Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: CMPD Says Uptown Safe After Shooting; Robin Hayes Pleads Guilty

Oct 4, 2019

Friday, October 4th 2019

A shooting of an innocent bystander in uptown in the middle of the day has some residents worried about safety in Charlotte.  Former state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes admits to lying to the FBI.  Mecklenburg County was planning to start collecting on overdue ambulance bills, but reaction to that has them holding off.  And more concerns surface about the proposed sales tax for the arts.  Mike Collins and local reporters bring you the week's top stories.

Clockwise from top left: Steve Harrison, WFAE; Glenn Burkins, QCityMetro.com; Katie Peralta, Charlotte Agenda; Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV

On the next Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup…

A shooting in the middle of the day in Uptown has Charlotteans wondering about safety. CMPD says Uptown is safe, despite the shooting of an innocent bystander by a teen involved in a fight at the Epicentre. We’ll discuss.

This week, former NC GOP Chairman Robin Hayes pleaded guilty to charges that he made false statements to the FBI last year. Could he face jailtime? We'll talk about the charges and Hayes' possible future.

Dan Bishop’s victory over Dan McCready in the recent special 9th district election is back in news after President Trump used the victory to mock CNN for building a $2 million studio for coverage of the election in North Carolina, which turns out is not true. CNN covered both candidates on election night, but never built a studio. We’ll talk about what happened.

Last month, Mecklenburg County announced it would send overdue ambulance bills to collections starting this month. That drew criticism at the County Commission meeting this week from disability rights activists, asserting that this new policy would cost lives. Commissioners are now delaying implementation pending consideration of alternatives.

We discuss concerns about the proposed ASC Tax Hike that were raised at this week’s County Commission meeting and a resolution made by the commissioners.

Those stories and more with Mike Collins and the roundup reporters on this week’s Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV Reporter 

Katie Peralta, senior editor and reporter for Charlotte Agenda

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of www.qcitymetro.com.

Steve Harrison, WFAE’s Political Reporter