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Local News Roundup: CMS staff absences may mean tough decisions; CMPD crime numbers released; COVID-19 hospitalization record

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The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department released numbers for 2021. The numbers show that violent crime was down last year, but there’s still much to do about teens and guns and violent crime is still higher than it was a decade ago. We’ll take a look.

This week, a panel of judges in North Carolina decided not to throw out redistricting maps drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, but that’s not the end of the story. An appeal is in the works. We’ll explain.

More mapping news in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, where a rare decision to reverse an earlier vote puts a precinct that had been moved in a vote last fall back to its earlier district. We’ll talk about why the change was made.

COVID-19 has caused many staff absences for CMS this year, and that might force the school district to move to some remote learning. We’ll give an update on CMS and their challenges with omicron, as well as what’s happening in other districts around the listening area.

A challenge to the candidacy of U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn because of his involvement in the January 6 rally has been delayed. We’ll talk about the challenge and why it has been postponed.

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

Guests:

Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal

Nick Ochsner, WBTV’s executive producer for investigations & chief investigative reporter

Ann Doss Helms, WFAE education reporter

Hunter Saenz, WCNC 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.