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Bond Referendum: For and Against

Oct 28, 2005

(10/28/05) Mecklenburg County voters will decide on November 8 whether to approve a $427 million school bond package. County voters have rejected just two bond referenda since 1966. But this is one of the larger amounts in recent years that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Scools is requesting. WFAE's Simone Orendain explores what's at stake for those who support it and those who oppose it.

Dealing with the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Oct 27, 2005

(10/27/05) Pam Daigle with the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the Red Cross has spent the last three weeks helping folks in New Orleans get back on their feet. She spoke with WFAE's Jaime Bedrin about her experiences on the Gulf Coast. Daigle described some of the biggest obstacles facing the Red Cross and Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans.

Code of Ethics for NC Lottery

Oct 27, 2005

(10/27/05) The new North Carolina State Lottery Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt a code of ethics. They're hoping the code will help quell a controversy that's been brewing since the commission started. Laura Leslie reports from the state capitol.

Dole Reacts to Miers' Decision to Pull Nomination

Oct 27, 2005

(10/27/05)Laura Strickler from our Capitol Hill Bureau caught up with North Carolina Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole in the Senate Halls. Strickler spoke with Dole about her ractions to Miers' withdrawal.

Bobcats Arena Grand Opening

Oct 20, 2005

(10/20/05) The Charlotte Bobcats Arena marks it's grand opening tomorrow when the Rolling Stones come to town. And this weekend the arena will be open to the public for tours. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin got in early and wanted to learn more about the building's state-of-the-art scoreboard. She caught up with Charlotte Bobcats Arena operatios manager Barry Silberman.

Get In the Car and Go?

Oct 10, 2005

(10/10/05) Do you ever wonder who all those people sharing the road with you are, and where they are going? WFAE commentator Gerry Soud thinks it's time to reconsider our natural tendency to get in the car and go.

Katrina's Pet Evacuees

Oct 6, 2005

(10/6/05) Katrina's four-legged refugees are starting to arrive in North Carolina. Local rescue groups are ready to welcome them, but they're worried about what it means for the animals here at home. Laura Leslie reports.

Mobile Hospital

Sep 30, 2005

(9/30/05) Medical teams from North Carolina continue to work out of a mobile hospital in Waveland, Mississippi. The hospital, based at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, is the only one of its kind in the nation. Rose Hoban of WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill reports.

Overcoming Hoarding

Sep 29, 2005

(9/29/05) Americans have a lot of junk. They buy stuff without giving much thought about where to store any of it. But for some people, the urge to shop and stockpile is overwhelming and can lead to the psychological condition known as hoarding. In this report, WFAE's Jaime Bedrin reflects on one local woman's struggle to stop hoarding.

Overcoming Hoarding

Sep 29, 2005

(9/29/05) Americans have a lot of junk. They buy stuff without giving much thought about where to store any of it. But for some people, the urge to shop and stockpile is overwhelming and can lead to the psychological condition known as hoarding. In this report, WFAE's Jaime Bedrin reflects on one local woman's struggle to stop hoarding.

Charlotte Primary Election Coverage

Sep 28, 2005

(09/28/05) No upsets in Tuesday's Charlotte city council primaries. Incumbents Patsy Kinsey, Warren Turner, Susan Burgess and Andy Dulin were all winners in their respective primaries. All but Burgess are assured a seat on the council since they'll run unopposed in the November general election. Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory was also a winner in yesterday's primary. He won by a 3-to-1 margin over challenger Martin Davis. McCrory moves on to face Democrat Craig Madans. If he wins in November, McCrory will serve a record sixth term in office.

NC Health Professionals Visit Mexico

Sep 27, 2005

(9/27/05) A group of North Carolina health professionals is headed to Mexico to observe that country's health care practices. During the last decade, North Carolina's Latino population has exploded, and that growth has affected local medical professionals who treat immigrant patients. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin spoke with Dr. Jane Neese of UNC Charlotte and asked her what she expects to gain from her trip to Mexico.

Ethanol Comes To Charlotte

Sep 19, 2005

(9/19/05) Gas prices continue to hover near $3-a-gallon. Hurricane Katrina highlighted potential supply problems. Our dependence on foreign oil continues to grow. With all the negatives involving gas right now, WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau examines a new alternative fuel that's made its way to Charlotte.

Northlake Mall Open For Business

Sep 15, 2005

(9/15/05) Residents of north Mecklenburg County have a new place to go shopping. Northlake Mall celebrates its grand opening today. The 1.1 million square foot mall is located at the intersection of Harris Blvd./Reames Road and I-77, ten miles north of center city. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin wanted to know what to expect from Northlake Mall. She caught up with Ashley Gibson, retail reporter for the Charlotte Business Journal.

Touchdown For Katrina Evacuees

Sep 14, 2005

(9/14/05) Several hundred Hurricane Katrina evacuees and Saints fans Sunday finally had something to cheer about. That's because they received free tickets and transportation to the Panthers-Saints game at Bank of America Stadium. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin tagged along for the bus ride. She brings us this report.

Gas Prices Boost Hybrid Interest

Sep 9, 2005

(9/9/05) The higher gasoline prices get, the higher the profile of the hybrid vehicle becomes. But are people ready to get out of their high consumption vehicles and try out these cars? From WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau, Simone Orendain looks at the pros and cons of the gas-electric hybrids.

(9/9/05) Among the thousands of people who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina are Gulf Coast college students. Across the country colleges are reaching out to students, offering them a place to continue their studies. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin spoke with Davidson College's acting Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Chris Gruber. She asked him how Davidson is responding to these students' needs.

Katrina's Evacuees in Charlotte

Sep 7, 2005

(9/7/05) Hundreds of evacuees seeking escape from the contaminated flood waters of New Orleans landed in Charlotte Monday. The Red Cross is providing a temporary shelter at the Coliseum for evacuees. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin spent Monday at the Charlotte Coliseum. She brings us this report.

Free Credit Reports For NC Consumers

Sep 2, 2005

(9/2/05) On September 1, North Carolina residents got access to a free credit report once every year at www.annualcreditreport.com. The program involves the country's three best known credit check companies - Experian, Equifax and Trans-Union. From WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau, Simone Orendain spoke with Experian spokesman Ron Griffin about the new program.

Katrina Evacuees Heading to NC

Sep 2, 2005

(9-4-05) Hundreds of Hurricane Katrina victims from the Gulf Coast region will be making a temporary home at the Charlotte Coliseum. Local officials on Saturday said they would house up to 500 storm refugees. Hundreds more were expected to receive shelter in Greensboro and Raleigh. Governor Mike Easley made an initial offer to accept 1000 evacuees in the three North Carolina cities. "We are going to do at least as much for American citizens as we do for the people of other nations", Easley said.

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