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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Coronavirus In Mecklenburg County; RNC Full Speed Ahead

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Erin Keever
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Friday, April 17th, 2020

The latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Mecklenburg and beyond.  Bank of America’s profits are cut in half this quarter.  Small businesses can now apply for low-interest loans in Mecklenburg County.  Plans for the RNC are still moving "full speed ahead," and the Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey is now the NFL’s highest paid running back.

On the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup ...

We take a look at the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and its impact in Mecklenburg County and beyond. We’ll have the latest on the number of cases and deaths in our area and whether those numbers are beginning to decline.

Earnings are in and Charlotte-based Bank of America’s profits were cut in half this quarter because the bank is setting aside money in preparation for defaults that are likely because of the effects of the coronavirus. We’ll look into that and how other financial institutions are faring.

Small businesses can now apply for a low-interest loan in Mecklenburg County, under a new program  that began on Tuesday. The program would help small businesses hurt by the impact of the coronavirus, and $6 million was approved by county commissioners to fund it. But the money is going fast. We’ll discuss.

Planners for the upcoming Republican National Convention in Charlotte say the convention is still running “full speed ahead” but plans are being made to achieve social distancing and the possibility that everyone might wear a mask.

And the Carolina Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey is now the NFL’s highest paid running back.

Mike Collins will go through those stories and more with area journalists coming up on the next Charlotte Talks local news roundup.

Guests:

Glenn Burkins, founder and publisher of www.qcitymetro.com

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com and WCCB 

Katie Peralta, senior editor for Charlotte Agenda

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE

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.