WFAE Talks

News Director Greg Collard and reporters Lisa Worf and Tom Bullock discuss topics and people in the news. Consider it a behind-the-scenes discussion and analysis of some of the issues you hear addressed on WFAE.

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This edition of WFAE Talks has Sarah Delia, Lisa Worf, and Greg Collard in the studio. Sarah discusses her experiences in covering the reaction to video from South Carolina that showed an officer flip a student over in her chair and then dragging her. That officer has been fired. Also, they discuss some of the races up for grabs in Tuesday’s election.

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You wouldn't expect someone to be named chairman of a county's elections board when posting on social media statements such as:  “To hell with the Lesbos, Queers, Liberals and baby killers.” Or, “God Bless the Confederate States of America,"  -- and then noting it's been "illegally occupied" since 1865. Yet, this summer Malcolm "Mac" Butner became chairman of the Rowan County Board of Elections.

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The North Carolina General Assembly finally ended its session this week, but not before some lawmakers tried to sneak through  controversial legislation concerning the authority of local governments and charter school funding.

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Reporters Michael Tomsic and Duncan McFadyen join News Director Greg Collard on this episode of WFAE Talks.

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Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the politics surrounding a religious advertisement featuring Governor McCrory. The group responsible for the ad says it mistakenly mischaracterized the governor’s upcoming address to a religious gathering called The Response.  They also discuss early effects of the region’s drought, school grades, and graduation rates. Oh, and one more thing: It’s Ben’s last appearance on WFAE Talks.

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For the last month, WFAE's Gwendolyn Glenn has been covering jury selection and testimony in the Randall Kerrick trial. She joins Greg Collard and Lisa Worf to discuss the trial and offers some of her behind-the-scenes observations.

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In this episode, the trio of WFAE's Greg Collard, Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford discuss lawmakers' tardiness in approving a state budget and the uncertainty that's giving school districts. The Charlotte area finally meets a federal ozone standard, but probably not for long. Plus, we discuss our upcoming coverage of the Charlotte mayor's race and a package of candidate interviews that we're calling The 15th Floor.


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It's been a very busy week for WFAE's newsroom. The removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina's capitol grounds dominated our coverage, but there were other stories. Among them: Mecklenburg County commissioners deciding to leave a Confederate monument alone, and a jobs announcement that turned into a political rally of sorts for lawmakers to expand the economic development incentives program known as JDIG.

WFAE Talks, Episode 53

May 29, 2015
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Greg, Lisa and Ben talk Governor McCrory's vetoes of the "Ag-Gag" bill and legislation that lets magistrates opt out of performing same-sex marriages. Charlotte City Council will soon decide whether to pass a local civil rights ordinance. And,  a litte about our new series, Block by Block.

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WFAE's Tom Bullock sits in for both Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford. Tom and News Director Greg Collard discuss the city of Charlotte's $2.25 million settlement with the family of Jonathan Ferrell. He died in September 2013 after police officer Randall Kerrick shot him 10 times. The settlement comes about 2 months before Kerrick goes to trial (July 20) on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Greg and Tom also discuss budget decisions that will soon be made at the local and state levels, plus a legislative attempt to redraw some local election districts.

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