Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: VP Pence Visits CLT; Huntersville Ed Committee Recommendations

May 24, 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019

Huntersville’s education advisory committee recommends a split from CMS. Vice President Mike Pence pays a visit for an RNC Kickoff Meeting as next year’s national convention approaches. The South Carolina House and Senate have approved $120 million in tax breaks to lure the Panthers south, and start your engines, the Coca-Cola 600 is here.  

Clockwise from top left: Glenn Burkins, QCityMetro.com; Alex Olgin, WFAE News; Mary C. Curtis, rollcall.com; Jonathan Lowe, Spectrum News Charlotte

On this edition of the Charlotte Talks local news roundup:

The Huntersville education advisory commission recommends that the town operate its own charter school and split from CMS, a move that one CMS official says is “politically driven. How likely is this outcome? 

Vice President Mike Pence was in the Queen City this week for an RNC Kickoff Meeting, as next year’s Convention, which will be held in Charlotte, is getting closer. What was the purpose of this visit, and what have we learned about plans for the 2020 Republican National Convention?

As abortion legislation is passed around the country, rallies are taking place nationwide, and here in the Queen City. We'll talk about a Charlotte rally where anti-abortion and abortion-rights advocates clashed.

Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins

In South Carolina, the House and the Senate have now approved around $120 million in tax breaks to offer to the Carolina Panthers to entice them to move practice fields and the team's headquarters to the state from North Carolina.

And get ready to start your engines — this weekend is the second “Race Weekend” in a row for Charlotte (we hosted the NASCAR All-Star Race last Saturday, and this weekend is the Coca-Cola 600). What should we know to attend the event or avoid the crowds?

Those stories and much more with Mike Collins and a panel of journalists on the Charlotte Talks local news roundup.

Guests:

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com and WCCB

Alexandra Olgin, WFAE Reporter 

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of QCityMetro.com

Jonathan Lowe, reporter for Spectrum News