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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Arrest In 9th District Fraud Investigation; State Of The State

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Friday, March 1, 2019

McCrae Dowless, the central figure in the 9th District Election fraud investigation is charged with obstruction and illegal ballot possession. Mark Harris decides not to run again in that race. Gov. Roy Cooper outlines his priorities for the state. Another gun turns up at a CMS school, and the murder trial of Rayquan Boram begins. 

On this edition of the Charlotte Talks local news roundup-  

The news from election fraud investigation into the 9th District Congressional election continues this week. Most recently in the news, political operative McCrae Dowless, who has been the central figure in the election fraud case, has been arrested and charged with obstruction and illegal ballot possession — not only in the 2018 election but in 2016 as well.

In addition to Dowless' arrest, politicians in the 9th District are declaring whether they are — or are not — going to run in the new election. Mark Harris will not run, nor will former Gov. Pat McCrory. Dan McCready is running again. We'll talk about those and some other potential candidates.

Gov. Roy Cooper outlined his priorities for North Carolina in his State of the State address this week. They included support for public schools, hurricane-ravaged areas of the state, an expansion of Medicaid and more.

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Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins

Another gun was on campus at a CMS high school- this time, Myers Park. We discuss the confusion involved in the communication of the incident from officials.

And three days into the murder trial of Rayquan Borum, a recording of a phone conversation that threatens the judge in the trial surfaces. We'll bring you the latest.

Mike Collins and a panel of local reporters will bring you those stories and more.

Guests:

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for the Charlotte Observer

Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal

Jonathan Lowe, reporter for Spectrum News

Steve Harrison, WFAE’s Political Reporter