Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Putney's Retirement May Violate NC Law; Tillis Supports Trump

Oct 11, 2019

Friday, October 11th, 2019

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney’s announced retirement plans may run afoul of some state laws. While some Republicans break with the president on Syria, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis doesn’t. A CMS whistleblower raises questions about former Superintendent Clayton Wilcox. Plus, the latest on news about the completion of the I-77 toll lanes.

Clockwise from top left: Ann Doss Helms, WFAE; Nick Ochsner, WBTV; Erik Spanberg, Charlotte Business Journal; Jonathan Lowe, Spectrum News Charlotte

On the next Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup…

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney announced this week that he’d retire at the end of 2019, but come back to the force in the spring to work through the Republican National Convention next year. This plan could violate state laws regarding government retirement. We’ll have the latest.

Republicans are critical of the President’s Syria pullout, but North Carolina’s Thom Tillis says he’s giving Trump the "benefit of the doubt" on that, and on impeachment. We'll talk about what he said this week, and about his conversations with North Carolina farmers on tariffs.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has its own whistleblower case involving former superintendent Clayton Wilcox. Did Wilcox broker deals that benefited a family member?

Charlotte Talks Host Mike Collins

Governor Roy Cooper and State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger argue over Twitter about where the blame lies for the lack of North Carolina teacher raises this year. Who’s right? We’ll explore.

Former Governor Pat McCrory is making headlines for his criticism of the NBA, calling the organization hypocritical in the way it’s dealing with the Hong Kong demonstrations, because it’s a different reaction from how the league dealt with North Carolina back during the HB2 controversy. We go over what happened.

Several towns in the area held elections this week, including Matthews, Statesville, Mooresville and Hickory. We’ll get into highlights.

Mike Collins and local journalists dive into those stories and more on this week’s Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.


Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal 

Nick Ochsner, WBTV News reporter 

Ann Doss Helms, WFAE Education Reporter

Jonathan Lowe, anchor/ reporter for Spectrum News Charlotte