Remembering NPR's Carl Kasell

Apr 17, 2018
Carl Kasell on Charlotte Talks in January 2005.

Carl Kasell, long-time NPR newscaster and Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! official scorekeeper, has died at the age of 84, NPR reports

WATCH: Zuckerberg Hearings

Apr 9, 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to answer questions from Congress in two separate Capitol Hill hearings. Zuckerberg will face members of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and the House of Representatives on Wednesday to answer questions about protecting user data. 

Congressman Norman's official House Facebook page

Updated April 8, 2018 at 11 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman pulled out his own loaded handgun during a meeting with constituents Friday in Rock Hill to make a point that guns are dangerous only in the hands of criminals.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man in south Charlotte after a call for service came in early Friday morning.

Officers in the Independence Division responded to a domestic-related assault call in the 400 block of Mountainview Drive at 3:42 a.m. and found an unconscious man. The man, later identified as 59-year-old Joseph Henry Grosjean, was transported to Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews, where he later died. 

Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones will discuss red light cameras during tonight’s City Council meeting.

Last month, Jones recommended against bringing them back to Charlotte. That recommendation concerns Mayor Vi Lyles.


Increasing the number of school psychologists has come up as one way to make schools safer. The National Association of School Psychologists says there should be one school psychologist per 700 students. But in North Carolina the average is 1 per 2,100 students.

North Carolina U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis spoke during a visit to U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters, Fort Bragg, N.C., April 8, 2015.
Brian Godette / U.S. Army Reserve

A pastor with roots in North Carolina who has been accused of aiding a failed 2016 coup d’etat in Turkey and has been held in prison ever since has lost 50 pounds amid deteriorating health, says U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, who visited the pastor Monday.

Chris Miller / WFAE

The Charlotte Planning Department is overseeing a major overhaul of the city’s outdated zoning regulations - they dictate the placement of everything from trees to sidewalks. On Charlotte Talks today, the city’s newly sworn-in planning director, Taiwo Jaiyeoba said many of the regulations date back to 1992.

"They’re outdated. They’re inconsistent. There are conflicts between them. Developers live with them - tolerate them - because they have no other choice," said Jaiyeoba.

A candidate running to represent a south Charlotte state house district has had his residency challenged. Democrat Brandon Lofton is a trying to unseat Republican Andy Dulin. He says he’s living in a house in District 104. The challenge was filed by a Republican who accuses Lofton of registering to vote using an address where he wasn’t living at the time. 

Gwendolyn Glenn / WFAE News

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox plans to ask for $9 million to secure schools. According to the Charlotte Observer, Wilcox said the district would use it for fencing campuses, improving surveillance, and "hardening doorways." The topic came up at a meeting between the CMS board and Matthews’ town commissioners Tuesday night. Wilcox didn’t give any other information about the plan.