Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: ASC Layoffs; I-77 Toll Lanes Open; Truist Coming In December

Nov 22, 2019

Friday, November 22, 2019

The Arts & Science Council begins layoffs in the wake of the sales tax defeat.  Former CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox is back in the news in Charlotte Observer report alleging possible unethical conduct involving a vendor.  I-77 toll lanes are now open, the BB&T/SunTrust merger is okayed, and new zoning along the Blue Line is approved.

Clockwise from top left: former CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox, I-77 Toll Lanes, Panthers Owner David Tepper, Sales Tax Campaign signs

Impeachment proceedings in Washington may lead the national headlines this week, but Charlotte has still managed some headlines of its own, beginning with David Tepper and his candid comments after Sunday’s Panther loss at home to Atlanta and his thoughts on Charlotte’s bid for a Major League Soccer expansion.

The Arts & Science Council begins layoffs in the aftermath of the local elections earlier this month in which the proposed sales tax increase for arts, parks and education was defeated.

The I-77 toll lanes were fully opened over the weekend, but there’s still work to do on the project. Work is continuing and fines are still accumulating.

[RELATED: FAQ City: How Do I-77 Express Toll Lanes Work And Who Has To Pay?]

Panelists from left: Jonathan Lowe, Spectrum News; Ann Doss Helms, WFAE; Mary C. Curtis, WCCB-TV; Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV; Annie Ma, the Charlotte Observer

Clayton Wilcox is back in the news in a new report from the Charlotte Observer, where the former CMS superintendent is said to have pushed a contract with a tech company and then asked that company for a job.

Mike Collins, host of Charlotte Talks

The $66 billion merger between BB&T and SunTrust banks was approved this week by the Federal Reserve and the FDIC, and the banks are set to finalize the creation of their new bank Truist coming up next month.

And some new zoning along the LYNX Blue Line was approved by City Council Monday night- will this be a positive move for affordable housing in Charlotte? 

Those and other stories on the local news roundup.

Guests:

Annie Ma, education reporter for the Charlotte Observer

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com and WCCB

Jonathan Lowe, anchor/ reporter for Spectrum News 

Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV reporter 

Ann Doss Helms, WFAE education reporter