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Friday News Roundup: Protests Shut Down City Council; CMS Busing For Choice Cost; NC Budget Proposal

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Protesters disrupt a city council meeting. School busing for choice has a price tag and now we know it.  And Governor Roy Cooper releases his first North Carolina budget proposal.  Host Mike Collins and the Roundup Reporters go through those stories and more on the local news roundup when Charlotte Talks . 

On this edition of the news roundup, Monday’s lively city council meeting—that was shut down by protesters who wanted to make their voices heard regarding the city’s response to immigration policy tops our list of stories for the week, closely followed by WFAE and Charlotte Talks' public conversation about immigration this week.

We’ll talk about takeaways from those events, the actual role of local government in enforcing immigration laws and plans for further protests by groups in the city.

CMS released a report Tuesday about the cost of “busing for choice”- part of an effort to increase diversity at magnets this year. We’ll talk about the complications and costs of transportations for that magnet and what Superintendent Ann Clark and the school board think about the estimated $6 million price tag for busing.

Governor Roy Cooper released his first North Carolina Budget proposal this week. We'll go through his priorities for the state in the next fiscal year.

A leading state house Republican wants a commission – not politicians – to draw voting districts.

Kannapolis is trying to bring baseball into its downtown by moving the Intimidators- a move done in the hopes of increasing economic development in the town. We’ll hear the details.

Those stories and much more on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Tom Bullock, WFAE Reporter. 

Michael Tomsic, WFAE Reporter. 

Erik Spanberg, senior staff writer at the Charlotte Business Journal. 

Ann Doss Helms, Reporter for The Charlotte Observer.