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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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

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

The bluegrass folk rock band Cast Iron Filter was a favorite on concert circuit in Charlotte and across the Southeast in the late 1990s and early 2000s before its breakup in 2004. Thursday night they'll return to their old Charlotte haunt, the Visulite Theater, as part of weeklong reunion.

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Cemeteries In Our Midst
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Fri August 24, 2012

Cemeteries In Our Midst

A gravestone in the cemetery adjacent to the Grand Promenade Village in University City. Photo: Tanner Latham.

Mecklenburg County has at least 270 known cemetery sites. Some are obvious, located along a main road or next to a church. But other burial grounds have become obscured by the passage of time, neglect, or urban sprawl. WFAE's Mark Rumsey reports on a few local cemeteries that are "hidden in plain sight."

A gravestone in the cemetery adjacent to the Grand Promenade Village in University City. Photo: Tanner Latham.

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CMS Looks At Why So Many At Two Schools Didn't
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Fri August 24, 2012

CMS Looks At Why So Many At Two Schools Didn't Take Tests

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has released student end of year test scores for all of its schools, except two. West Charlotte and Harding high schools didn't have enough students taking the tests to post official scores for those schools. The state requires a school to test 95 percent of students in a course. Last night, school board members asked what happened.

Superintendent Heath Morrison questioned whether leaders at West Charlotte tried hard enough to get students to take them. But at Harding he said it was a different case.

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Charlotte Observer: Would-Be DNC Home Renters
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Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer: Would-Be DNC Home Renters Adjust Expectations

With the Democratic National Convention less than a month away, some Charlotte residents who want to rent out their homes for the event have had to adjust their price expectations.
While there are stories of people cashing in on the Sept. 4-6 event, many homeowners have lowered their prices in the hope of getting something rather than nothing.
The rental craze surrounding the convention started months ago, but rental activity has spiked in the past few weeks, according to two rental services.

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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...

Leading up to next month's Democratic National Convention and to the November election, most Fridays, Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer is joining Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen to talk politics.

MCFADYEN: Professor Bitzer, good morning.

BITZER: Good morning.

MCFADYEN: So the big news out of the Charlotte area in politics this week: the Democratic National Convention Committee announced the speakers' line up for next month. Were there any surprises there? What stands out to you?

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Revaluation Town Hall Meetings
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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.

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Well-Known Mooresville Football Coach Remembered
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Fri August 24, 2012

Well-Known Mooresville Football Coach Remembered

A processional will be held in downtown Mooresville tomorrow afternoon to remember a well-known football coach who died last week. Joe Popp's career spanned the high school, college, and professional levels.

Even long after Joe Popp retired, you could find him at the Mooresville high football field on Fridays just before game time, talking shop.

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Duke To Offer Free Classes Online
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Duke To Offer Free Classes Online

Duke University has announced it will begin offering free Internet courses this fall to anyone who wants to enroll. The school is partnering with a California startup that has more than a dozen top-tier universities offering classes online.

Sixty thousand dollars. That's the estimated cost to attend Duke University during the coming school year. And even if you could afford to attend, you'd still need the grades to get in.

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