Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Phase 2 Begins; New CMPD Chief; Manor Theatre Closing

May 21, 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper decides on a modified Phase 2 reopening of the economy. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has named its next chief.  NCDOT furloughs 9,300 employees until the end of June. Charlotte's oldest movie theater closes amid the coronavirus outbreak. And less than 100 days before the start of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, no one will definitively say it will take place. Who will decide?

North Carolina continues its efforts to reopen the economy in the state. The governor has approved a modified version of an entry into Phase 2 of his reopening plan for Friday at 5 p.m. What will that next step in reopening the state mean? We discuss.

CMPD has named its next chief of police. Deputy Chief Johnny Jennings will take over the helm from current Chief Kerr Putney in September. We’ll talk about the announcement and Jennings’ history with CMPD.

Charlotte's oldest movie theater and art house is closing for good. The Manor Theatre in Myers Park is closing its doors after 73 years amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The North Carolina DOT has furloughed its employees till the end of June in an effort to save money during the coronavirus pandemic. The 9,300 employees have till the end of June to take 20 hours of unpaid time off. What effect will this have on the state’s transportation system?

We’re now less than 100 days before the Republican National Convention scheduled to happen in Charlotte, and there’s no real consensus on how or whether the convention will take place. We’ll talk about what President Trump, RNC leaders and our local leaders are saying about the upcoming RNC -- and we’ll discuss the announcement of a “shadow convention.”

Those stories and much more with area journalists coming up on the local news roundup.

Guests:

Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal

Jonathan Lowe, anchor/reporter for Spectrum News

Steve Harrison, WFAE’s political reporter 

Annie Ma, education reporter for the Charlotte Observer