Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Arts Sales Tax Consideration; Homicides In Charlotte

Jun 21, 2019

Friday, June 21, 2019

Mecklenburg County Commissioners are considering a sales tax increase. The merger of two banks brings a new name and now a lawsuit over that name. Number of homicides in Charlotte on the rise. Mecklenburg County sheriff and others speak in Raleigh. Those stories and more on this local news roundup. 

Clockwise from top left: Glenn Burkins,; Erik Spanberg, the Charlotte Business Journal; Chandler Morgan, WBTV; Steve Harrison, WFAE

The Mecklenburg County Commission considers increasing the sales tax by a quarter cent to raise money for the arts, greenways and education. Support is split. 

BB&T and SunTrust are merging, however the new bank faces a trademark infringement lawsuit over its new name, Truist.  Truliant says it’s too close to theirs. 

Homicides in Charlotte so far in 2019 equal the total number for 2018. 

Sheriff Garry McFadden went to Raleigh this week along with other North Carolina sheriffs to condemn a measure that would force sheriffs to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. What they said and what caused some of them to walk out of the meeting.

Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins

And Ivanka Trump and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross were in Charlotte this week.  We tell you why.

Host Mike Collins and a roundtable of reporters talk about those stories and more on Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.


Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of

Steve Harrison, WFAE’s political reporter

Chandler Morgan, reporter for WBTV