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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup In Rock Hill: Biden Seeks Comeback; CMS Survey Irks Parents

Friday, Feb. 28, 2020

On the eve of the crucial South Carolina Democratic presidential primary, the Local News Roundup heads to Amelie's in Rock Hill to preview Saturday's vote, and recap the week's news -- including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' controversial student survey on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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The caucus results in Nevada had barely been tallied before the Democratic candidates for president packed their bags for South Carolina and Saturday's "first in the South" primary. So Charlotte Talks has set up shop, too, at Amelie's French Bakery in Rock Hill.

Former Vice President Joe Biden put all his chips on South Carolina in an attempt to retake frontrunner status from Sen. Bernie Sanders. The tide might be in Biden's favor as polls show him with a commanding lead, and the state's top African American official, Rep. Jim Clyburn, endorsed Biden.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools found itself having to explain why students in grades 6-12 were given a survey about their gender identity and sexual orientation. The school board, meanwhile, had to scale back the size of three high schools that were part of a bond package voters approved in 2017.

Also, the will-he-stay, won't-he-stay question about Cam Newton seemed to be resolved this week, and the CIAA tipped off it's last (for now?) tournament in Charlotte.

GUESTS

Mary C. Curtis, Roll Call columnist and WCCB News contributor (@mcurtisnc3)

Cailyn Derickson, The Herald, reporter (@cailynderickson)

Steve Harrison, WFAE political reporter, co-host of the "Inside Politics" podcast (@Sharrison_WFAE)

Jonathan Lowe, Spectrum News, reporter and anchor (@JonathanUpdates)

Ann Doss Helms, WFAE education reporter (@anndosshelms)

A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.