David Boraks


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 reported for American Banker (2000-2005), and worked as an editor at The China News in Taipei (1991), The Cambridge (Mass.) Chronicle (1989-1991) and The Hartford Courant (1986-1989).  He was been a Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow (telecommunications, 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.

Long-term residents at the Days Inn on East Woodlawn Road waited for the water and electricity to be turned back on at midday Tuesday.
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The owners of a Charlotte Days Inn have taken their fight to close the hotel to court. In a suit filed Friday at Mecklenburg County Superior Court, they're seeking a court order to remove residents.

Drinking water in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County got good grades again in 2019.
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Drinking water in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County met federal standards again in 2019, and regular testing also found no problems with unregulated chemicals. 

A 41-year-old man died Sunday while tubing on Lake Norman. 

Angelina Freiert and her family live at the InTown Suites in Matthews.
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Long-term residents of hotels and motels who have lost their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic face a weekly struggle to pay the rent. Hotel managers who want their money are using a variety of tactics to try and collect.  Attorney General Josh Stein warns some of those may be illegal.

Kathy Floyd runs Floyd & Blackies coffee shop in Cramerton, in Gaston County. She's willing to wait until the state stay-home order expires May 8 to reopen fully.
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People in Gaston County are debating the need for a continued statewide stay-at-home order as some county leaders say they'll support any businesses that want to reopen. Gov. Roy Cooper says reopening too early could cost lives. 

Charlotte Checkers players congratulated goalie Alex Nedeljkovic after a win in November.
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The Carolina Hurricanes are preparing to drop the Charlotte Checkers as their minor league hockey affiliate.  The move comes after a reported breakdown in relations between the NHL and AHL teams.  

CMS says the Centegix system repeatedly failed.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is suing an Atlanta company that sold a panic-alarm system that the district says doesn't work. The suit filed at federal court in Charlotte on Wednesday seeks a refund plus damages from Centegix, saying the company failed to deliver what it promised. 

The Monroe solar farm, on about 400 acres off South Rocky River Road, has about 684,000 solar panels.
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Duke Energy has set a goal of doubling the renewable energy it produces or buys by 2025. The new target is in the company's annual sustainability report out Tuesday.

Residents and housing activists were at the Days Inn Monday.
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Police were back at a Days Inn in Charlotte Monday, a week after the owner tried to evict occupants by shutting off utilities for a day. 

The Metrolina Warehouse in Davidson was an asbestos factory from 1930 to 1960.
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State and federal environmental officials say they will test more properties in Davidson for asbestos in the coming months. That's after residents in the historically African American West Side neighborhood raised concerns at a community meeting back in January. 

Mayor John Aneralla of Huntersville
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Gov. Roy Cooper's decision Thursday to extend a statewide stay-at-home order until May 8 averts a showdown over whether Mecklenburg County should extend its own order. Mayors of the county's six towns disagree on how soon to reopen. 

Charlotte Area Transit System CEO John Lewis says the system is in "a good financial position" as it drafts its budget for the next fiscal year.  That's despite a sharp decline in revenues related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Long-term residents at the Days Inn on East Woodlawn Road waited for the water and electricity to be turned back on at midday Tuesday.
David Boraks / WFAE

Long-term residents at a Days Inn in Charlotte got water and electricity back Tuesday, after the hotel shut it off in an attempt to force them out. It’s one of about a hundred hotels in the Charlotte area that got warnings this month about illegal evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Duke Energy has seven coal-fired power plants in the Carolinas, including the Allen Steam Station in Belmont.

A group of commercial energy users wants Duke Energy to waive fixed monthly fees during the coronavirus pandemic. Duke says it's willing to work with customers individually, but the fees are needed to keep its power network running.

Truist Financial's headquarters is the Truist Tower in uptown Charlotte, formerly the Hearst Tower.
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Charlotte-based Truist Financial Corp. cut 800 jobs across the company during the first three months of the year. That came as the sixth largest U.S. bank started cutting costs following last year’s merger of SunTrust and BB&T.

Charlotte Motor Speedway's Roval is a road course on and inside the traditional oval.

Updated Friday April 17, 2020
Speedway Motorsports Inc. has laid off or furloughed more than 20% of its 1,200 employees at its seven race tracks nationwide, including Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

Bank of America headquarters rises above an empty North Tryon Street at mid-afternoon on Friday, March 27.
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Bank of America's first-quarter profit fell 45% from a year ago, as the bank boosted reserves to cover expected loan losses by $3.6 billion. CEO Brian Moynihan says the country is at war with the coronavirus, and the bank is making sure employees can keep doing their jobs.

Atrium Health workers staffed a COVID-19 mobile testing site Tuesday off Eastway in east Charlotte.
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Atrium Health and Novant Health opened mobile COVID-19 testing sites this week on Charlotte's east and west sides, to expand testing in "hot spots" where minority communities are disproportionately affected by the virus.

City housing director Pamela Wideman briefs the council on affordable housing during Monday's virtual meeting.
City of Charlotte

City housing officials have recommended spending $15 million from the Charlotte Housing Trust Fund to support nine projects this year. Most council members Monday night were unhappy that one project wasn't on the list - the redevelopment of the run-down Brookhill Village, off South Tryon Street. 

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Skies are clearing now in the Charlotte area, but the National Weather Service says the region could see wind gusts of up to 40 mph through the afternoon.