Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Luke Kuechly Retires; No Raise For NC Teachers; Council Retreat

Jan 17, 2020

Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

The Panthers’ Luke Kuechly announces his retirement and adds to questions about what’s coming next for the team.  Our state’s teachers did not get a raise this week because there was no vote in the legislature to override the governor’s budget veto.  And Charlotte City Council holds their annual retreat in Durham.  

Clockwise from top left: Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV; Annie Ma, The Charlotte Observer; David Boraks, WFAE; Mary C. Curtis, Rollcall.com and WCCB

Shockwaves went through Panther fans around the city this week as Luke Kuechly, only 28 years old and a star Panther linebacker since his first season in the NFL 8 years ago, calls it quits.

This while many questions remain about the future of the Panthers, including the future of Cam Newton, just as Newton receives honors for his charity work in the Charlotte region.

There was no vote by state lawmakers in Raleigh this week about overriding Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the budget. The no-vote means North Carolina teachers did not get a raise. The General Assembly is now adjourned till late April.

Host Mike Collins

And City Council held its annual retreat in Durham this week, which was to help the council outline their 2020 goals. Topics discussed included the budget, transportation, affordable housing and growth, among others. We’ll give you a recap.

Guests:

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

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE 

Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV reporter 

Annie Ma, reporter for The Charlotte Observer