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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: NC Stay-At-Home Extended To May 8; Raleigh Protest; SC Reopens

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Governor Cooper extends North Carolina's stay-at-home order to May 8. Protesters get restless over closures in North Carolina even as South Carolina loosens restrictions.  Atrium Health announces work-hour reductions in a cost-saving measure. McCrae Dowless is in more hot water. And a new draft pick for the Carolina Panthers.

On the next Charlotte Talks local news roundup ...

We take look at the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and its impact in Mecklenburg County and beyond, including Gov. Roy Cooper's extension of the stay-at-home order till May 8. We'll talk about the extension and the governor's reopen plan, which includes several phases. We’ll have the latest on the number of cases and deaths in our area and whether those numbers are beginning to decline.

We’ll talk about North Carolina’s move to begin a contact tracing effort in the state to identify those who have come into contact with people with coronavirus, and we’ll recap the protest in Raleigh this week from a group that wants stay-at-home to end now.

In South Carolina, restrictions on some businesses have been pulled back and beaches reopened this week (even while schools in the state will remain closed until fall). The state joins several others whose governors have said they’ll reopen this week in an effort to restart the economy. But is what they’re doing safe? Will we run the risk of a new wave of coronavirus victims? We’ll look into what’s happening.

Health care workers at Atrium Health are facing reduced hours even in the midst of a pandemic- some are also seeing their pay reduced. The hospitals say they need to save money. We bring the details.

McCrae Dowless is seeing more legal trouble and is facing federal charges. He’s the political operative who was at the center of the 9th Congressional District’s voter fraud scandal in 2018. Now he’s been indicted on social security fraud charges. We’ll discuss.

And who is the latest NFL draft pick for the Carolina Panthers?

Mike Collins will delve into those stories and more with area journalists coming up on the local news roundup.

Guests:

Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal

Nick Ochsner, WBTV’s Chief Investigative reporter

Ann Doss Helms, WFAE Education Reporter

Claire Donnelly, WFAE Health 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.