Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Clayton Wilcox Accusations; NC Congressional Maps; Arts Tax

Nov 1, 2019

Friday, November 1st, 2019

News emerges that may clarify CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox’s swift and mysterious departure.  Two more rulings about the state’s political maps.  City Council postpones making a decision on funding a light rail study and Senator Richard Burr gets some negative Twitter attention.  

Clockwise from top left: Ann Doss Helms, WFAE; Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV; Nick Ochsner, WBTV; Mary C. Curtis, Rollcall.com

On the next Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup …

People have been wondering for months what led to former CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox’s July suspension and later resignation from the school system. This week, the Charlotte Observer reported that there were reports of racist and sexist remarks by Wilcox that were reported to officials in the system and that the school board knew about remarks. We’ll discuss details.

Two more rulings about political maps in North Carolina came out this week, one upheld, and one thrown out—for now, and there are implications for the 2020 Election… we’ll take a look.

City Council approves spending for improvements at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, but postponed a vote about the Silver Line, the proposed rail line that would go from Matthews to Gaston County.

Senator Richard Burr is receiving a lot of attention - and it’s not positive - on Twitter for a comment he tweeted this week about whether NCAA athletes should have their scholarships taxed if they receive compensation for the use of their likeness. This comes after the announcement by the NCAA Governing Board that student athletes will be allowed to be compensated for their names, images and likenesses. 

We’ll cover those stories and much more on this week’s Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Ann Doss Helms, WFAE News

Nick Ochsner, WBTV news reporter 

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

Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV Reporter