Charlotte Talks Friday News Roundup: Anniversary of Scott Shooting, No Prayer at City Council

Remembrances were in large supply this week for the anniversary of the shooting of Keith Scott that happened this week in 2016.

The Charlotte Citizens Review Board gave recommendations on policy for the department following its split decision last month on whether CMPD officer Brentley Vinson should have been disciplined in Keith Scott’s death. Chief Kerr Putney responded to those recommendations last week and we’ll go over a few of them.

The Police Foundation also released their recommendations this week. We’ll go through thoseas we wrap up a week of reflection about last year’s shooting and the protests that followed.

Monday’s City Council meeting opened without a prayer, which has been a longtime tradition for the council. Mayor Jennifer Roberts announced at the time that city attorney Bob Hageman had made the recommendations, but later, Hageman said there may have been some confusion between he and the mayor on this point. We’ll talk about what unfolded there.

Because of the national (and local) debate over Civil War Memorials, Historic Brattonsville has decided to cancel a planned Civil War Re-enactment for next month, citing that there were actually no Civil War battles at this site and because of a concern for visitor safety due to the political climate.

And just after we got through Hurricane Irma, Maria is on her way. We’ll talk about the current path of the latest hurricane, which is headed north after being destructive in Puerto Rico.

Those stories and much more with Mike Collins and local reporters on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.


David  BoraksWFAE Reporter.

Katie Peralta, Reporter for The Charlotte Observer.

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of

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

Charlotte Talks Friday News Roundup: Eclipse Recap; Mayoral Debate; Confederate Monuments In NC

We all turned our eyes (protected, of course) to the skies to watch the solar eclipse on Monday. We’ll talk about local reaction to what we saw, especially in the prime viewing areas.

Most of Charlotte’s candidates for mayor participated in a Tuesday night debate—we’ll break down where they came down on issues like the I-77 tolls, and more.

Redistricting is in the news once again as new legislative district maps are released around the state to comply with a Supreme Court order that found that many North Carolina legislative districts were illegal racial gerrymanders. We’ll get a reaction from around the state.

Following the clash in Charlottesville, events continued around the nation, and here in Charlotte and around the state organized by a variety of different groups. In addition to those events, the president continued to defend his initial comments on the violence that happened in Charlottesville when he attended a rally in Phoenix.

And Wells Fargo employees in Charlotte and elsewhere are bracing for more negative headlines amid the account scandal review- we’ll update you on that.


Tom BullockWFAE reporter.

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

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

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for The Charlotte Observer.

Charlotte Talks Friday News Roundup: PGA Championship in Charlotte; Citizens Review Board

This week on the Friday News Roundup…

The PGA has been here all week– officials have praised Quail Hollow and the red carpet treatment Charlotte has given the Championship. Despite the rain, we’re rumored to be getting good grades from PGA leadership as a host city.

This week, the Citizens Review Board looked in on CMPD’s internal exoneration of the officer who shot Keith Lamont Scott nearly a year ago, spending days of testimony behind closed doors.

The budget has been approved for CMS with teacher and principal salary raises topping the list of highlights. What did and didn’t make it into this year’s plan?

Governor Cooper was in town this week to announce the expansion of Allstate Insurance Company to Charlotte, which will bring 2250 jobs to the Queen City.

Mike Collins and our panel of Roundup Reporters fill us in on those stories and the rest of the week’s top local stories.


Tom Bullock, WFAE Reporter.

Katie Peralta, 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.

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.