Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: NC Reaction To Congressman's Shooting; County Pauses MLS Funding
Friday, June 16, 2017
A North Carolina congressman witnesses a colleague's shooting on a Virginia ball field. Budget numbers are flying at the city, county and state levels. Crime enters as an issue in the mayor's race. Mike Collins and local reporters review with week's news.
A gunman opens fire at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, wounding five people, including Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Republican whip. A witness to the shooting, Greensboro Congressman Mark Walker, saw the incident as politically-motivated, saying the gunman "obviously planned to kill many Republican members."
In a follow-up to last week's hearing with former FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The committee chairman, North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, told Sessions he had an "opportunity to separate fact from fiction" about Russian involvement in last year's election.
Charlotte's City Council unanimously passed a $2.4 billion city budget that adds police officers, but doesn’t include a property tax increase. And Mecklenburg County commissioners took a straw vote on Monday night, signaling approval of the county's $1.7 billion budget plan, but decided to delay a decision on county funds for a possible Major League Soccer stadium.
As the number of homicides in Charlotte continues to grow, crime and public safety are becoming top issues in the city's mayor's race as Republican Kenny Smith blamed incumbent Democrat Jennifer Roberts for the city's crime.
Mike Collins and our panel of reporters analyze the week's top local stories on the Local News Roundup.
Tom Bullock, reporter, WFAE (@TomWFAE)
Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher, QCityMetro.com (@glennburkins)
Mary C. Curtis, columnist, Roll Call; contributor, WCCB News Rising (@mcurtisnc3)
Erik Spanberg, senior staff writer, Charlotte Business Journal (@CBJspanberg)