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Two More Years for Mayor McCrory

Nov 8, 2005

(11/08/05) It's a good thing Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory likes his job, because he's got a few more years in office. McCrory easily defeated Democrat challenger Craig Madans with 56 percent of the vote. This will be McCrory's sixth term in office. In other election news, voters rejected a multi-million dollar Charlotte Mecklenburg School bonds package, although they did approve one for Central Piedmont Community College. 

Myrick Discusses Clean Air Legislation

Nov 8, 2005

(11/08/05) The Environmental Protection Agency wants to change the way it measures air pollution from power plants. Opponents say the agency's proposed new rule would increase air pollution by allowing fossil fuel power plants to run longer. But Republican North Carolina Congresswoman Sue Myrick says it will all help the EPA reach their clean air goals more efficiently. From WFAE's Capitol Hill bureau, Terry Gildea has more.

Stuffed

Nov 7, 2005

(11/07/2005) One dictionary definition of the term "stuff" is: "A group or scattering of miscellaneous objects or articles." However you define "stuff" WFAE Commentator Caroline Castle Hicks is amazed by the sheer amount of it in our lives.

A Low Maintenance Halloween

Nov 3, 2005

(10/31/05) Some people can't wait until Halloween. After all, it's a time to binge on Kit Kats and play dress up. But WFAE commentator Kristin Sherman says she wishes the holiday weren't so high maintenance.

Geddings Resigns from Lottery Commission

Nov 2, 2005

(11/02/05) Charlotte marketing executive Kevin Geddings resigned Monday from the just formed North Carolina Lottery Commission. WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with Geddings about what led to his decision to resign. (note: interview was given prior to news of Geddings' company having received $24,000 from a potential lottery vendor)

Delta Departing Hickory

Nov 2, 2005

(11/02/05) Air travelers and city leaders in Hickory were dealt a blow recently when Delta announced it was pulling its service out of the Hickory Regional Airport. The company's initial plan was to pull out at the end of this month, but a technicality has extended the service to January. WFAE's Scott Graf spoke with Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright about the situation and the city's quest to line up another commercial carrier.

Charlotte Mayoral Preview

Nov 1, 2005

(11/01/05) Next week, Charlotte voters will go to the polls to, among other things, choose a mayor. Their options are clear: five-term incumbent and, very visible, Pat McCrory, or his challenger, Democrat Craig Madans. McCrory has defeated Madans in the past, but Madans is more confident than ever that he'll be able to unseat the Republican. It sets up a showdown that some say isn't much of a showdown at all. WFAE's Scott Graf reports.

Katrina's Continuing Impact

Oct 28, 2005

(10/28/05) The impact of Hurricane Katrina and other recent natural disasters continues to be felt in Charlotte. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with United Way of Central Carolinas' President Gloria Pace King for an update.

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.

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