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News Director Greg Collard and reporters Lisa Worf and Tom Bullock discuss topics and people in the news. Consider it a behind-the-scenes discussion and analysis of some of the issues you hear addressed on WFAE.Subscribe to podcast.

WFAE Talks: Sales Tax Debate, Beacon Initiative, Misleading Use Of WFAE In Political Email

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The proposed sales tax hike in Mecklenburg County gets the endorsement of most school board members, but how the referendum came about runs several of them the wrong way. There's also a new effort to help struggling schools. It's called the Beacon Initiative. Education reporter Lisa Miller fills us in.

Plus, News Director Greg Collard explains why it's misleading for  the National Republican Senatorial Committee to cite this Party Line blog post in arguing that its Democratic counterparts have "hit the panic button" with a $9 million ad buy on behalf of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

WFAE's top utility player, Marshall Terry, fills in for Ben Bradford on this week's episode.