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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: NC Voter ID Law Setback; Charter Schools Make Room For Diversity

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Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

Photo ID for voters is in limbo in North Carolina.  Longer rush hour waits are coming for light rail riders in the Queen City,  and the state's charter schools are planning to increase diversity.  That and Ryan Newman is out of the hospital after a horrific wreck in the Daytona 500.

On this edition of the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup…

North Carolina’s Photo ID law faces another setback as a state appellate court issued a ruling on Tuesday that blocked the law indefinitely. The judges in the case said that the photo ID law now is “likely to disproportionately impact African American voters to their detriment.”

Riders of Charlotte’s light rail will have to wait longer during rush hour starting this Spring. We’ll talk about CATS’ explanation for the upcoming daily delays.

Charter Schools around the state, including Mecklenburg County, are setting aside seats for disadvantaged students in admission lotteries in an effort to increase diversity at those schools. What will the impact be for those students?

And after a horrible crash in the final lap of the Daytona 500 (reminding many of the crash that killed Dale Earnhardt), NASCAR driver and Statesville Resident Ryan Newman has been released from a Florida hospital.

We’ll take you through those stories and much more on the Local News Roundup, on the next Charlotte Talks.

Guests:

Glenn Burkins, founder and publisher of qcitymetro.com 

Nick Ochsner, WBTV's Chief Investigative Reporter 

Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV reporter 

Ann Doss Helms, WFAE education reporter

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.