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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Nearly 400 years ago, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was prosecuted for suggesting that the earth was not, after all, the center of the universe. Today, scientists are facing a skepticism that is strikingly similar to 17th century Italy.


Mecklenburg County commissioners informally approved a budget Wednesday that holds the property tax rate steady. It gives Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools a $26 million increase, but withholds $11 million of that unless CMS pays hourly employees at least $15 an hour.

Watch Tosco Music Party founder John Tosco perform at noon on Thursday's installment of WFAE's Songversations.

The Gin Mill
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President Trump’s threat to move the Republican National Convention from Charlotte this August is stirring uncertainty among local businesses. Many are counting on the financial windfall that comes with having the tens of thousands of delegates and other visitors in town that week. 

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American Airlines told its employees Wednesday that it will reduce its management and support staff team by 30% because of the coronavirus pandemic.

SC Health Agency Leader Steps Down During Pandemic

May 27, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The leader of South Carolina's health agency announced Wednesday that he is stepping down after a health scare to spend more time with his family as the state continues to fight the coronavirus.

In Pandemic, Using Drones To Drop Medical Supplies From Sky

May 27, 2020
Courtesy Novant Health

With a loud whir and a whoosh, a fixed-wing drone slingshots out of a medical warehouse, zips through hazy skies at 80 mph, pops open a belly hatch and drops a box of medical supplies. Slowed by a little parachute, the box drifts downward and lands with a plop, less than 8 minutes after launch.

Bill Seeks Easier NC Ballot Access In Fall During Pandemic

May 27, 2020
Voting booths at Hermosa Beach City Hall during California Primary.

RALEIGH — North Carolina voters would have more options in requesting absentee ballots and officials would get funds to keep precincts cleaned and staffed, according to legislation advancing at the General Assembly to address COVID-19 challenges.

Head Of NC Unemployment Office Replaced By Ex-Legislator

May 27, 2020

RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper replaced the head of the state unemployment benefits office on Wednesday with a former legislator as the agency struggles to address an unprecedented onslaught of pandemic-related job loss claims.

Pandemic Causes Immunization Rates To Dip

May 27, 2020
CDC/ Judy Schmidt

From North Carolina Health News

When Kim Wilson got pregnant three years ago, she joined an online community group for expectant and new moms. Members shared advice and offered support with few disagreements, except when the discussion turned to immunizations.

Bertha Forms, Hits South Carolina Coast, Dissipates In A Day

May 27, 2020
National Hurricane Center

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tropical Storm Bertha surprised the South Carolina coast Wednesday, forming and making landfall within two hours, bringing a poor beach day of rain and gusty winds, but no major problems.

Statewide Special: 'Our Pandemic Summer'

May 27, 2020

Wednesday, May 27, 9 a.m.

As part of a look across North Carolina through the lens of the coronavirus pandemic and summer, Charlotte Talks' Mike Collins and WFAE political reporter and Inside Politics host Steve Harrison will discuss the status of this summer's scheduled RNC in Charlotte, which is up in the air due to COVID-19.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board unanimously approved a new 2020-21 calendar Tuesday that reopens schools Aug. 17. But board Chair Elyse Dashew says families and employees aren’t as concerned about when schools will reopen as how.

Greg Jackson
Heal Charlotte

When we talk about front line workers, we think about nurses, grocery store clerks and bus drivers. Among that bunch are others who keep their communities together. 

Marcus King was playing clubs around the Carolinas before he was old enough to drive.

Now, at 24, he leads the Marcus King Band, taking his blend of rock, blues, country and soul all over the world. And he’s got a new solo record called “El Dorado” that was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.

US Closes Probes Into 3 Senators Over Their Stock Trades; Burr Investigation Continues

May 26, 2020
Richard Burr
Sen. Richard Burr / Facebook

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has closed investigations into stock trading by Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, according to people familiar with notifications sent to the senators. The senators came under scrutiny for transactions made in the weeks before the coronavirus sent markets downhill.

Thomas Street Tavern
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North Carolina bars — their doors still shuttered by executive order — could serve patrons outdoors during the pandemic in legislation that cleared a Senate committee on Tuesday.

Brad Keselowski poses after winning the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday.
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NASCAR came back to the Queen City with its longest race, the Coca-Cola 600, at Charlotte Motor Speedway over the Memorial Day weekend. Meanwhile, in the NBA, there’s chatter about the league returning to play at a magical place. And locally, state officials have made some rulings on youth and high school sports. Will they or will they not return in the fall? Joining WFAE's "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to discuss these headlines and more is Langston Wertz Jr. a longtime sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer. 

Spectrum Center
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Updated 4 p.m.

The mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, and Georgia's governor tweeted on Tuesday that their states "would be honored" to host the Republican National Convention if it leaves Charlotte. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, meanwhile, said he's looking forward to "continued talks" about COVID-19 safety with RNC organizers after President Trump tweeted that the convention could be moved to another state.   

Flickr/Lisa Risager

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Many people are staying at home. Others have had to stop work. Most of us are separated to some degree from family, friends and co-workers. The changes we’re experiencing can cause anxiety and depression. Mental health experts share some tips on managing the stress of all this.

This show originally aired April 23, 2020.