Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Panthers May Move HQ To SC; New Candidates For 9th District

The news in the 9th Congressional District continues as candidate filing opened this week in the 9th District’s new race. This comes after the State Election Board ordered a new election because evidence of election fraud was uncovered. We’ll discuss the latest on who is putting their name in the hat.

We’ll also give you an update of the ongoing investigation into the 9th District, including new details from search warrants released this week.

Carolina Panthers Owner David Tepper went across state lines to meet with Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina this week, and McMaster says the state will be working on legislation to help the team to move its corporate headquarters and practice fields to the state. What implications will this have for the future of the team and the stadium in Charlotte, and what is Charlotte’s response?

In addition to a possible move, the Panthers say that Bank of America Stadium is overvalued by as much as $485 million and the value should be cut.

A nationwide college admissions cheating scheme was made public this week when dozens of people were charged with fraud at universities around the country. North Carolina was not immune, as Wake Forest University’s volleyball coach appeared on the list of those in the case.

Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins and a panel of journalists cover those stories and much more on the Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Ely Portillo, reporter for the Charlotte Observer

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com and WCCB

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE

Steve Harrison, WFAE’s political reporter

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: BB&T and SunTrust Merge; No New Funds for Cross CLT Trail

Monday night’s City Council meeting brought with it suggestions on how to finish the Cross Charlotte Trail, which has come up $77 million short in funding, but the new plan left council members frustrated. We talk about the proposed solution and council member reactions.

BB&T and SunTrust Bank announced Thursday that the two banks would merge and move their new headquarters to Charlotte. What are the implications of this merger here and around the Southeast?

Charlotte City Council plans to vote next week on whether they’ll start the referendum process to extend their terms from two to four years. We discuss what council members said about the process.

United Way is experiencing budget problems, with plans to cut grants by 25 percent and cutting $1 million from its yearly budget. The reasons for the cuts go back several years.

Governor Cooper calls for the resignation of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam after a racist 1984 yearbook picture surfaced.

Guest host David Boraks from WFAE News and our roundtable of reporters discuss those and other stories.

Guests:

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for the Charlotte Observer

Glenn Burkins, founder and publisher of QCityMetro.com 

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com and WCCB

Steve HarrisonWFAE political reporter

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: E-Scooter Rules; Affordable Housing Funds; Flight 1549 Reunion

City Council OKs the new rules for scooters for now, but council members say revisions to the rules are likely in the future.

Financial institutions in the Queen City are putting up $70 million combined to aid in affordable housing initiatives to help with the $50 million Housing Trust Fund bond money. How far will that money get the city towards its affordable housing goals?

The number of people receiving federal paychecks is in the thousands in the Charlotte region, so as we reach nearly a month of the government shutdown, what is the effect locally, and what will be the long term impact here and around the country?

Charlotte was in the national spotlight on Tuesday celebrating the 10th anniversaryof the outcome of what could have been a major air disaster. The crew and passengers of the Charlotte-bound “Miracle on the Hudson” flight assembled in the Queen City for a major remembrance of that extraordinary emergency landing.

Those stories, an update on the 9th Congressional District probe and much more.

Guests:

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE

Joe BrunoWSOC-TV reporter

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com and WCCB

Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal 

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Voter ID Is Law In NC; 9th District Still Unresolved; I-77 Tolls

On this edition of the Local News Roundup:

The disputed election in the 9th Congressional district is a long way from being resolved. The new Congress takes office on Jan. 3 and the citizens in the 9th district will not have representation. How long could it go on? We’ll discuss the state election board’s plans for a hearing after the new year. We’ll also talk about what McCrae Dowless’ attorney said this week about proving her client’s innocence.

Voter ID is now law in North Carolina after the house overrode Governor Cooper’s veto. The move was followed immediately by lawsuits challenging the law.

The opening of the new Interstate 77 toll lanes is delayed again. I-77 Mobility Partners says that the section of the project that was slated to open by the end of 2018 will now be pushed back to the first quarter of 2019, with the full 26-mile project complete by summer.

Another jobs announcement for Charlotte this week, with more than 1,200 jobs headed our way in the expansion of financial tech company AvidXChange. What kinds of jobs will they offer and what’s the expected impact on the Queen City? We’ll explore.

City Council voted to approve new equipment for the CMPD SWAT team totaling over $500,000. We’ll talk about what equipment was picked and why some council members opposed the purchase.

Charlotteans are remembering Jim Rogers, the former CEO and Chair of Duke Energy, who died at the age of 71 this week. We discuss what some are saying about his legacy.

And with the Panthers’ Monday Night Football loss to the Saints this week, our post-season chances are just about zero. Cam Newton is sidelined for the rest of the season due to injury. What might this mean for Ron Rivera and others next season?

Guest host Erik Spanberg from the Charlotte Business Journal will go through those stories, and much more with our roundtable of reporters on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for theCharlotte Observer 

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com and WCCB

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE

Alex Olgin, reporter WFAE

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Live from 7th Street Market in Uptown

There’s more troubling news about election fraud in the 9th Congressional district.  Winter weather closes schools adding to days needed to be made up.  Another electric scooter company comes to town.  Will this finally prompt regulation?  Join us at 7th Street Market as Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters detail those and other stories.

Guests:

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for the Charlotte Observer

Nick OchsnerWBTV news reporter

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com and WCCB

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE

 

 

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Rae Carruth Released; Early Voting Numbers Up; Trump Visits CLT

On this edition of the Charlotte Talkslocal news roundup…

After nearly 2 decades behind bars for conspiracy to murder, former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth is a free man. We’ll talk about his release this past Monday.

Electric scooters are back in the news as city council decides against local regulation of the scooters to increase safety, and instead are waiting to see what the state legislature does about the issue.

President Trump is set to visit the Queen City on Friday- he’ll be at Bojangles’ Coliseum campaigning for Mark Harris. We’ll look ahead to that visit, which might bring traffic tie-ups to town.

And the Mega Millions finally had a winning ticket for the $1.6 billion prize, and it was sold in South Carolina.

Join host Mike Collins for those stories, an update on the suburban charter school conversation for area suburbs and much more with our roundtable of reporters on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Alex OlginWFAE Reporter

Erik Spanberg, senior staff writer for the Charlotte Business Journal 

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com and WCCB-TV

Joe Bruno, city/ county government reporter for WSOC-TV

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Hurricane Michael; Nikki Haley Resigns; Land Deals by Council

On this edition of the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup…

Just weeks after the Carolinas were pounded by Hurricane Florence, another major Hurricane—Michael—hit the region again. How did North and South Carolina brave the storm this time around? We’ll discuss.

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has resigned her post as Ambassador to the UN after less than two years in that position. In a joint press conference, the President praised her work and Haley said she’s not running against him in 2020.

There was plenty of action taken by the City Council this week, in approving land deals to help with Charlotte’s Affordable Housing goals, and disagreement among members of council about a contract to clean CATS facilities and whether the contractor will pay its workers a living wage. We’ll talk about those items as well as reaction to the discussion of whether council members should move to four year terms.

Speaking of pay, CMS bus drivers have gotten a raise, in an effort to draw more drivers to jobs with CMS, and to stop the bus driver shortage that the system is currently struggling to fix.

Former Charlotte Mayor and former Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has a new job in the transportation industry- he’s joined Lyft as their new Chief Policy Officer.

Mike Collins will go over those stories and much more with our roundtable of reporters on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Erik Spanberg, senior staff writer for the Charlotte Business Journal

Kirstin Garriss, government reporter for Spectrum News 

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com and WCCB

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: CMS Board vs. the Suburbs; NC Board of Elections Halts Ballots

On this edition of the local news roundup…

Redistricting is back in the news with a panel of federal judges ruling (again) that congressional districts in North Carolina are unconstitutional, having been drawn along partisan lines. Now, new districts need to be drawn quickly. Plus, the NC Board of Elections has halted preparation for ballots for the upcoming election. What will this mean for November?

School started for CMS this week, but the school board, rather than students, are making headlines- the CMS School Board passed a measure that blocks future school construction in area suburbs, after those suburbs have been authorized to create their own charter schools. We’ll hear what school board members said and responsefrom the communities.

Scooter safety concerns are mounting as rental scooter use is increasing in the Queen City and many of those using scooters aren’t doing so safely. We’ll talk about what city leaders are saying, including those predicting that these unsafe uses will eventually prove fatal.

President Trump visits the Queen City on Friday for a fundraiser for Republican Congressional candidates. While here, he’ll sign an executive order regarding retirement security.

South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham remembers John McCain and we remember former Observer writer Doug Robarchek.

Those topics and more with Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for the Charlotte Observer

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of Q City Metro

Mary C Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com and WCCB

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Teachers Struggle to Pass Licensing Exams; Panthers vs. Bills

On this edition of the local news roundup…

The start of the CMS school year is only a couple of weeks away, and there are hundreds of teacher vacancies in the system that need to be filled. That’s happening at the same time that many elementary teachers are failing to pass their licensing exams. Think you could pass the exam?

The apologies continue from Wells Fargo, who is now acknowledging an error that led hundreds of customers to foreclosure on their homes. We’ll give you the latest.

A judge has declined to rule on lawsuits regarding constitutional amendment questions appearing on ballots this fall in North Carolina- that’s as the deadline to finalize those ballots looms. Our reporters explain.

And the Panthers play Buffalo in pre-season football Thursday night. How do the Catslook?

Mike Collins will bring you those topics and more, along with our roundtable of reporters on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Alexandra OlginWFAE Reporter

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for the Charlotte Observer

Shawn Flynn, Managing Editor for Spectrum News 

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com and WCCB

Charlotte Talks News Roundup: Divided City Council Backs RNC, Local Reaction To Trump/Putin Meeting

The Charlotte City Council voted in favor of the bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention, but the narrow 6-5 vote came after strong comments by council members and citizens. We go through the debates, the vote and where our bid stands.

President Trump’s failure to back U.S. intelligence agencies during his press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki drew criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. We’ll talk through what our local lawmakers had to say.

One week after the CIAA announced that it’d be opening up its search for a tournament host city beginning in 2021 rather than staying in Charlotte, several cities have shown interest in hosting the tournament. We’ll talk about who has thrown their hat in the ring.

And CATS has revealed plans for new transit options, including an uptown tunnel.

GUESTS

David Boraks, WFAE reporter (@davidboraks)

Mary C. Curtis, Roll Call columnist (@mcurtisnc3)

Ann Doss Helms, The Charlotte Observer education reporter (@anndosshelms)

Erik Spanberg, Charlotte Business Journal  senior staff writer (@CBJSpanberg)