Lisa Worf

Assistant News Director

Lisa Worf traded the Midwest for Charlotte in 2006 to take a job at WFAE. She worked with public TV in Detroit and taught English in Austria before making her way to radio. Lisa graduated from University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English. She covers several different areas with a focus on education. 

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A bill that would have outlawed nearly all abortions in South Carolina is no longer on the table.

The State newspaper reports early this morning Senate Republicans decided to send it back to a committee – killing it for the year. That was after a vote to end a filibuster by Democrats failed by one vote.

Sen. Thom Tillis spoke during debate on the budget agreement Thursday.

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis took to the Senate floor today to call out the Turkish government for imprisoning a pastor originally from North Carolina.

Charlotte City Councilor LaWana Mayfield pushed a Sept. 11 conspiracy theory on her Facebook page.

Charlotte city council member Lawana Mayfield says she made a mistake sharing a Facebook post that suggested September 11 was a conspiracy. But she didn’t definitively say whether she believes planes hijacked by terrorists brought down the World Trade Center.

Charlotte City Councilor LaWana Mayfield pushed a Sept. 11 conspiracy theory on her Facebook page.

City Council member Lawana Mayfield suggested on Facebook that 9/11 was a conspiracy and she linked to an article pushing 9/11 conspiracy theories.


Educational attainment is increasing, but in large part because of people who have moved to the region, according to the 2018 State of the South report. 

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One of North Carolina’s largest and most troubled prisons, Lanesboro Correctional Institution, will be turned into a prison for women in an effort to improve safety and security. Two prisons in Montgomery and Greene counties that currently hold women will be converted to maximum security prisons for men. 

One of the class's 30 recruits accepts his law enforcement certificate.
Lisa Worf / WFAE

CMPD added 30 new officers to its ranks Friday. They’re a highly sought after bunch since applications to CMPD and police departments across the country have dropped significantly.

The recruits took their oaths, following six months of training.

“You shall support this community in ways they can’t even understand right now,” Chief Kerr Putney told them. 

Lawana Mayfield was one of several city council members who expressed reservations about bringing back red light cameras.
Lisa Worf / WFAE

Red light cameras are still on the table, although several Charlotte city council members expressed reservations last night about bringing back the program.

Mecklenburg District Attorney's Office

The officers who shot and killed Jonathan Bennett during an ambush at CMPD headquarters in January have been cleared by the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's office.

Charlotte School of Law
Davie Hinshaw / The Charlotte Observer

Nearly 300 former Charlotte School of Law students are now eligible to have their federal loans forgiven. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says that includes former students who withdrew on or after December 31, 2016.