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)

 

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: State Budget On Fast Track; Panthers Respond To NFL Policy

On the next Charlotte Talks local news roundup…

Budget season is well underway. We’ve already discussed city and countybudget on Charlotte Talks. And now on Monday, the proposed state budget was released, and is on the fast track in the legislature.

The budget has many educational components. We’ll discuss teacher and principal pay… and the $200,000 set aside for a non-profit that gives money to classroom teachers- and why that’s turning heads.

We’ll discuss the status of the house bill that would allow area towns to create their own charters and budget talk that concerns the I-77 toll lanes under construction in Northern Mecklenburg.

We delve into the response of Carolina Panthers players to the new NFL Anthem Policy and about the conversation new Panthers’ owner David Tepper had with the team about the NFL owners meeting last week.

City Council has endorsed a plan to increase pay for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers. The city has cut ties with a developer who has not delivered on affordable housing near the light rail. And Cardinal Health is back in the news, as the former CEO files yet another lawsuit.

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

Guests:

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of Q City Metro 

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for the Charlotte Observer 

Nick OchsnerWBTV news reporter

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

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Panthers Sale, NC Teachers Protest, City Budget Gets Review

The Panthers have a new owner. Lawmakers, back in Raleigh for the first day of the short session, confront teachers from across the state as well as another group of demonstrators in Raleigh asking lawmakers to address poverty. And, Charlotte residents weigh in on the proposed city budget and possible tax increase.

A panel of reporters joins Mike Collins to expand on those and other stories.

Charlotte Talks News Roundup: Facebook Data, School Safety, CMS Segregation

The Facebook data scandal finds its way to North Carolina. Republican senator Thom Tillis used the company at the center of the uproar, Cambridge Analytica, to target voters, as did the state Republican Party.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox offers a glimpse at post-Parkland security measures, as state lawmakers begin examining school safety.

A new report labels CMS the most racially-segregated school system in North Carolina, and says income-based segregation in the district is up sharply.

Mike Collins leads a discussion on the week’s news with our reporters roundtable.

GUESTS

David Boraks, reporter, WFAE

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher, Q City Metro

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

Ann Doss Helms, education reporter, The Charlotte Observer 

Charlotte Talks: Local News Roundup Recaps 2017’s Top Stories

What DIDN’T happen in 2017?

Charlotte grappled with its highest murder count since the early 1990s. Police were at a loss for an explanation for the sharp increase, which disproportionately impacted the African-American community.

The city’s first African-American female mayor, Vi Lyles, took office after unseating incumbent Jennifer Roberts in the Democratic primary. Young newcomers were elected to form a majority on the City Council.

The national reckoning with sexual harassment found its way to the Carolina Panthers front office, leading to the swift downfall of owner Jerry Richardson.

House Bill 2, which put transgender rights in the national conversation, went by the wayside.

new school superintendent, Clayton Wilcox, took the helm at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as the dust settled on a controversial student assignment.

Mike Collins and the reporters who covered these and other stories put it all into perspective.

GUESTS

Tom Bullock, reporter, WFAE (@TomWFAE)

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher, Q City Metro (@glennburkins)

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

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

Charlotte Talks News Roundup

This week on the Friday News Roundup…

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools now has a new school board. We’ll go over the new leadership and find out how this board  may affect student assignment and education throughout the system.

Cardinal Innovations continues to make headlines after the state stepped in to remove its CEO and board after allegations of financial mismanagement. An update on the story.

Could City Council go back to televising its citizen comment sessions? We discuss what Council Member Braxton Winston is doing in support of that possible move.

Charlotteans near Park Road are upset about the closing of the Park Terrace Movie Theatre. Why the closure? What will happen next? We discuss what we know.

Light Rail is now 10 years old, and still growing. We take a look back at those first days of the Light Rail and why the opposition of public funding for the rail still exists.

We cover those stories and much more with Mike Collins and the roundup reporters on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Tom Bullock, reporter for WFAE

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for The Charlotte Observer

Mary C. Curtis, columnist at Roll Call and contributor at WCCB-TV