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Local News Roundup: COVID-19 Hospitalizations Up; NC Vaccine Priorities; Charlotte Transit Referendum In 2021?

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On the Charlotte Talks local news roundup:

The Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone and with it is an expected surge in coronavirus cases across the country. Locally, there are more COVID-19 related hospitalizations and cases, including an outbreak at a prison. Was it wise to hold an in-person event in "hot spot" Gaston County that drew a large crowd?

Speaking of the pandemic, now that multiple vaccines are making headway toward FDA approval, Gov. Roy Cooper announced North Carolina will soon receive around 85,000 doses of the new Pfizer vaccine. We’ll talk about where the doses are coming from and who will get them.

This week, Mayor Vi Lyles said she’s calling for a 2021 referendum on building out our transit system in the Queen City. It’s a move being done around the country, and the mayor say in Charlotte we can’t afford to wait. We’ll talk about what she said about it and the special task force working on the issue.

And several streets in Charlotte may get name changes because of their ties to white supremacy and the Confederacy. We’ll talk about which ones, and potential new names.

Those stories and more as Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters delve into this week’s top news on the Charlotte Talks local news roundup.


David Boraks, reporter for WFAE
Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV Reporter
Glenn Burkins, founder and publisher of qcitymetro.com
Katie Peralta, senior editor for Charlotte Agenda

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.