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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Democratic Senate Candidates In Clt; CMS Equity Committee Meets

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Friday, Jan. 24, 2020

With the North Carolina primary just weeks away, Democratic Candidates for Senate come to Charlotte for a debate. The CMS Equity Committee holds its first meeting to tackle equity issues in the system.  It’s revealed that campaign contributions were made last year to the mayor and city council members prior to MLS talks.  

The North Carolina primary is looming just weeks away and this week, Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate were in Charlotte for a debate. Which candidate made the best case as the right candidate to face Republican Thom Tillis in November?

The CMS Equity Committee held its first meeting Tuesday- the 40 member committee split into subcommittees to attempt to tackle different equity challenges in the system. 

County leaders and CMS officials met this week to talk about what to do regarding the school system's crisis alert system, which doesn't work. What solutions did they reach?

Campaign contributions were made last year to the mayor and city council members by top Panthers officials prior to the MLS talks in Charlotte, says a report from WBTV. We talk about the donations and the response from the recipients of the contributions.

Two area county boards (Catawba and Cabarrus) passed resolutions declaring them “2nd Amendment Sanctuary” counties this week, adding to a growing number of North Carolina counties that have adopted similar resolutions. What do the resolutions mean and how does this fit in with the gun control debate? And what other counties in our area are considering similar resolutions?

Mike Collins and the roundup reporters fill you in about those stories, plus Oprah's visit to the Queen City, the latest on the future of the Nature Museum and more.

Guests:

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of qcitymetro.com

Nick Ochsner, WBTV news reporter 

Steve Harrison, WFAE’s political reporter 

Annie Ma, reporter for the Charlotte Observer

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.