Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Robin Hayes And Others Indicted; NC ICE Bill; Streetcar Delays

Apr 5, 2019

Friday, April 5, 2019

The head of the North Carolina GOP is indicted in connection with donations made to the party, and charged with lying to the FBI. State lawmakers move to make sheriffs cooperate with ICE. Those same lawmakers also want to give teachers $400 to spend on classroom supplies. Mike Collins and the round table of reporters cover the week's top local and regional stories.

Clockwise from top left: Ely Portillo, The Charlotte Observer; Glenn Burkins, QCityMetro.com; Nick Ochsner, WBTV; Erik Spanberg, The Charlotte Business Journal

Chairman of the North Carolina GOP Robin Hayes was one of four people indicted in connection with an investigation involving donations made to the state Republican Party. Hayes was also charged with three counts of lying to the FBI. We’ll bring you the latest.

A bill that would force all North Carolina sheriffs to detain suspects for up to 48 hours when requested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents has passed in the state House. The bill was introduced after several recently-elected Democratic sheriffs — including Mecklenburg County's Garry McFadden — announced they would no longer honor the ICE detainers. The North Carolina Sheriffs Association is against the bill. We'll discuss what the bill could mean if it passes the Senate

North Carolina lawmakers have introduced another bill they say will give teachers $400 to spend on classroom supplies, by distributing money they say was not properly spent in the past by local school districts. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has major concerns with the bill.

Mike Collins, host of Charlotte Talks

Charlotte streetcar progress will be interrupted this summer for platform modifications, and the second phase of the streetcar will be delayed because of the Republican National Convention in 2020. We’ll go over what CATS CEO John Lewis said at this week’s City Council meeting and reaction from council members.

And this week, CMPD announced that homicides in Charlotte have tripled since this time last year.