Screenshot / Spectrum News North Carolina

Updated 4:24 p.m. 

Wednesday afternoon, Charlotte Fire Marshall John Leonard said investigators determined an interior gas leak caused the explosion that leveled a home in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte. 

Rania Karam, 58, was killed when her home on James Jack Lane exploded around 1:45 p.m.  Her husband, Jebran Karam, a cardiologist practicing at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia, was seriously injured in the explosion.

The fire department says it took rescuers about seven hours find Rania Karam in the debris. 

With mere days to go before the election, a federal judge in Winston-Salem is hearing arguments over the cancelations of up to 4,500 voter registrations in the eastern half of North Carolina.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The Obama administration has released its latest plan for oil and gas drilling off-shore the United States. It excludes restricts Alaska, but opens up parts of the Atlantic Ocean, including off the coast of North Carolina.

We have discussed global warming and how we can reduce our carbon footprint several times on this show but we generally focused on the debate about whether climate change is real and man-made. Our guest today, film director Peter Byck, decided to forget the debate. He simply traveled the country to meet people who were actively reducing their carbon footprint whether they believed in global warming or not. These people just think it’'s smarter to use less energy or to create it more efficiently. Byck sees these innovators and entrepreneurs as part of “Carbon Nation” and he made a film by the same name. He'’ll join us when Charlotte Talks.

North America As An Oil And Gas Producer

Aug 14, 2012

America’s energy policy remains one of the most hotly contested topics in the upcoming election. To some, Jack Gerard could be called the face of Big Oil. Mr. Gerard is President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute and he says that North America has vast reserves of oil and natural gas that should be developed. He and other supporters of increased domestic production say that jobs would be created, the economy bolstered and we’d be less dependent on foreign oil.