Charlotte Observer - Vendors: DNC Too Quiet On
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer - Vendors: DNC Too Quiet On Sales

Eight weeks before the start of the Democratic National Convention, some vendors who hope to sell merchandise are frustrated they have no information.
Convention organizers asked businesses last fall to sign up with an online directory to hear about opportunities. Some vendors said they hoped they'd hear by now about chances to sell souvenirs during the September event. Sellers say they need time to prepare enough merchandise.
But so far, they've heard nothing.

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New CMS Superintendent Tours Facilities
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

New CMS Superintendent Tours Facilities

New CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison Monday began his first day on the job with bus drivers and graphic designers. He also

Heath Morrison visited with CMS employees on first day of job. Photo: Kalie McMonagle.

New CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison Monday began his first day on the job with bus drivers and graphic designers. He also visited several schools with summer programs. It's part of his plan to get out of the office and into the schools to find out what they need.

Morrison made his first stop at 7 am.

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City Abandons Plan For Tax Hike, Infrastructure
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

City Abandons Plan For Tax Hike, Infrastructure Projects

Charlotte Observer: Mike Dunlap Is Bobcats' Choice
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer: Mike Dunlap Is Bobcats' Choice For Head Coach

St. John's interim head coach Mike Dunlap directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game won 81-59 by

St. John's interim head coach Mike Dunlap directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game won 81-59 by Kentucky in Lexington, KY., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. Photo: Charlotte Observer.

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Contraceptive Mandate Focus Of Protest
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Contraceptive Mandate Focus Of Protest

Protesters at the federal courthouse in Charlotte. Photo: Kalie McMonagle

Protesters at the federal courthouse in Charlotte. Photo: Kalie McMonagle

More than 100 people rallied at the federal courthouse in Charlotte Friday in protest of a mandate that requires employers' health plans to offer coverage for contraceptives. They argue that religious institutions should be exempt from the requirement.

The rally was one of many held across the country.

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Charlotte Considers Proposals For Carolina Theatre
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Considers Proposals For Carolina Theatre

Carolina Theater (1927), 226 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Carolina Theatre on N. Tryon St. photographed in 2008. Photo: lumierefl/Flickr

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Duke CEO Reassures Florida Regulators
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Duke CEO Reassures Florida Regulators

Duke CEO Jim Rogers again took questions from regulators today - this time in Florida, where the company now has a presence thanks to its merger with Progress Energy.

Compared to the tense grilling Jim Rogers took from North Carolina Utilities Commissioners last month, the Florida meeting was a breeze.

The difference is that North Carolina Utility regulators are actually investigating Duke Energy's merger with Progress.

Florida Public Service Commissioners just invited Rogers down to Tallahassee for a get-to-know-you chat.

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

Charlotte Observer: Mecklenburg Commissioners Cool To City, County Merger

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.

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CorneliusNews.net: Property Owners Give Consutants
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

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

Johnny Bustle

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)

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Duke Takes Back Rate-Break For Big Customers
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Duke Takes Back Rate-Break For Big Customers

Duke Energy is abandoning a plan hatched several months ago to give a one-year rate-cut to some of its biggest customers.

Duke Energy underestimated the allure of a bargain. It set aside $13 million to give some of its large industrial customers a boost in the form of a six percent rate reduction. The pilot program would last one year - and maybe longer if it was successful.

Then, like the gigantic lines that form outside the mall on Black Friday, demand quickly overwhelmed Duke.

Better just to call it off, says spokesman Jason Walls.

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