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Jim Black Speaks with WFAE

Feb 8, 2006

(2/8/06) Embattled North Carolina House Speaker Jim Black recently sat down for an interview with WFAE's Scott Graf. The following are excerpts from that conversation. Hear Black discussing his thoughts on: The video poker industry and the new state lottery. Listen Accepting money from the video poker industry. Listen On a new law requiring eye tests for North Carolina children before they enter kindergarten. Listen On his former political aide Meredith Norris. Listen On recent media coverage. Listen On how media coverage is affecting state politics. Listen

media

Feb 8, 2006

On the media's coverage of his current situation.

The Jim Black Factor

Feb 8, 2006

(2/8/06) This week in Raleigh, the North Carolina Board of Elections will begin a hearing into campaign finances, including those of Democratic House Speaker Jim Black. A federal grand jury investigation has also involved Black's office. The speaker, nor anyone else, is facing any charges, but how the situation plays out could have far-reaching effects on state and local politics. WFAE's Scott Graf reports.

Norris

Feb 8, 2006

On his former political aide Meredith Norris.

eye tests

Feb 8, 2006

On a new law requiring eye tests for North Carolina children before they enter kindergarten.

Negative

Feb 8, 2006

On the impact of recent media coverage of state politics.

Poker

Feb 8, 2006

Accepting money from the video poker industry.

media

Feb 8, 2006

On the media's coverage of his current situation.

Norris

Feb 8, 2006

On his former political aide Meredith Norris.

eye tests

Feb 8, 2006

On a new law requiring eye tests for North Carolina children before they enter kindergarten.

Poker

Feb 8, 2006

Accepting money from the video poker industry.

Moving Day

Feb 7, 2006

(2/7/06) It's just over five months since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and dispersed New Orleans residents across the country in search of shelter. Some of those evacuees have been making their homes in Charlotte. WFAE's Simone Orendain introduces us to one evacuee who just moved into an apartment in east Charlotte.

Moving Day

Feb 7, 2006

(2/7/06) It's just over five months since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and dispersed New Orleans residents across the country in search of shelter. Some of those evacuees have been making their homes in Charlotte. WFAE's Simone Orendain introduces us to one evacuee who just moved into an apartment in east Charlotte.

Moving Day

Feb 7, 2006

(2/7/06) It's just over five months since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and dispersed New Orleans residents across the country in search of shelter. Some of those evacuees have been making their homes in Charlotte. WFAE's Simone Orendain introduces us to one evacuee who just moved into an apartment in east Charlotte.

Flu Season Outlook

Feb 3, 2006

(2/3/06) Flu season typically begins to peak in February. Mecklenburg County Health officials are hoping the virus won't spread too far this year. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with the county's Medical Director, Dr. Stephen Keener.

Welcome Home Garibaldi!

Feb 1, 2006

(2/1/06) An eagle that escaped its aviary last summer is now back at Carolina Raptor Center. How did Garibaldi return to the facility? WFAE's Jaime Bedrin turned to Jill Swain with the raptor center for more information on the eagle's journey home.

Grandfather Mountain's Unique Weather

Jan 31, 2006

(1/31/06) Last week, winds at Grandfather Mountain near Boone were clocked at more than 200-miles-per-hour. How high the winds actually got isn't known, because the equipment used to record that information only registers up to 200-miles-an-hour. To find out more about the very unique weather situation and its effects on the privately-owned tourist attraction, WFAE's Scott Graf spoke with its vice president, Harris Prevost.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

Jan 30, 2006

(1/30/06) The Charlotte Department of Transportation wants to make the Queen City easier to navigate by foot and bike. City leaders are looking to the public for suggestions. Transportation officials are also getting advice from walking expert Mark Fenton, host of the PBS show America's Walking. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin attended Tuesday's connectivity workshop and brings us this report.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

Jan 30, 2006

(1/30/06) The Charlotte Department of Transportation wants to make the Queen City easier to navigate by foot and bike. City leaders are looking to the public for suggestions. Transportation officials are also getting advice from walking expert Mark Fenton, host of the PBS show America's Walking. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin attended Tuesday's connectivity workshop and brings us this report.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

Jan 30, 2006

(1/30/06) The Charlotte Department of Transportation wants to make the Queen City easier to navigate by foot and bike. City leaders are looking to the public for suggestions. Transportation officials are also getting advice from walking expert Mark Fenton, host of the PBS show America's Walking. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin attended Tuesday's connectivity workshop and brings us this report.

Sorting Out Ethnic Confusion

Jan 27, 2006

(1-27-06) In today's ethnically-diverse America, trying to figure out "who's who" can be confusing. WFAE commentator Gerry Soud has some firsthand experience.

Let's Get Movin'

Jan 24, 2006

A Winner in Coliseum Bidding War

Jan 23, 2006

(01/23/06) There's a winner in the bidding for the Charlotte Coliseum. A deadline passed this morning with no additional upset bids on the 154-acre site in West Charlotte. City Council members tonight are expected to approve the $23,000,000 sale to Pope and Land, Inc. The Atlanta firm plans a mixed-use development of homes, offices and retail.

Panther Pep?

Jan 20, 2006

(1/20/06) Sunday the Carolina Panthers take on the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC title. It's the team's third conference championship game in franchise history. The last time the Panthers were this deep in the playoffs Charlotte fans and city leaders noisily embraced the team. But this year, the team and the city are taking a more conservative approach. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin has this report.

Charter Schools Seek Lottery Money

Jan 19, 2006

(1/19/06) The charter school lobby group, North Carolina Students for Equitable Lottery Funding held concurrent news conferences yesterday seeking a piece of the state's lottery revenues. WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with Todd Havican who's a member of the executive committee of NC SELF.

NC Small Businesses Feel Gas Tax Crunch

Jan 18, 2006

(1/13/06) North Carolina's increased gas tax has been in place for nearly two weeks and the state's small businesses aren't happy about it. From WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau, Siomone Orendain spoke with Gregg Thompson who is a statehouse lobbyist with the National Federation of Independent Business.

Avoiding the Little White Lie

Jan 17, 2006

(1/17/06) For many people, telling the truth one-hundred-percent of the time is tougher than it seems. Even those with the best intentions sometimes get caught in a little white lie. And for them, WFAE commentator Tom Pfahlert has some advice.

Hickory Regional Airport Update

Jan 13, 2006

(1/13/06) On January 22nd, Delta Airlines is scheduled to make its final flight out of the Hickory Regional Airport. The airline set-up shop in the Uni-Four last spring to much fanfare from city leaders. But the ventrue soon fizzled and now those same city leaders are looking for a carrier to replace Delta. To find out how that search is going, WFAE's Scott Graf spoke with Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright.

Task Force Gets Feedback

Jan 12, 2006

(1/12/06) The task force on improving Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools concluded its first round of public forum meetings Wednesday night in Matthews - where a year ago, the community was calling for deconsolidating the system.

CMPD's New Robbery Task Force

Jan 11, 2006

(1/11/06) The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department recently launched a new task force to help curb street crimes. One reason for the new unit? Robberies were up more than 30-percent last year. To learn more about the task force, WFAE's Jaime Bedrin spoke with Deputy Chief K.D. Williams.

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