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Local News Roundup: Charlotte redistricting approved; CMS concerns over guns; Atrium request questioned by County Commission; Cam is back

Cam Newton

Charlotte City Council approved itsredistricting maps this week. Activists from Hidden Valley packed the meeting hoping to convince the council not to move their precincts, but were unsuccessful. We’ll have details.

There's turmoil within Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as guns and violence continue to resurface across the district. Community members are calling for accountability and are critical of CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston.

The CMS board also approved new maps this week. The maps split Mecklenburg’s southern suburban towns into three separate districts. We’ll talk about the heated debate at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Last week, we discussed Atrium Health’s plans for a proposed “innovation district” and asked for $75 million from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to support the project. This week, questions were raised in the county commission about the need for that support. We’ll talk about what was said.

And after a shaky season so far, the Carolina Panthers have agreed to bring Cam Newton back into the fold. Yes, he's back! We'll have the story.

Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters delve into those stories and all the week’s top news on the Charlotte Talks local news roundup.


  • Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal
  • Katie Peralta Soloff, reporter for Axios Charlotte
  • Jonathan Lowe, anchor/reporter for Spectrum News
  • Ann Doss Helms, WFAE education reporter

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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.