Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: MLS Offical for CLT; Excelsior Club Funding; Hospital Bed Battle

Dec 20, 2019

Friday, Dec. 20, 2019

Charlotte becomes a Major League Soccer town.  David Tepper has about 13 months to ready for the first game.  New life for the historic Excelsior Club, as a new plan emerges for the endangered landmark.  Our two hospital systems spar over expansion and the addition of more beds.  And Christian McCaffrey and Luke Kuechly are headed to the Pro Bowl.  

Clockwise from top left: David Boraks, WFAE; Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV; Katie Peralta, Charlotte Agenda; Nick Ochsner, WBTV

On this week’s Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup…

It’s official. Major League Soccer is coming to Charlotte. The announcement on Tuesday that Charlotte would be awarded the latest MLS expansion team was no surprise, but new team owner David Tepper was enthusiastic as he shared the stage with MLS commissioner Don Garber and Mayor Vi Lyles—and fans were celebratory as well. 

There’s a new plan to save Charlotte’s historic Excelsior Club, with Charlotte City Council approving a $50,000 grant and the county contributing another $50,000 to turn the club into an entertainment complex.

Pat McCrory says he won't run for North Carolina Governor again, but he's considering a run for US Senate coming up in 2022. We'll share his explanation for the announcement.

Charlotte’s two largest hospital systems are battling over beds. Atrium and Novant argued about patient bed space on Monday in a state health department hearing. Atrium says it should get all of the 76 patient beds being awarded to Mecklenburg County by the state, but Novant wants a portion too.

And despite a rough year for the Panthers, Christian McCaffrey and Luke Kuechly are headed to the 2020 Pro Bowl, and Cam Newton is making headlines for his charity work and is also getting his own fitness series.

Mike Collins is joined by Charlotte-area journalists to fill you in about those stories and much more on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Nick Ochsner, Chief Investigative reporter for WBTV news 

Katie Peralta, senior editor at Charlotte Agenda 

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE 

Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV Reporter