill in 2003 when he was a state senator. The bill increased the value of property he owned. Pendergraph produced a copy of the deed to the land in question.

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Mecklenburg Courts Target Of Prank
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Mecklenburg Courts Target Of Prank

Mecklenburg County court officials are warning people not to fall for a series of prank phone calls and texts. The calls try to trick people into believing they failed to report for jury duty.

From the website humorhotline.com, pranksters have forwarded a text message or e-mail that tells people to call a number. When they call, they receive message that informs them they will by fined $500 and serve a 30 day jail sentence for failing to appear.

The end of the call lets people know it's a prank.

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Duke/Progress Merger Nearly Final
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Duke/Progress Merger Nearly Final

Jim Rogers speaks with attendees at Duke Energy's annual shareholder meeting in May. Photo: Julie Rose.

Updated 4:38 p.m. June 29
Duke Energy had hoped to finalize its $26 billion merger with Progress Energy this weekend, but it looks like they'll have to wait a few more days. North Carolina Utility regulators gave their approval to the deal on Friday, but South Carolina regulators won't rule until at least Monday. WFAE's Julie Rose reports Duke and Progress are on the verge of becoming the largest utility in the nation.

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NC Education Budget Includes Small Raise And
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NC Education Budget Includes Small Raise And Several Policy Changes

North Carolina lawmakers have passed a budget that includes a 1.2 percent pay raise for teachers. It also includes several parts of what Republicans in the Senate call a major reform bill.

The budget includes $27 million for a package of education changes. Among those is an emphasis on reading in early grades. Struggling students will get extra help with reading, but if they aren't reading at grade-level by the end of third grade, they'll be held back.

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