Charlotte Observer: Mecklenburg Commissioners Cool To City, County Merger

Aug 24, 2012

A proposal by Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to study political consolidation of the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County governments appears to have little support among county commissioners. Only one commissioner, George Dunlap, a Democrat, said he would vote yes to a study. Democrat Jennifer Roberts and Chair Harold Cogdell, who is unaffiliated, said they would consider it, but only if the county's municipalities are well-represented in the process. Cogdell said he also would like the study to include nonpartisan elections.

CorneliusNews.net: Property Owners Give Consutants An Earful On Revaluation

Aug 24, 2012

Johnny Bustle of Green Dolphin Lane Cornelius said he lost an appeal on his "tear down" ranch house. He thinks many of the homes in his neighborhood were overvalued. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net) Why were so many varied lots around Lake Norman all valued identically at $700,000 in last year's Mecklenburg County property revaluation? Why did the assessor's office reject private appraisals from so many homeowners appealing their new valuations? And what did county officials mean when they told some homeowners they wouldn't revise land values because "it would open up a can of worms"?

Duke Takes Back Rate-Break For Big Customers

Aug 24, 2012

CMPD: Crime Up 4 Percent This Year

Aug 24, 2012

After several years of double digit drops in crime, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police report an overall increase of 4 percent since the start of this year. CMPD credits much of the recent improvement in crime rates to a focus on putting repeat offenders behind bars. Now, Deputy Chief Kerr Putney says new people are taking their place.

New Slaughterhouse Cuts Costs

Aug 24, 2012

A 3-percent pay raise for CMS teachers is in question today. Governor Perdue vetoed a budget that would have made those raises possible saying lawmakers need to send even more funds to schools. Republican state lawmakers are at this hour attempting to override that veto. The action coincides with CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison's first day on the job. In this segment, WFAE's Julie Rose discusses the issues with WFAE's All Things Considered host, Mark Rumsey: MARK: Julie, how closely is Superintendent Morrison watching the budget votes in Raleigh on his first day?

Loray Mill Project Gets Financing... Finally

Aug 24, 2012

The massive Loray Mill has been sitting vacant in Gastonia for nearly two decades, but that could be about to change. Camden Development Partners wants to build 190 loft apartments there along with space for shops. City officials announced Monday the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has committed to financing. Jack Kiser with the City of Gastonia has high hopes for the Loray Mill. "It is in an area that will have tremendous catalytic effect in turning around real estate and creating an opportunity for new investment," says Kiser.

American Idol Sifts Charlotte Talent

Aug 24, 2012

Charlotte Considers Proposals For Carolina Theatre

Aug 24, 2012

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