Pendergraph, Pittenger Similar On Issues But Still
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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. Mr.

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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.

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NC Education Budget Includes Small Raise And
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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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Davidson Band Reunites For Week Of Gigs
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Fri August 24, 2012

Davidson Band Reunites For Week Of Gigs

Cast Iron Filter reunited at Davidson reunions Saturday, June 9. From left, Dustin Edge, Mike Orlando, Tim Helfrich, Mason

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Panel Says Community Needs To Tackle Education
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Fri August 24, 2012

Panel Says Community Needs To Tackle Education Problems Together

CMS Board Frustrated Reform Hasn't Lived Up To
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Fri August 24, 2012

CMS Board Frustrated Reform Hasn't Lived Up To Expectation

Charlotte Observer: Former Mecklenburg
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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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This Week In Politics: Convention Speakers,
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Fri August 24, 2012

This Week In Politics: Convention Speakers, Romney's Gaffes Abroad...

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Revaluation Town Hall Meetings
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Revaluation Town Hall Meetings

Persistent complaints about the 2011 property revaluation in Mecklenburg County enters a new phase this week. A private auditor, hired by the county to investigate the revaluation process, will hold a series of six public meetings. The first is Monday night in Matthews. "This whole process is only going to work well if citizens come forward and let us know what the concerns are," says Emmett Curl of Pearson's Appraisal Service, the company conducting the audit. People will have 3 minutes to talk about their own property revaluation concerns.

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