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Friday News Roundup: State Of The State Address; Berger's Response; Joel Ford GIFs; and More


Friday, March 17, 2017

Roy Cooper delivers his State of the State Address and calls for an HB2 repeal.  The GOP responds by blaming the governor for the bill’s continued existence.  Mayoral Candidate Joel Ford gets in trouble after using .GIFs in a tweet to an activist.  Mike Collins and the news roundup panel cover those stories and more on the local news round up when Charlotte Talks.

On this St. Patrick’s Day edition of the local news roundup...

Governor Roy Cooper gave his state of the state address on Monday, calling for the legislature to repeal HB2. Phil Berger gave the Republican response to that address, citing that improvements around the state are due to Republican leadership and blamed Governor Cooper for past failed attempts to repeal HB2.

We’ll talk about what else was said during the address and the response, and about some action by Phil Berger on Facebook that is getting him into trouble.

Mayoral candidate Joel Ford also got into some trouble this week after tweeting a .gif of a defecating dog to an LGBT activist with whom he was having a Twitter dispute. We'll talk about what the dispute was and how Ford's campaign manager responded.

HB2 discussion makes its way into the discussion about March Madness and future locations to hold the NCAA tournament. And North Carolina House democrats try to force a vote to repeal HB2 on Tuesday. We'll talk about what happened there.

In transportation news, Huntersville is considering a resolution to reject a study to build a rail line in Northern Mecklenburg County—at the same time the NCDOT chief says that more toll lanes could be on the way for highways in the Charlotte region.  

And the investigation continues into an uptown shootout during February’s CIAA Tournament- we’ll hear how CMPD is turning to cell phones left at the scene to make progress on the case.

Those stories and much more with Mike Collins and a panel of reporters on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.


Tom Bullock, WFAE Reporter

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of Qcitymetro.com

Ann Doss Helms, Reporter for The Charlotte Observer 

Shawn Flynn, Managing Editor for Spectrum News