Ousted Progress CEO: Duke Had 'Buyer's Remorse'
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Ousted Progress CEO: Duke Had 'Buyer's Remorse' About Merger

Ousted CEO Bill Johnson says Duke Energy leaders had "buyer's remorse" about the merger with Progress Energy and that's what led to his abrupt firing.

Johnson gave state utility regulators a version of events that differed starkly from testimony given by Duke CEO Jim Rogers last week

Johnson got a new tie for his first day as CEO of the nation's largest utility company.

"My wife rarely buys me a new tie - this was a special day," Johnson told North Carolina Utilities Commissioners in a day-long hearing. "It ended in a way that was a surprise."

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CMPD: Crime Up 4 Percent This Year
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

CMPD: Crime Up 4 Percent This Year

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.

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New Slaughterhouse Cuts Costs
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

New Slaughterhouse Cuts Costs

A slaughterhouse opens Thursday evening in Cabarrus County. It's a big deal for many of the region's farmers.

Until now the closest slaughterhouse was a long haul. Many farmers had to take their cattle to either Alexander County or Gibonsville, east of Greensboro. That much travel cuts into the bottom line.

"It's a stress on the animal to transport, it's time, it's transportation money, it increases the cost of the commodity that you're going to turn around and sell to the consumer."

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Teacher Pay Raises At Stake In NC Budget Fight
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Teacher Pay Raises At Stake In NC Budget Fight

A 3-percent pay raise for CMS teachers is in question today. Governor Perdue vetoed a budget that would have made those raises possible saying lawmakers need to send even more funds to schools. Republican state lawmakers are at this hour attempting to override that veto. The action coincides with CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison's first day on the job.

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Loray Mill Project Gets Financing... Finally
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Loray Mill Project Gets Financing... Finally

The massive Loray Mill has been sitting vacant in Gastonia for nearly two decades, but that could be about to change. Camden Development Partners wants to build 190 loft apartments there along with space for shops. City officials announced Monday the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has committed to financing.

Jack Kiser with the City of Gastonia has high hopes for the Loray Mill.

"It is in an area that will have tremendous catalytic effect in turning around real estate and creating an opportunity for new investment," says Kiser.

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American Idol Sifts Charlotte Talent
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

American Idol Sifts Charlotte Talent

The day before American Idol's Charlotte auditions, these hopeful performers ready themselves outside the Time Warner Cable Arena. Video: Tanner Latham

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'Occupy' Protesters Acquitted
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

'Occupy' Protesters Acquitted

Jason Dow, Laura Brooks and Scottie Wingfield outside the Mecklenburg County Courthouse following their acquital. Photo: Julie

Jason Dow, Laura Brooks and Scottie Wingfield outside the Mecklenburg County Courthouse following their acquital. Photo: Julie Rose

Three Occupy Charlotte protesters were acquitted Thursday of charges they resisted arrest during a police eviction of their encampment at old City Hall in January.

Mecklenburg County Judge John Totten ruled that Laura Brooks, Scottie Wingfield and Jason Dow were not in violation of a city ordinance that prohibits camping on city property, because the tent they were arrested in was not being used for sleeping or storing personal belongings.

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The Week In Politics: Chicken, Polls, And
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

The Week In Politics: Chicken, Polls, And Smartphone Apps

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We heard a lot about chicken last week regarding the Chick-Fil-A and gay marriage.

So, in response to that controversy, Public Policy Polling conducted a poll on . . . chicken. The poll found that Chick-Fil-A is North Carolina's favorite fast-food chicken restaurant. It's preferred by 40 percent of voters. KFC is second at 23 percent, followed by Bojangles at 18 percent.

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Common Complaints Emerge From Revaluation Hearings
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Common Complaints Emerge From Revaluation Hearings

A private firm enlisted to investigate Mecklenburg County's 2011 property revaluation is nearing the end of a public hearing schedule.

Seventy-seven people attended a hearing in Matthews last week to sound-off on the county's revaluation process. A hearing in Cornelius drew 170 people and went for three hours. The next two meetings - on Beatties Ford Road last week and at the Government Center last night drew fewer than 20 people each.

But attendance numbers aside, audit manager Emmett Curl says the hearings are yielding a similar set of concerns.

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Morrison Shares Thoughts On Challenges Facing CMS
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Morrison Shares Thoughts On Challenges Facing CMS

Heath Morrison

Heath Morrison

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has had a new superintendent for a month now. Heath Morrison has been praised by parents, teachers, and even state lawmakers as superintendent of Washoe County Schools in Reno, Nevada. And so far, he hasn't had any naysayers in Charlotte. But most of what he's doing is listening at this point.

WFAE's Lisa Miller sat down with Morrison to discuss his impressions about CMS so far.

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