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Memories of Iowa Winters

Dec 20, 2005

(12/19/05) Charlotte's ice rink may not be as glamorous as the one at Rockefeller Center but it still works like a charm. WFAE commentator Jen Collins recently enjoyed a skate and says it reminded her of childhood winters.

Duke Power Names New President

Dec 20, 2005

(12/20/05) Duke Power Monday announced Group Vice President Ellen Ruff would head its new company once a pending merger is completed with Cinergy Corp. WFAE's Simone Orendain talked with Ruff.

Bidding For The Coliseum

Dec 20, 2005

(12/20/05) The bidding process for a high-profile piece of Charlotte real estate has been off-and-on in recent weeks. From WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau, Scott Graf examines the game that's paused for now, but could soon heat up after the first of the year.

Trends in Senior Care

Dec 16, 2005

(12/16/05) More adult children are honoring their parents wishes to live independently at home, forgoing nursing homes and long-term care facilities. More options in stay-at-home care mean easier decisions for adult children and their aging parents. From the Carolinas Business Bureau, WFAE's Jaime Bedrin reports.

Higher Cost of Heating

Dec 13, 2005

(12/13/05) Beginning this week, Charlotte's chief natural gas supplier will be sending residents their first heating bills since colder weather set in several weeks ago. Piedmont Natural Gas and other suppliers are passing along higher costs they're experiencing to customers. WFAE's Scott Graf spoke with Piedmont spokesperson David Trusty about the situation.

On Disaster-planning It's Local vs. Federal

Dec 12, 2005

(12/12/05) Mayors of cities devastated by natural disasters brought a mixture of blame and partial solutions to a panel discussion on disaster preparedness at the National League of Cities conference in Charlotte Friday. WFAE's Simone Orendain reports.

Cuts Could Affect Charities

Dec 12, 2005

(12/12/05) Faith-based and community organizations traditionally increase their efforts to help the poor over the holiday season. But Congress is considering cuts to Medicaid, food stamps and other social welfare programs that could make it more difficult for Charlotte-area charities in the future. From Capitol Hill, Terry Gildea reports.

Scents of the Season

Dec 9, 2005

(12/9/05) Ever wonder why cooks use cinnamon during the holiday season? WFAE commentator and food enthusiast Amy Rogers says it took some detective work to find out more about the association between the spice and the season.

Holy Land Tourism Rebounds

Dec 7, 2005

(12/7/05) Tourism to Israel is rebounding, after several years of declines due to political tensions and terrorism concerns. WFAE's Mark Rumsey recently spent some time in the Holy Land and has this report.

The College Application

Dec 6, 2005

(12/6/05) WFAE commentator Jean Spangler thinks her son is perfectly average. The trouble is, these days Spangler says it seems like everyone else's child is outstanding.

Loving Unconditionally

Dec 5, 2005

(12/5/05) When it comes to raising children, it's not uncommon for parents to say they just want their kids to "be happy." Often that means learning to love children unconditionally. WFAE commentator Janet Miller admits it took her a while to get the hang of this with her daughter.

The Dialogue Progresses

Dec 2, 2005

(12/2/05) Advocates for bridging the racial gap in Charlotte tried to gauge where people stand these days on the issue of race during a town hall meeting recently at the Levine Museum of the New South. WFAE's Simone Orendain was there.

(11/30/05) U.S. Rep. Mel Watt of Charlotte was among a bipartisan group of lawmakers who the State Department says were recently denied entry into Venezuela. The members of Congress had flown there to meet with the country's vice president, Jose Vicente Rangel. From WFAE's Capitol Hill Bureau, Chad Pergram reports.

Missing Black Snakes

Nov 28, 2005

(11/28/05) As November winds down, evidence of fall is everywhere. Trees have lost many of their leaves. Lawns have browned and mostly stopped growing. Temperatures have dropped below freezing. But the changing weather has WFAE commentator Elizabeth Richardson thinking about animals, and which ones she'll miss the most this winter.

The Cost of Words

Nov 23, 2005

(11/23/05) There's always a price to pay when parents seek a better life for their children. In WFAE commentator Carolyn Noell's family paying the cost of "words" was well worth it.

Low Fares Delayed

Nov 22, 2005

(11/22/05) When US Airways and America West Airlines merged earlier this fall, the new company began calling itself the largest low-cost carrier in the country. But nearly two months after the merger was finalized, many holiday travelers using the new airline out of Charlotte haven't found fares much lower at all. For WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau Scott Graf reports on why fares haven't changed much and why drastic changes in the future aren't likely.

A Day of Bittersweet

Nov 22, 2005

(11/22/05) The holidays can sometimes bring a touch of sadness during what's supposed to be a happy occasion. For WFAE commentator Julie Marr, this is a perfect description for the Thanksgiving holiday.

(11/22/05) Charlotte's Latin American Coalition is having a big birthday The city's oldest Hispanic service agency is 15 years old. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin caught up with Executive Director Angeles Ortega-Moore, and asked her to describe how Charlotte's Latino population has evolved.

Low Fares Delayed

Nov 22, 2005

(11/22/05) When US Airways and America West Airlines merged earlier this fall, the new company began calling itself the largest low-cost carrier in the country. But nearly two months after the merger was finalized, many holiday travelers using the new airline out of Charlotte haven't found fares much lower at all. For WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau Scott Graf reports on why fares haven't changed much and why drastic changes in the future aren't likely.

Stuffed

Nov 21, 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.

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