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Local News Roundup: Gov. Cooper Says To Return Kids To Classrooms; Greg Phipps Replaces Councilman Mitchell; COVID-19 Update

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Some of this week's stories: Gov. Roy Cooper says it's time for kids to go back to school; Greg Phipps (bottom right) takes the vacant, at-large seat on Charlotte City Council; disparities in vaccine availability.

On the next Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup:

Gov. Roy Cooper says it’s time to send students in North Carolina back to the classroom. His announcement Tuesday was part of a bipartisan effort to address the toll remote learning is having on students, teachers and families.

Charlotte City Council has named Greg Phipps as an at-large city council member, replacing James “Smuggie” Mitchell, who resigned last month. But the decision was not without heated debate. We’ll discuss.

After last weekend’s mass vaccination event at Bank of America Stadium, efforts are still being made to make it easier to access COVID-19 vaccinations. We’ll have an update on COVID-19 cases, the vaccine and more.

And are the Hornets becoming relevant again because of rookie LaMelo Ball? We’ll bring you up to date.

Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters delve into the week’s top news on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal
Glenn Burkins, founder and publisher of Qcitymetro.com
Katie Peralta, senior editor for Charlotte Agenda
Ann Doss Helms, WFAE education 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.