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Charlotte Talks Friday News Roundup: NCGA Maps; Health Leader Calls CLT 'Party Town'; CMS Bus Fires

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Friday, November 17, 2017

The Charlotte Business Journal's Erik Spanberg is our guest host as we gather our roundtable of reporters to go through the week’s top local and regional stories... including an update on legislative maps in North Carolina, CMS buses erupting in flames and the Mecklenburg County health director taking heat for comments about Charlotte being a “party town”. That and much more, on the Friday News Roundup.

On this edition of the local news roundup…

The expert who was tapped to fix the boundaries in districts that were deemed unconstitutional in North Carolina has suggested changes, and is now asking for feedback from both lawmakers and the challengers. We'll have the latest on that.

The new Mecklenburg County Health Director is taking some heat for comments about Charlotte being a ‘party town’ when explaining the high HIV rate in the Queen City. Now calls for an apology are being made.

The time period for students to apply for a magnet school through Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is much earlier this year, going on now through December 18th.

And CMS is trying to figure out why its buses are bursting into flames- we’ll discuss the latest on that.

Earlier this week, a WBTV report questioned Duke Energy's possible influence over what is supposed to be an independent study of the utility's handling of coal ash. Duke Energy and UNC Charlotte, whose researchers were involved with the study, have disputed that report. 

Those stories and much more with our roundup reporters and guest host Erik Spanberg from the Charlotte Business Journal, on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Tom Bullock, reporter for WFAE.

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for The Charlotte Observer.

Kirstin Garriss, government reporter for Spectrum News.

Nick Ochsner, reporter for WBTV.