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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Many Mecklenburg County functions have come to a halt after a ransomware attack encrypted files on at least 30 county servers. The hackers have given the county a deadline of 1 pm Wednesday to pay a ransom of about $23,000.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The expert who federal judges asked to redraw some North Carolina House and Senate district lines rejects Republican arguments that he set race-based population targets within new boundaries, saying he focused on other redistricting criteria instead.

Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

Bojangles' chicken and biscuits may soon be making their debut in the Midwest. The Charlotte-based company is looking for franchise owners to open restaurants in Cincinnati, Ohio and Evansville, Indiana. The company also plans to add to its locations in Louisville, Kentucky.

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A third of CMS school board members will be new next year, but it’s unlikely that’ll mean much of a change in the board’s direction. 

Houses of worship are known as welcoming places, but the recent mass shooting at a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church is a reminder to many that they also need to protect themselves.

U.S. Army

A military judge is deciding how severe a sentence to give U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl pleaded guilty last week to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. 

A former fire investigator who brought a retaliation lawsuit against the City of Charlotte will receive $1.1 million as part of a settlement. In May, a jury found the city retaliated against Crystal Eschert for raising safety concerns. City officials said Eschert was fired over a Facebook post they found offensive and inflammatory. She was awarded $1.5 million. The city appealed and Eschert pushed to triple the damages. City Attorney Bob Hagemann says the city council decided it was, "best to end the dispute and move on." 

Higher Education Works Foundation

How to make higher education more accessible and affordable makes for some heated debate. UNC President Margaret Spellings and her counterpart in the community college system joined the House Speaker in Charlotte last week to discuss that. There was a lot of agreement on stage, but among North Carolina policy makers the topic has come with some tension. 

Higher Education Works Foundaiton

UNC System President Margaret Spellings and her community college counterpart shared a stage in Charlotte last night with House Speaker Tim Moore. They fielded questions about how to make higher education more affordable and accessible. 

Lisa Worf / WFAE

CMS will soon receive its first private donation to fund the district’s cultural proficiency initiative. CMS started the program last summer and so far most of the district’s principals and a quarter of teachers have enrolled.