Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: NC COVID-19 Numbers Top 10,000; CMS Budget Request

May 1, 2020

Friday, May 1, 2020

The latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Mecklenburg and beyond, including what initially looked like a challenge to the governor’s stay-at-home ordinance in Gaston County.  Schools will remain closed for the rest of this academic year. CMS makes its request for funds from Mecklenburg County.

On the next Charlotte Talks local news roundup ...

A look at the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and its impact in Mecklenburg County and beyond. Cases in North Carolina have now gone over 10,000. Mecklenburg residents saw a relaxing of the county’s stay-at-home order Thursday, and now residents here have the same restrictions as the rest of North Carolina. Previously, our stay-at-home order was more strict than the state order. What will this mean for county residents and businesses?

In neighboring Gaston County, confusion set in as conflicting messages were spread about just what restrictions are now in place. We'll discuss what happened.

Last week, we learned that public schools in North Carolina will remain closed for the duration of the school year, prompting many questions about graduation, this semester’s grades and more. We’ll give the details. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board also met this week to talk about next year’s budget request to the county, asking for $538 million, but knowing that getting the money is unlikely.

Charlotte City Council narrowly approved a $50 million grant for federal funding for the Republican National Convention, but the vote came with a contentious debate between council members.

And the governor said this week that NASCAR can host Charlotte’s annual race, the Coca-Cola 600 at the end of May (as long as health conditions don’t get worse), without fans. Is this an example for how major events will be held in future months?

Those stories, along with updates on small business financing in town and more with area journalists coming up on the local news roundup.

Guests: 

Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal 

David Boraks, WFAE Reporter

Steve Harrison, WFAE’s Political Reporter 

Annie Ma, Education reporter for the Charlotte Observer