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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Super Tuesday Results; Local Preparation For Coronavirus

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Friday, March 6, 2020

State officials are advising residents to stay calm in the face of the first patient in North Carolina with coronavirus. Politics has been on the front burner all week as Super Tuesday pushed Joe Biden to the top of the Democratic presidential list but voters also said "yes" to Senate candidate Cal Cunningham and gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest.  

On this edition of the Charlotte Talks local news roundup …

As coronavirus has its first North Carolina patient, state and medical officials advise residents to keep calm and wash their hands. They assure the public that the state is prepared for an outbreak of the virus.

Politics has been on the front burner here in the Queen City all week as candidates for President (including Donald Trump) came in and out of the region in advance of Super Tuesday.

In addition to a big win for Joe Biden here and in other states around the country, there were also primary wins for U.S. Senate, as Cal Cunningham moves ahead to face incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis in November, and Dan Forest will run against Gov. Roy Cooper for North Carolina Governor. We’ll run through the candidates who have made it through the primary and are now eyeing November.

A bit of closure may be on the horizon for the family of Scott Brooks, the co-owner of Brooks Sandwich House in NoDa, as police arrest a suspect this week for his killing back in December.

CATS won’t meet the city’s climate goals. We’ll hear why CATS CEO John Lewis says they’ll come up short.

And a development plan in Ballantyne goes before City Council, but there are concerns that it doesn’t include enough affordable housing. 

Mike Collins and a panel of Charlotte-area reporters go through those stories and more on the Charlotte Talks local news roundup.

Guests:

Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal 

Katie Peralta, senior editor at Charlotte Agenda 

Glenn Burkins, founder and publisher of QCityMetro.com

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE 

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