Charlotte Observer: Romney, Democrats Feud Over Medicare

Aug 24, 2012

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves as he leaves a fundraiser at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. TODD SUMLIN Speaking in Charlotte on Wednesday, Republican Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of cutting Medicare - as each campaign charged the other with attempting to dismantle the federal health care program. The Medicare debate has raged since Romney named as his running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the architect of a plan that would dramatically change the system.

Slam Poets Take National Stage In Charlotte

Aug 24, 2012

City Council Unanimous On Eastland Mall Purchase

Aug 24, 2012

Eastland Mall. Photo: Iwasteela/Flickr Charlotte residents will soon be the proud owners of their very own deserted shopping mall. Last night the City Council voted unanimously to acquire Eastland Mall for $13 million. An audience of film industry workers and east-side neighborhood leaders gave the vote a standing ovation. Councilman John Autry says movie production companies have expressed serious interest in building soundstages on the 80-acre site. "But it'll be more than just a bunch of boxes there where people are shooting film in," said Autry.

CMPD: Crime Up 4 Percent This Year

Aug 24, 2012

After several years of double digit drops in crime, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police report an overall increase of 4 percent since the start of this year. CMPD credits much of the recent improvement in crime rates to a focus on putting repeat offenders behind bars. Now, Deputy Chief Kerr Putney says new people are taking their place.

Mistaken Vote Passes Fracking Law

Aug 24, 2012

Rep. Becky Carney If all went as expected, House Republicans would have failed Monday in their effort to override Gov. Perdue's veto of legislation that allows fracking of natural gas. The veto was successful by one vote, but one of those votes was a mistake. Democratic Representative Becky Carney of Charlotte says she accidentally pressed the wrong button. When she realized her mistake, she called out to House Speaker Tillis to change her vote. "I kept my light on and I walked up to the front. Several people were standing over, looking over at the vote tally.

Local Reaction To The Health Care Act

Aug 24, 2012 MSC Industrial Plans 'Co-HQ' At Exit 30, Up To 400 Jobs

Aug 24, 2012

The property is off I-77 Exit 30, behind Homewood Suites. MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc., a New York-based distributor of metalworking and industrial supplies, announced Wednesday it plans to co-locate its corporate headquarters in Davidson, creating as many as 400 jobs over the next five years. The company picked Davidson over sites in South Carolina, Kentucky and Charlotte. MSC plans to buy 14.7 acres off I-77 Exit 30 that long has been planned for a corporate office development.

Council Rejects Property Tax Hike

Aug 24, 2012

In a dramatic upset Monday night, the Charlotte City Council rejected a property tax increase and upended the city's entire budget process. Council voted 6 to 5 against raising property taxes by 8% to fund $926 million in infrastructure projects. The vote took several council members and Mayor Anthony Foxx by surprise. "What has just been done tonight is perhaps the most irresponsible decision I've seen the city council make in history," said Foxx. Newcomers to the council - Democrats Claire Fallon and Beth Pickering - voted against the tax increase.

School uniforms donated by Belk. Photo: Lisa Miller Parents and kids are shopping for school clothes. For many Charlotte-Mecklenburg School students it's not much of a choice. About a third of CMS schools require kids to wear uniforms like a solid color shirt and khakis. Most of them have lots of students from low-income families. Regina Boyd is the principal of Winterfield Elementary school on Charlotte's east side. "It's actually a strategy for us to balance the playing field and take that stress off of, 'What am I going to buy for my children?

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has released student end of year test scores for all of its schools, except two. West Charlotte and Harding high schools didn't have enough students taking the tests to post official scores for those schools. The state requires a school to test 95 percent of students in a course. Last night, school board members asked what happened. Superintendent Heath Morrison questioned whether leaders at West Charlotte tried hard enough to get students to take them. But at Harding he said it was a different case.

Details Of DNC 2012 Security Plan Unveiled

Aug 24, 2012

CMPD To Install Gunshot Detection System

Aug 24, 2012

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have received city council permission to install technology that will identify the exact time and location of a gunshot. CMPD Deputy Chief Harold Medlock says the city will deploy the system in one neighborhood with a high rate of violent crime. That test location has not been chosen yet, says Medlock. A series of small antennae will be placed on rooftops to speed up police response.

North Carolina utility regulators have ordered former Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson to give his side of the ongoing saga over his sudden ouster. Earlier this week, Duke CEO Jim Rogers testified a "lack of confidence" in Johnson's leadership skills led the board of the newly-merged companies to fire the Progress CEO rather than making him head of the company. Johnson has been ordered to testify before the North Carolina Utilities Commission next Thursday, along with two former Progress Energy board members, Marie McKee and James Hyler. Both now sit on the new Duke board.