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Charlotte Talks News Roundup: Students Walk Out, Light Rail Opens, Panthers Bidder Emerges

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Students here and around the nation walk out to protest a lack of action on guns.  A possible new owner of the Panthers emerges, and the Lynx Blue Line rides north. Those and other stories on the Local News Roundup.

Students in Charlotte and across the country walk out of class to highlight Washington’s lack of action on guns in the month since the Parkland, Florida shooting. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reiterates its opposition to arming teachers as President Trump releases his school safety proposal.

An e-commerce billionaire is the latest contender to emerge in the sale of the Carolina Panthers, and hip-hopper P. Diddy, who threw his hat in the ring hours after the Jerry Richardson story broke, could be part of this latest bid.

Immigration screening at the Mecklenburg County Jail becomes a flashpoint in the race for sheriff. Incumbent Irwin Carmichael doubles-down on his support for the 287(g) program, while protesters show up at the jail demanding its end.

After a seven-month delay, the billion-dollar Blue Line Extension finally gets rolling.

Mike Collins and the reporters roundtable recap the week's top stories.

GUESTS

David Boraks, reporter, WFAE (@davidboraks)

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

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