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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: South Carolina Prison Riot; Council's Mayfield Questions 9/11

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Friday, April 20, 2018

A deadly prison riot in South Carolina ends with seven inmates dead and 17 injured.  City Council’s Lawana Mayfield turns heads after a post she made on Facebook speculating that the 9-11 attacks weren’t real.  Vice President Mike Pence visit Charlotte Friday to stump for Robert Pittenger.  And another chapter in the unfolding Atrium health saga.  All that and more on the 20th Anniversary edition of Charlotte Talks.

On this edition of the local news roundup…

A deadly prison riot in South Carolina this week ended with 7 inmates dead and 17 injured in a likely dispute over territory and contraband at the Lee Correctional Facility in Bishopville, SC.

Meanwhile here in North Carolina, prisons are in the headlines for their own set of problems-- of corruption by officers and violence in their correctional institutions.

Charlotte City Council Member Lawana Mayfield turned heads this week after a post she made on Facebook questioning whether the 9-11 terrorist attacks were real. We’ll talk about what she said and reactions from near and far.

Vice President Mike Pence visits Charlotte on Friday, joining with fellow Republicans Congressman Robert Pittenger, Senator Thom Tillis and Lt. Governor Dan Forest on a panel about a Republican led tax cut and jobs act. We’ll talk about the details.

In the next chapter of the Atrium Health saga, doctors trying to separate from the health organization have filed a complaint with the North Carolina Medical Board saying that Atrium is intentionally interfering with patient choice by misleading patients to stay in the system rather than follow their doctors. We’ll hear more.

Guests:

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for the Charlotte Observer

Erik Spanberg, senior staff writer for the Charlotte Business Journal

Kirstin Garriss, government reporter for Spectrum News 

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE

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And today marks the 20th Anniversary of Charlotte Talks. Mike Collins began hosting the show on April 20, 1998 with then Mecklenburg County Commission candidates from District 1 Joel Carter and Edna Chirico. Thanks to Mike for 20 years of great radio, fascinating interviews and thoughtful coverage.