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Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Mandatory Face Masks; No Phase 3; Deadly Beatties Ford Shooting

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper delays moving to Phase 3 of reopening and mandates masks be worn in public. A block party on Beatties Ford Road turns deadly – with multiple fatalities and no witnesses willing to come forward. CMPD Chief Kerr Putney makes July 1 his last day, and CMS plans to change the names of schools with ties to racism or slavery.  

On this week’s Charlotte Talks local news roundup …

Just one day after Mayor Vi Lyles appealed to Gov. Cooper to make face masks mandatory across the state, Cooper announces that face masks will, in fact, become mandatory in public in the state and that North Carolina will remain in Phase 2 until at least July 17. What will that mean for businesses that are still closed? We discuss.

A block party along Beatties Ford Road turns deadly when a shooter hits multiple people. The fatalities rose throughout the week as the injured fought for their lives. No suspects have been identified. We’ll have the latest.

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney announces his retirement, effective July 1. We'll talk about why he moved up the date and his possible future plans.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools plans to change the names of all district schools that have ties to racism or slavery, while monuments and statues continue to come down all around the country. What’s being done about Confederate monuments in Charlotte and around the state? A new group was formed to review names of streets and statues around the city.

Mike Collins and guests discuss those stories and more on the local news roundup on Charlotte Talks.

Guests:

Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal

Glenn Burkins, founder and publisher of Qcitymetro.com

Nick Ochsner, WBTV’s Chief Investigative reporter 

Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV 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.