David Boraks

Reporter

David Boraks is a reporter and host at WFAE, covering energy & the environment, politics & government, affordable housing, transportation and other topics for WFAE.  He's a veteran Charlotte-area journalist who also has worked at The Charlotte Observer (1993-2000) and published the online community news network DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net (2006-2015).

He also has worked for American Banker (2000-2005), The China News in Taipei (1991), The Cambridge (Mass.) Chronicle (1989-1991) and The Hartford Courant (1986-89).  He has been a Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow (1997), won the North Carolina Information Technology Association Media Award (1998), won the Davidson College Sullivan Community Service Award (2009), and was an Annenberg/Knight Block-by-Block News Entrepreneur fellow (2011). 

David has a bachelor's  degree in history from Cornell University and a master's degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

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The Burke County Sheriff's office is investigating a fatal shooting early Monday in Connolly Springs, west of Hickory.  

Ally Bank CEO Jeffrey Brown (center left) and Panthers President Tom Glick joined Ally employees in announcing their soccer partnership.
Ally Financial

The campaign to bring a Major League Soccer team to Charlotte is winning support from the city's business community. Ally Financial on Friday announced an agreement that would make it the lead sponsor of a Charlotte MLS team. 

Drawing shows what the Gateway District might look like after it's redeveloped.
City of Charlotte

Charlotte and state Department Of Transportation officials have put out a call for developers interested in building the proposed Gateway Station mixed-use project next to realigned passenger rail tracks uptown. The development on 13 acres off West Trade Street could include shops, offices, housing and a hotel as well as a new Amtrak train station. 

United Way of Central Carolinas

The United Way of Central Carolinas headquarters will move from its longtime home on Brevard Street in uptown Charlotte to a smaller space a few blocks away later this year. 

Shoulder lanes are used in Europe and some U.S. states, including I-66 in Virginia.
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION

Updated July 19, 2019
The idea of converting the shoulders of Interstate 77 in the Lake Norman area into travel lanes lanes at rush hour is a step closer to happening. The area's transportation planning organization approved re-allocating $47 million to the project at its meeting Wednesday night. 

The new CATS commuter buses are more comfortable
CATS

Thousands of drivers a day have been using toll lanes on I-77 for speedier commutes since the first 15-mile section opened in June in the Lake Norman area. But it may be a while before commuter buses are taking advantage of the lanes. 

Bank of America reported a profit of $7.3 billion for the quarter that ended June 30. That was even with the first quarter but up 8% from a year ago, mainly on higher profits in its consumer bank.

Map shows areas that would have high numbers of dangerously hot days late in this century (red), without global action to fight climate change.
Union of Concerned Scientists

Rising temperatures from global warming will more than double the number of dangerously hot days across the United States by 2050 unless the country does more to fight the problem. That's according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, which says the Southeast could see the biggest effects of rising temperatures.

Fifteen miles of the I-77 Express Lanes opened Saturday between Huntersville and Mooresville.
David Boraks / WFAE

Drivers took a half-million trips on the I-77 Express toll lanes north of Charlotte in June, the first month they were open. But you didn't need to pay a toll to get a faster ride. 

Charlotte Sustainability Director Rob Phocas (left) was on stage with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles in December for an announcement of Bloomberg's $2.5 million climate change donation. Phocas is leaving his job.
David Boraks / WFAE

Several top-level city staffers who oversee environmental policy in Charlotte are departing this month, at a time when City Hall is trying to focus on environmental issues.

Carolina Panthers President Tom Glick says he's optimistic about the city's chances to get a Major League Soccer team.
David Boraks / WFAE

The Carolina Panthers' executive who is leading efforts to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte says a pair of soccer-related deals announced Tuesday gives the city momentum to land a top-level professional team.

Public hearings are planned Tuesday night in High Point and Wednesday night in Charlotte on Piedmont Natural Gas's first rate hike request in six years.

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Homicide detectives are investigating after a woman was found dead Thursday morning outside an apartment in north Charlotte. 

The house on James Jack Lane was a pile of rubble Wednesday after Tuesday's deadly explosion.
David Boraks / WFAE

Investigators continued searching the rubble of a south Charlotte home Wednesday as they try to learn what caused an explosion Tuesday that killed one person and seriously hurt another. 

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Updated 4:24 p.m. 

Wednesday afternoon, Charlotte Fire Marshall John Leonard said investigators determined an interior gas leak caused the explosion that leveled a home in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte. 

Rania Karam, 58, was killed when her home on James Jack Lane exploded around 1:45 p.m.  Her husband, Jebran Karam, a cardiologist practicing at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia, was seriously injured in the explosion.

The fire department says it took rescuers about seven hours find Rania Karam in the debris. 

Fuel cell energy generators outside a warehouse. They use an electro-chemical reaction to generate electricity.
Bloom Energy

Duke Energy is adding power-generating fuel cells to the list of services it provides businesses and institutions.  On Monday, the company's non-regulated subsidiary Duke Energy One announced a $250 million deal with California-based Bloom Energy to install fuel cells at more than 30 businesses in four states: California, Connecticut, Maryland and New York.  

Stumptown Athletic

Charlotte is getting another professional soccer team.  Stumptown Athletic is scheduled begin playing this fall in a new men's league at the third level of U.S. soccer. 

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Updated 2:42 p.m.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the state budget approved Thursday by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Speaking to reporters Friday morning, Cooper called the budget "an astonishing failure of common sense and common decency."

Lowe's will take 15 of the 23 stories in the new Design Center Tower, which will break ground in August on Worthington Avenue in Charlotte's South End.
LOWE'S CORP.

Lowe's has picked a site in Charlotte's South End for a new $153 million global technology center that eventually is expected to have up to 2,000 employees. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that North Carolina's congressional map is not an unconstitutional gerrymander, giving the Republican leadership in the General Assembly a victory.

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