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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Butler High School Shooting; Early Voting; PA Synagogue Shooting

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Friday, November 2, 2018

A Butler High School student was shot and killed by another student this week.  That, combined with the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting, has people here focusing on guns.  The midterm elections are Tuesday and we are experiencing a surge in early voting.  And Creative Loafing goes out of print. Mike Collins and the Roundup Reporters discuss that and more.

As students, teachers and their families mourn the loss of a student after the fatal shooting at Matthews’ Butler High School, the tragedy shines a light on CMS’ ability to keep guns out of our schools. We’ll discuss the details of the fatal shooting - believed to be the first on a CMS campus - and its aftermath, and how Superintendent Clayton Wilcox and others have responded.  

Another fatal shooting, the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, which killed 11 people, has many people across the country (including here in Charlotte) speaking out about guns, mental health and questions about just what’s happening in America. We hear some of the reflection.

The midterm election is creeping close, so we take a look at the surge in early voting here and around the US, at who’s voting, and a discussion about some of the races getting attention.

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Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins

Creative Loafing was sold on Wednesday, shortly after the latest edition was published, and is ending its print edition, leaving the 7-member full time staff without jobs. What the editor and others said about the surprise move.

Host Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters detail those stories and much more on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for the Charlotte Observer

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of QCityMetro.com

Nick Ochsner, WBTV news reporter 

Steve Harrison, WFAE’s Political Reporter