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Charlotte Talks Friday News Roundup: DOT Advisory Group Violate State Law? Why CLT Didn't Get Amazon

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Friday, January 26, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks local news roundup, did an NCDOT advisory group have a meeting that violated open meeting laws this week? A raucous, contentious school board meeting ends with CMS taking a stronger stand for LGBTQ students.  City Council reinstates TV broadcasts of their twice-monthly public forums.  Last week, Amazon turned Charlotte down, and this week we learned why.  Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters expound on those stories and more.

On this edition of the local news roundup…

An advisory group set up by the NC DOT to study the I-77 toll project met in the Lake Norman area earlier this week and did not allow the public to attend. This could violate the state's open meeting law. We'll talk about what we know about what happened at the meeting and why the meeting was closed.

A raucous and contentious school board meeting this week (including one speaker being physically removed from the meeting) ended in a 7-2 vote for CMS to take a stronger stand in its support for LGBTQ students. What this will mean for those students throughout the district.

Charlotte City Council will begin to broadcast the public forums portion of their meetings this month after an effort to reinstate the live stream by city councilman Braxton Winston as an effort toward increased transparency.

Last week, we learned that Amazon did not name Charlotte to its short list of cities in competition for its second headquarters, but this week, the company gave area leaders some feedback on why Charlotte didn’t make the cut. We’ll go through some reasons and reaction from the Charlotte Regional Partnership.

Now that the government shutdown is over- for now- what did our area senators and representatives have to say during the negotiation to get the government back up and running…

And a silver lining to the end of the Panthers’ season- Greg Olsen is still in the running for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

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

Guests:

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for the Charlotte Observer

Erik Spanberg, senior staff writer for the Charlotte Business Journal

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of Q City Metro

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE