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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Sen. Richard Burr on Fake Facebook Accounts; I-77 Tolls Update

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Guest host Erik Spanberg from the Charlotte Business Journal and a roundtable of reporters tackle North Carolina Senator Richard Burr’s reaction to 32 fake Facebook accounts and their possible ties to Russia. Plus, a dockless bicycle company is moving out of the Queen City, and we'll have an update on when the I-77 Tolls may open, all on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

On the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup...

Facebook has shut down 32 accounts that it says were operating to influence or disrupt the midterm elections. Senator Richard Burr from North Carolina, the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee says this points to the continuation of Russia’s alleged efforts to influence US Elections. 

One of the companies providing the popular dockless bicycles in Charlotte has pulled out. China-based ofo describes Charlotte as a market that “presents obstacles”.

More news on tolls... we'll have an update on where the I-77 Toll Lane project stands, when it is expected to open, and whether it’s on schedule.

And Hamilton ticket fever swept Charlotte this week. Tickets for the blockbuster musical beginning on October 10th in Charlotte went on sale Thursday morning, and were sold out within hours... but not before bots temporarily shut down the website for online sales for the Broadway production. We'll bring details. 

Guest host Erik Spanberg from the Charlotte Business Journal and our roundtable of reporters will bring you those stories and more on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

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Guest host Erik Spanberg from the Charlotte Business Journal

Guests:

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of Q City Metro

Alexandra Olgin, WFAE Reporter 

Ely Portillo, reporter for the Charlotte Observer