News Desk

Erin Keever / WFAE

Friday, November 3 2017

Host Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters gather at Birdsong Brewery in NoDa to talk about the local election.  We’re just a few days away from electing our 6th mayor in 4 years, several members of city council and school board members, too.  We’ll talk about the latest on the candidates, the races and the other items on the ballot you’ll want to keep your eye on. 

Twitter / Janeen Bryant

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

What happens when thousands of people meet to talk about improving Charlotte? Mike Collins sits down with organizers and attendees of "On The Table CLT," then gets an update on the troubles facing Wells Fargo.

A federal court is going through with plans to hire an outside expert to redraw several North Carolina legislative districts because judges are concerned Republican lawmakers earlier this year did not fix problems involving racial bias found in some boundaries. An order from a three-judge panel Wednesday appointed a Stanford University law professor to redraw two Senate and seven House districts by December 1. 


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Mike Collins examines the slow progress being made by women in the corporate world, at how Charlotte and North Carolina compare to the nation and at efforts to increase the progress of women.

Coal ash is being excavated from Duke Energy's closed Riverbend coal plant on Mountain Island Lake.
David Boraks / WFAE

Duke Energy has removed about 13 million tons of coal ash at five plants in North Carolina as it complies with federal and state cleanup requirements. But ten times that amount remains in the ground across the state, and not all that will be removed.

Duke Energy

What if a dam holding back coal ash burst at one of Duke Energy's coal plants in the Carolinas or Midwest? Newly released maps from Duke show many properties would be inundated, including some homes and docks. The maps are now public, after environmentalists threatened to sue. 

Santee Cooper and SCE&G had been adding two reactors at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County.
Santee Cooper

The parent company of one of the utilities that abandoned a nuclear power project in South Carolina says two of its top executives are retiring. The moves come as SCANA faces scrutiny over the failure to complete an expansion of the V.C Summer Nuclear Plant. 


Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

The release of documents in the Kennedy assassination provided more grist for the conspiracy theory mill. Mike Collins looks at how conspiracy theories became a part of culture, then hears about horror stories and folklores from the creator of the "Lore" podcast.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Host Mike Collins sits down with the new president of Central Piedmont Community College, Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer. She shares her vision for the school and her focus on student success with an eye toward economic mobility for Charlotteans.

Sheep from a local farm are grazing to keep grass down beneath the panels at Duke Energy's Monroe solar farm.
David Boraks / WFAE

On a country road south of Monroe in Union County, near a golf course and soybean fields, is a new kind of farm - a solar farm.  This spring, Duke Energy began generating electricity from 684,000 solar panels here, the largest solar farm in the Charlotte region and one of the largest in the state.