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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Arts Sales Tax Voted Down; Other Election Results; CMPD Policy

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Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

Voters in Mecklenburg say “no” to the sales tax hike for arts, education and parks.  What this might mean for funding these programs now, plus a look at other results in an election that brought out only 17% of eligible voters.  CMPD unveils their new use-of-force policy, and Cam Newton goes on injured reserve, finishing his season.

On the next Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup…

Voters in Mecklenburg County said “no” to the raising the county’s sales tax by a quarter-cent to raise money for the arts, education and parks. What will that mean for funding for these programs in the future? We’ll discuss the details… we also delve into other local elections and the newly elected school board for Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney announced a new use-of-force policy for the department that lays out specific situations where de-escalation should be used. The new "Response to Resistance" policy comes after this summer’s recommendation by the Citizens’ Review Board that said the department needs to focus on de-escalation.

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Mike Collins, host of Charlotte Talks

And Cam Newton is now officially on the injured reserved list, leaving many sports experts saying that he’s already played his last game as a Carolina Panther.

Mike Collins and Charlotte area journalists cover those stories and much more on this week’s Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal 

Jonathan Lowe, reporter/ anchor for Spectrum News 

Steve Harrison, WFAE’s political reporter 

Nick Ochsner, chief investigative reporter at WBTV

Charlotte Talks Executive Producer Wendy Herkey has been with WFAE since 1998, beginning in the membership department, and has been on the Charlotte Talks staff since 1999.