Local Reaction To The Health Care Act
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Local Reaction To The Health Care Act

Leslie Boyd of Asheville carries a picture of her son Mike Danforth. She says Danforth could not obtain health insurance because

As expected, there were a variety of reactions yesterday in the state to the health care decision.

WFAE's Tanner Latham surveyed the different perspectives in this report.

A rally to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision on Obama's health care law was held Thursday at Gaffney Health Services on Albemarle Road in east Charlotte.

Here's a sampling of those reactions:

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NC Budget Includes Money For Light Rail, Not For
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NC Budget Includes Money For Light Rail, Not For Garden Parkway

North Carolina lawmakers have passed a budget that includes money for light rail from Uptown Charlotte to the University area. But it doesn't set aside any money for the proposed Garden Parkway toll road.
Twenty-five million dollars for the light rail made it into this year's budget. Like last year it was a close call. The House wanted it and the Senate did not.
The Federal Transit Administration has said it's likely the agency will pay for half of the project. But the state has to pitch in a quarter of the line's $1.16 billion cost.

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No Budget Consensus Yet For Charlotte Council
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

No Budget Consensus Yet For Charlotte Council

The Charlotte City Council is still unable to agree on a budget or property tax increase for next year.

Nine of the city's eleven council members met for two hours Thursday afternoon to discuss alternatives to the 8 percent property tax increase which unexpectedly failed in a 6 to 5 vote Monday night.

They found no consensus, but several council members are interested in limiting the tax rate hike to 2.44 cents for every $100 in assessed value. That's the exact amount Mecklenburg County cut its tax rate.

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Panel Says Community Needs To Tackle Education
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Panel Says Community Needs To Tackle Education Problems Together

A school superintendent, a school board chairman and a former governor sat down to talk education last night as part of the build up to the DNC. They didn't solve any problems, but they discussed challenges facing North Carolina students and suggested ways to overcome them.

The challenges include fifth graders who can't read, teenagers who drop out, parents who don't check up on their kids, and teachers who don't get the support they need.

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CMS Board Frustrated Reform Hasn't Lived Up To
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

CMS Board Frustrated Reform Hasn't Lived Up To Expectation

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has been trying to get its best teachers and principals in the most struggling schools through an initiative called strategic staffing. The schools have made big gains, but they're still far from where the district expected them to be at this point. Several school board members voiced frustration about that at Wednesday night's meeting.

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

Charlotte Observer: Former Mecklenburg Commissioner Dan Ramirez Facing Lou Gehrig's Disease

Former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Dan Ramirez has raised lots of money for political races. But the fundraiser he's promoting now is in a different league.
"I am running the 'Ultimate Race of My Life,' " Ramirez writes in his invitation to an Aug.28 benefit for the Joe Martin ALS Foundation.
Ramirez, 65, is using the event to disclose publicly that he was diagnosed in February with ALS - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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NC Athletes In London
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NC Athletes In London

As of this afternoon, the U.S. is second in the Olympic medals ranking, right behind China. But how is North Carolina doing in the Olympics?

WFAE's Kalie McMonagle joined Mark Rumsey in the studio with the answer.

RUMSEY: Kalie, Charlotte is home to a professional swimming team - SwimMAC - and I know several of those swimmers are in London. How have they done?

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Refugees Build Field Of Dreams
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Refugees Build Field Of Dreams

Notches in tree logs and minimal bolts support the longhouse constructed like Lincoln Logs. Photo: Kalie McMonagle

Notches in tree logs and minimal bolts support the longhouse constructed like Lincoln Logs. Photo: Kalie McMonagle

During the Vietnam War, American forces were aided by ethnic Christian minorities called Montagnards. The Montagnards paid a price for their support.

After the war, Montagnards in Vietnam were forced to denounce their faith. Those who didn't were arrested and, in some cases, crucified.

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One-on-One With Ashley Judd
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

One-on-One With Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd. Photo: Tanner Latham

Ashley Judd and her dog Buttermilk. Photo: Tanner Latham.

Actress Ashley Judd was in Charlotte Sunday to stump for President Obama. She spoke at an event aimed at bolstering the female vote. And she sat down with WFAE's Tanner Latham to talk about her status as a celebrity, her role as a delegate for the upcoming DNC, and the influence her grandmother had in helping raise her and as a political activist.

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BofA Earnings Up
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

BofA Earnings Up

Bank of America says it made $2.5 billion - or 19 cents a share - during the second quarter this year. That's a significant improvement from the same quarter last year when the bank reported a loss of more than $8 billion that was due mostly to mortgage-related charges.
During a conference call with analysts this morning, CEO Brian Moynihan said the bank is focusing on four main areas this year:

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