Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: CMS Teachers Respond To Fall Plan; Name, Logo For Charlotte MLS

Jul 23, 2020

Friday, July 24, 2020

Pushback from CMS teachers over the system’s decision to start school in the classroom.  More retailers are requiring shoppers to wear masks. Efforts are under way to make early voting safer as Bank of America Stadium and Spectrum Center get the OK as early-voting polling sites. And tensions build between Mecklenburg County’s sheriff and a jail support group. 

On this week’s Charlotte Talks local news roundup …

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board gets feedback from teachers and families this week after their decision last week to bring back students for a short time in August before shifting to all-remote classes.

Most restaurants that serve alcohol in Mecklenburg County will be prohibited from serving onsite food or booze after 11 p.m. under a new proclamation signed by the mayors of Charlotte, Matthews, Davidson, Mint Hill and Pineville. We'll discuss details.

Several retailers have begun requiring shoppers to wear masks in stores, while others (like Dollar Tree and Family Dollar) have walked back their mandates or have said (like Lowe’s) that they won’t enforce the wearing of masks. We’ll talk about the shift here and around the country.

There’s an effort to make early voting safer, where social distancing and the pandemic is concerned. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections approved the use of Bank of America Stadium and Spectrum Center as early-voting polling sites for the fall.

Tensions continue between Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden and the group Jail Support, with the sheriff saying the group is getting in the way of the sheriff’s office doing its job, and causing damage to property. We’ll discuss what happened this week.

And a new name for Charlotte’s new Major League Soccer team was announced this week, just days after we learned that the debut of the new team would be pushed back a year to 2022. What do we think of Charlotte FC?

Mike Collins and a panel of local journalists bring those stories and more on the local news roundup on Charlotte Talks.

Guests:

Jonathan Lowe, anchor/ reporter for Spectrum News 

Steve Harrison, WFAE’s Political Reporter 

Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV Reporter 

Annie Ma, Education reporter for the Charlotte Observer