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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Local Response to Florida Shooting; Election Season Opens

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Friday, February 16, 2018

After this week's deadly shooting at a school in Florida, local officials are talking about the need for better security at our local schools. We'll talk about what was said. At least 45 people were arrested in Charlotte this week in a “coordinated takedown” of violent offenders.  We get into who was arrested and why it happened now.  Election filing opens. Details on who’s running and the races to watch.  Mike Collins and the roundup reporters go through those stories and more on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup. 

On this edition of the local news roundup…

Seventeen people were killed and more injured when a 19-year-old gunman opened fire in a Florida High School this week. We'll talk about the response to the attack from local officials and what they propose to keep students in our area safe.

At least 45 people have been arrested in Charlotte this week in what has been called a “coordinated takedown” of violent offenders. CMPD, the US Attorney’s office, the ATF and the Department of Public Safety all worked together in the effort. We’ll talk about who was arrested and why the effort happened now. 

New legislation has passed in the state house that gives NC school districts more time to reduce K-3 class size and more funding to pay for the additional teachers. CMS officials look at the legislation as positive, but some say this is not enough. We’ll discuss the details.

Election filing has now opened, officially kicking off campaign season for the 2018 local election. Who is running and where will the big races be?

And, might we finally see some movement on the future of the Eastland Mall site? Officials say there could be a plan in place by the summer. We’ll get an update on the progress.

Those stories and much more with Mike Collins and the Roundup Reporters on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup, this morning at 9 on 90.7 WFAE.

Guests:

Tom Bullock, reporter for WFAE

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of Q City Metro 

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for the Charlotte Observer 

Erik Spanberg, senior staff writer for the Charlotte Business Journal 

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This week's roundup was broadcast live from Amelie's Bakery in uptown. Left to right: Mike Collins, Erik Spanberg, Glenn Burkins, Ann Doss Helms, and Tom Bullock.