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Charlotte Talks News Roundup: Carolinas Watch Irma; Dreamers React To DACA End


Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma threatens the Carolinas. Senators get to work on a solution for DACA recipients. Mayoral candidates ready for next week's primary election.

The Carolinas and the Southeast are keeping watch on Hurricane Irma. The governors of both Carolinas have declared a state of emergency as Irma, one of the most powerful storms to ever roar across the Atlantic, moves closer. The storm has evoked comparisons to Hurricane Hugo, which brought significant damage to Charlotte and the Carolinas.

President Trump’s cancellation of DACA triggered reaction from the local immigrant community, politicians and businesses. Republican senators Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are each working on legislation allowing undocumented residents to legally stay in the U.S.

In the homestretch before next week’s primary election, the hopefuls for Charlotte mayor held a final televised debate before the voting. Two of the Democratic hopefuls, incumbent Jennifer Roberts and state Sen. Joel Ford, traded barbs over the Keith Scott shooting.

Charlotte’s homicide count rose to 63. Among the latest victims: a UNC Charlotte professor who police say was killed in a domestic violence incident.

Mike Collins and a reporters roundtable review those stories and more on the Local News Roundup.


Brad Panovich, chief  meteorologist, WCNC-TV

David Boraks, reporter, WFAE (@davidboraks)

Kirstin Garriss, government reporter, Spectrum News (@ReporterGarriss)

Katie Peralta, business reporter, The Charlotte Observer (@katieperalta)

Erik Spanberg, senior staff writer, Charlotte Business Journal (@CBJSpanberg)