Friday News Roundup: WFAE ‘Charlotte Talks’

Major League Soccer executives were in Charlotte this week to take a look at the Queen City’s viability as a MLS expansion team. What did MLS President Mark Abbott say during the visit? And what was the response from elected officials, the business community and soccer enthusiasts? We find out.

The Carolina Panthers announced this week that General Manager Dave Gettleman has been fired after four seasons with the team, which included a trip to the Super Bowl. Former General Manager Marty Hurney may be named the interim GM- what will this mean for the Panthers’ season? We’ll discuss.

In Charlotte Election news, Democrat Joel Ford has filed for mayor on Tuesday. Braxton Winston filed for City Council, and two area mayors are not seeking re-election

And city council member Dimple Ajmera raised eyebrows, especially among local Republicans with her statement on a local television show that Republicans who support Donald Trump have no place on city council or in the mayor’s race.

Host Mike Collins and the roundup  reporters bring us up to speed on the week’s news on the Charlotte Talks Friday News Roundup.


Tom BullockWFAE reporter.

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for The Charlotte Observer.

Erik Spanberg, senior staff writer at the Charlotte Business Journal.

Mary C.Curtis, columnist at Roll Call and a contributor to other publications including WCCB News Rising and NBCBLK.

Charlotte Talks Friday News Roundup: CMS Superintendent Sworn In; Local Election Filings Begin

On this edition of the local news roundup, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools officially have a new superintendent- Clayton Wilcox was sworn in on Monday for his first full day on the job, after spending a few months observing. We’ll hear about his first week at the helm.

Charlotte’s homicide number has risen again, to 49 currently. In advance of WFAE’s public conversation next week,we’ll talk about the latest murders and reaction from police and community groups.

Charlotte’s election season is approaching (local filing period starts Friday), and so we’ll take a look at some of the stories developing in the races for Charlotte mayor, city council and Charlotte Mecklenburg School board.

In state politics, a look back at the legislative session that just concluded in Raleigh.

Nationally, North Carolina will submit public data to President Trump’s voter integrity panel, while South Carolina chooses not to cooperate. And former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley makes news internationally with her reaction to North Korea’s missile tests.

Host Mike Collins will discuss these stories and much more with our roundtable of reporters on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup:


Tom BullockWFAE reporter.

Nick Ochsner, reporter for WBTV News

Mary C.Curtis, columnist at Roll Call and a contributor to other publications including WCCB News Rising and NBCBLK.

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for The Charlotte Observer.

Charlotte Talks on WFAE

A gunman opens fire at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, wounding five people, including Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Republican whip. A witness to the shooting, Greensboro Congressman Mark Walker, saw the incident as  politically-motivated, saying the gunman “obviously planned to kill many Republican members.”

In a follow-up to last week’s hearing with former FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The committee chairman, North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, told Sessions he had an “opportunity to separate fact from fiction” about Russian involvement in last year’s election.

Charlotte’s City Council unanimously passed a $2.4 billion city budget that adds police officers, but doesn’t include a property tax increase. And Mecklenburg County commissioners took a straw vote on Monday night, signaling approval of the county’s $1.7 billion budget plan, but decided to delay a decision on county funds for a possible Major League Soccer stadium.

As the number of homicides in Charlotte continues to grow, crime and public safety are becoming top issues in the city’s mayor’s race as Republican Kenny Smith blamed incumbent Democrat Jennifer Roberts for the city’s crime.

Mike Collins and our panel of reporters analyze the week’s top local stories on the Local News Roundup.


Tom Bullock, reporter, WFAE (@TomWFAE)

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher, (@glennburkins)

Mary C. Curtis, columnist, Roll Call; contributor, WCCB News Rising (@mcurtisnc3)

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

Local News Roundup: Reaction to Comey Firing, Parents Weigh In on CMS Map, Crime on the Rise

Carolina senators react to the firing of the FBI director. Charlotte-Mecklenburg parents give the school board feedback on the student assignment plan. Violent crime figures are on the rise. Mike Collins and our reporter roundtable discuss the week’s news.

Friday News Roundup: New CMS Boundary Proposal; Bank Shareholder Meetings; Dale Jr. Retires

On the local news roundup: new school boundaries for CMS.  Different atmospheres at the annual Bank of America and Wells Fargo shareholder meetings. Craft brewers stymied in their efforts to grow, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. turns in the keys. Host Mike Collins and the roundup reporters cover those stories and much more.

WFAE Friday News Roundup: NCAA and ACC Bring Championships Back, and more

On the local news roundup, the NCAA brings championship games back to the state but not to Charlotte.  The ACC is more generous.  And another lawsuit connected to Wells Fargo’s sales practices.  Mike Collins and the roundup reporters cover those stories and more.

‘Charlotte Talks’ News Roundup

This week on the Friday News Roundup: Former Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones loses his battle with cancer. Charlotte immigrants are nervous in the face of ICE arrests.  Governor Cooper strikes out with his HB2 compromise. Mike Collins and area journalists discuss those stories and more.

“Charlotte Talks”: Friday News Round Up

This week, the Charlotte City Council and County Commission both considered spending on a Major League Soccer stadium- with very different results.  Former Governor Pat McCrory is heckled in Washington D.C. and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley is headed to New York.  Host Mike Collins and our panel of reporters tackle those stories and more on the Charlotte Talks local news round up.

The Obama Legacy As the Trump Era Nears

As Barack Obama moves out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Mike Collins and guests look at his legacy and how the hope he ushered in can stand up to the change that’s about to happen.

Special Friday News Roundup, with ‘On Point’ host Tom Ashbrook

On a special edition of our local news roundup, On Point’s Tom Ashbrook joins Mike Collins from the stage of the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square in Charlotte to talk about the thrust of his show and share the spotlight with our round table of reporters.