Charlotte Ledger Business Newsletter

Life Inside UNC's 'COVID-19 Dorm'

Aug 29, 2020
Courtesy Emily Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger

For college students and their parents, the last few weeks have been a frustrating and bewildering time. Universities welcomed students and tried to impose sensible restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19. But many were quickly overwhelmed with new cases, and in the last two weeks, some of North Carolina’s largest colleges have hastily moved all classes online and shut their dorms.

School Shutdown Sends Parents Scrambling — In Different Ways

Jul 25, 2020
Courtesy Charlotte Ledger Business Newsletter

In an expansive and airy neighborhood clubhouse in Ballantyne, about 40 parents gather on a Sunday afternoon to talk about the online school year that lies ahead.

Courtesy Cristina Bolling / Charlotte Ledger Business Newsletter

Here’s a startling statistic: Latinos only make up 14% of Mecklenburg County’s population but 38% of its confirmed COVID-19 cases. Most are younger adults. The Charlotte Ledger Business Newsletter's managing editor Cristina Bolling recently looked at how Latinos are coping with COVID-19.

Amid COVID-19, Anxiety And Depression Risks Grow

May 15, 2020
Courtesy The Charlotte Ledger

Andrea Mikels was already struggling with depression, but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit this spring, it couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Desperate Times Call For Black-Market Haircuts

May 8, 2020
Courtesy Charlotte Ledger

You don’t have to work too hard to hear the whispers.

There’s the mom at the Mexican restaurant in Pineville overheard talking about her son’s backyard haircut. The rumors circulating in Ballantyne of a hairdresser making the rounds. The hair stylist who makes a private appointment at a client’s house — and winds up giving the husband a trim, too.

Where The Jobs Are

Apr 1, 2020
surgery
Courtesy of National Cancer Institute

The job losses are staggering: About 3.3 million people filed for jobless claims nationally last week, including about 100,000 in North Carolina. And more could be on the way.

Hearing that information, it can be easy to think that pretty much every business in town is either laying people off or putting expansions on hold. The effect of this crisis is rippling through just about every sector of the economy.

Charlotte skyline
Erin Keever / WFAE

Charlotte, like many places, is beginning to feel the effects of coronavirus. Restaurants say they’re starting to notice more empty tables. Two large conventions planned for this spring have canceled. Charlotte’s largest airline carrier – American Airlines – announced it’s suspending some international flights through the summer and reducing seats on domestic flights next month as a cost saving measure.  And now there won't be any Hornets games after the NBA cancelled the rest of the season. 

For more on this and other business news, WFAE's Morning Edition host Marshall Terry is joined by Tony Mecia of the Charlotte Ledger Business Newsletter for our segment BizWorthy.

bb&t and suntrust
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The $66 billion merger between Winston-Salem’s BB&T and Atlanta’s SunTrust is set to be finalized this week.  The new bank, to be called Truist, will be headquartered in the Hearst Tower in uptown Charlotte. 

For more on what happens next with the merger and other business news "Morning Edition" host Marshall Terry is joined by Tony Mecia of the Charlotte Ledger business newsletter for our segment BizWorthy. 

Charlotte Skyline
DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

Raleigh is known for having more tech jobs than Charlotte but that could soon change. Charlotte is on pace to surpass Raleigh-Durham and be dominant in the process. That's according to reporting in the Charlotte Ledger Business Newsletter. Tony Mecia, a former Charlotte Observer reporter, launched the newsletter in March and it's beating the rest of the media in a lot of business stories. So we invited Tony to join Morning Edition for a new segment to talk business news. He spoke to WFAE's Marshall Terry.