Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Coronavirus Cases Continue To Rise In Meck Co.; Cam Newton Out

Mar 27, 2020

Friday, March 27 2020

The impact of the coronavirus on the Charlotte region grows as more businesses close and we’re told to stay home.  We also experience the first coronavirus death in the state.  And other news is also being made, as Cam Newton is released from the Carolina Panthers after nine years. Mike Collins and the roundup reporters cover those stories and more.  

The news about the coronavirus spread continues to affect us in the Charlotte region. This week brought with it additional restrictions with the governor’s ban on nail and hair salons, gyms and other businesses, and the announcement that North Carolina public schools will be closed through May 15.

The county announced a new “stay–at–home” order that began Thursday. The state experienced its first coronavirus-related death this week as well (which the governor says could lead to additional restrictions). We’ll give you the latest on where we are now, the current cases in the county and how people in the region are handling the outbreak. We'll also talk about what Mayor Vi Lyles said about the county's order.

Despite schools being closed (with students missing out on proms, sports, midterms and more), the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system is still looking to the future. CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston presented the schools budget plan to the CMS board this week, requesting $1.6 billion. We’ll talk about details of the proposed budget.

This week, the Carolina Panthers announced that they were releasing quarterback Cam Newton after nine seasons with the team. His time included a trip to the Super Bowl -- but was also riddled with injuries in recent years. So where will Cam land?

Guests:

Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal 

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE 

Jonathan Lowe, anchor/ reporter for Spectrum News 

Ann Doss Helms, WFAE Education Reporter