Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: City Council Retreat; CMS Weapons Searches; New Elections Board

Feb 1, 2019

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019

Charlotte City Council goes to Raleigh for their annual retreat. Coal ash is back in the news after a meeting in Belmont. Weapons searches begin at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and this week brings us a new elections board and (perhaps) a step closer to resolving the 9th Congressional District race. 

Clockwise from top left: Glenn Burkins,; Erik Spanberg, Charlotte Business Journal; David Boraks, WFAE; Ann Doss Helms, The Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte City Council is on their annual retreat this week to discuss city priorities, like affordable housing, funding issues on major projects like the Cross Charlotte Trail and the budget. What takeaways came from their Raleigh visit?

Coal Ash returns to the news with another meeting this week in Belmont. We’ll find out what the DEQ plans to do with the feedback they’ve received from the multiple town hall meetings this year.

Despite reluctance on the part of Superintendent Clayton Wilcox, CMS launched weapons searches at two high schools on Tuesday, as part of a decision to begin searches among eight high schools in the district. No weapons were found in the searches.

Charlotte Talks Host Mike Collins

Homicides in Charlotte are on the rise so far this year, with gun deaths as a common factor in most of the cases. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are urging the public not to resort to violence in disputes. 

Governor Cooper names a new State Board of Elections, which will hopefully be the next step towards a resolution in the 9th District election. The new board is expected to call for a new hearing about the 9th District in February.


Ann Doss Helms, reporter for the Charlotte Observer 

Glenn Burkins, founder and publisher of

Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE