Water Fees Rising In Charlotte

Aug 24, 2012

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.

North Charlotte Light Rail At Risk

Aug 24, 2012

Habitat To Build Uptown During DNC

Aug 24, 2012

Brenda Suits leads a small team doing prep-work for the Habitat house. Photo: Julie Rose Volunteers began work today on a Habitat for Humanity House that will be a focal point of the Labor Day festival kicking off the Democratic National Convention. The 3-bedroom home will be built to "green building standards" in a parking lot on Tryon Street where a number of community projects will be featured. Convention delegates will have the chance to help with construction, but most of the work will be done by volunteers from Bank of America.

Charlotte Observer: Romney, Democrats Feud Over Medicare

Aug 24, 2012

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves as he leaves a fundraiser at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. TODD SUMLIN Speaking in Charlotte on Wednesday, Republican Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of cutting Medicare - as each campaign charged the other with attempting to dismantle the federal health care program. The Medicare debate has raged since Romney named as his running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the architect of a plan that would dramatically change the system.

Slam Poets Take National Stage In Charlotte

Aug 24, 2012

City Council Unanimous On Eastland Mall Purchase

Aug 24, 2012

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. "But it'll be more than just a bunch of boxes there where people are shooting film in," said Autry.

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.

Mount Airy Remembers Andy Griffith

Aug 24, 2012

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