Water Fees Rising In Charlotte
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Water Fees Rising In Charlotte

Higher utility fees take effect Sunday for Charlotte residents, with a storm water fee increase following short on its heels.

Take that long shower and water the lawn today, because it'll cost more come Sunday.

Residential water rates are going up 11 percent. The set monthly fee implemented last year to give the utility department a more stable revenue stream is also going up. All told, the average household will pay $3.30 more per month for water and sewer.

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Charlotte Observer- To Split Or Not: N.C. Law
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Observer- To Split Or Not: N.C. Law Gives Twins' Parents Power

Sharon Thorsland along with her twins, Sena Everett and Gunnar Everett, both 6-years old. T.Ortega Gaines

Sharon Thorsland along with her twins, Sena Everett and Gunnar Everett, both 6-years old. Photo: T.Ortega Gaines

Amid the hullabaloo over education laws in Raleigh, one school bill slipped by almost unnoticed.

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Calls To NC Smoking Hotline Surge
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Calls To NC Smoking Hotline Surge

The state-run Quitline for North Carolina smokers has had a blockbuster year thus far and currently leads the nation in call volume. So far nearly 37,000 people have called the hotline for free guidance. That's twice as many as called during the first six months of 2011.

Ann Staples with the North Carolina Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch attributes the boost to a lucky coincidence. During the first few months of this year, the state offered free nicotine replacement patches, lozenges and gum to Quitline callers, says Staples.

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In Studio With Matisyahu
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

In Studio With Matisyahu

Listen to full interview below.

Matisyahu was born Matthew Miller. He was inspired to embrace the strict Lubavitch Hassidic sect of Judaism in part by references to the Old Testament in Reggae music. While in Charlotte for a performance, Matisyahu spoke to WFAE's Marshall Terry about trying to channel the power of prayer into his music, shaving his Hassidic beard, and motorcycle excursions into the country while on tour.

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Charlotte Babies Get Live Theater Just For Them
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Charlotte Babies Get Live Theater Just For Them

Children watching "Psshh" at Children's Theatre. Photo: Julie Rose

Children watching "Psshh" at Children's Theatre. Photo: Julie Rose

Children's Theatre of Charlotte has long offered plays for teens, "tweens" and kindergarteners, but until now, the "under-three" set had to sit out live theater.

There's a reason parents are typically encouraged to leave the littlest ones at home, says Andrea Bruno. Her son Liam is two-and-a-half.

"Yeah, at his age, it's kinda tough, I mean they're very active," says Bruno, with a chuckle. "They don't want to sit still. So, yeah. Sometimes it's not always a good idea."

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Some Business Owners Concerned About Potential US
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Some Business Owners Concerned About Potential US Airways Merger

Some Charlotte hotel and restaurant managers aren't as thrilled as local officials about a possible merger between US Airways and American Airlines. They're worried it will mean fewer customers. A group of them has sent a letter to the mayor and city council addressing their concerns.

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Food Truck Boom Or Bust? Depends On What You Serve
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Food Truck Boom Or Bust? Depends On What You Serve

Food trucks gather in areas of Charlotte on weekends. Photo: Julie Rose

Food trucks gather in areas of Charlotte on weekends. Photo: Julie Rose

It's become cool to eat from a truck in Charlotte.

More than 30 mobile kitchens serving gourmet fare have sprung up here recently and they've been welcomed warmly by city and neighborhood leaders - unlike the chilly reception Charlotte's original food trucks faced.

These new mobile chefs in Charlotte talk like battle-scarred road warriors with stories of setting up in empty lots, hoping people would come.

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End Of Full Access To Charlotte Observer Online
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

End Of Full Access To Charlotte Observer Online For Free

There will no longer be free unlimited access to the Charlotte Observer's online edition starting later this year. In a call with analysts, the company that owns the Observer says it will install pay-walls before the year is over.

McClatchy Newspapers didn't exactly how much they'll start charging for access to Charlotte Observer.com. But the company did talk about a new combined digital and print subscription package it will offer and what it will include.

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City Council Unanimous On Eastland Mall Purchase
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

City Council Unanimous On Eastland Mall Purchase

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Eastland Mall. Photo: Iwasteela/Flickr

Charlotte residents will soon be the proud owners of their very own deserted shopping mall.

Last night the City Council voted unanimously to acquire Eastland Mall for $13 million. An audience of film industry workers and east-side neighborhood leaders gave the vote a standing ovation.

Councilman John Autry says movie production companies have expressed serious interest in building soundstages on the 80-acre site.

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Myers Park Takes Queens To Court Over Expansion
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Myers Park Takes Queens To Court Over Expansion

The new red brick parking garage topped with two floors of student housing sits beyond the athletic center seen in the

The new red brick parking garage topped with two floors of student housing sits beyond the athletic center now under construction. Photo: Julie Rose

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