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Schools in multiple area counties receive numerous bomb threats resulting in lockdowns and a promise to prosecute the perpetrator or perpetrators. Unruly behavior at Carowinds results in a chaperone rule. Actors Theatre is set to close its doors for good. Gaston County Schools continues to have payroll problems. And CATS drivers vote on a new contract.
From phones to computers to a significant chunk of the digital economy, for better or worse, Apple is deeply ingrained in much of American life. But New York Times reporter Tripp Mickle argues that the company has gone astray. We speak to the Charlotte native about his new book.
Charlotte's City Council was sworn in for a new term earlier this month, and there's no shortage of issues to tackle. From a council member facing an investigation from the State Bureau of Investigation to the ongoing questions of public transit and affordable housing, we discuss with the new mayor pro tem and members of the City Council.
Members of Gen Z have reached the minimum age for running for Congress: 25. Their lives have been shaped by change and tumult. Mike Collins and our panel look at how that has shaped the Gen Z approach to politics and what it might mean for the country.
Republicans in South Carolina tried to pass a bill banning abortions in the state but failed. A day later, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham proposed federal legislation to ban abortion after 15 weeks. But according to the latest Winthrop Poll, 75% of residents in 11 southern states including the Palmetto State believe a woman should be able to get a legal abortion. We talk about that poll and abortion politics.
Charlotte's new City Council holds its first meeting and shuffles the deck. The Department of Justice sends $1 million to the city's Alternatives to Violence program. The SBI is asked to investigate Councilman James Mitchell. And, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham proposes a federal abortion ban. Those stories and more.
North Carolina is often a bellwether for national elections. But one author writes that, for better or worse, the state also influences things like judicial laws, political spending and gerrymandering. We speak with James Piltch about the outsized influence of the Tar Heel State on national politics.
We revisit a conversation with author Dan Chapman about his new book "A Road Running Southward." Chapman follows the environmental journey John Muir made through the South in the 1860s. He compares the region then to the region now and explores the price we are paying for industrial growth.
The Presidents Cup is coming to Charlotte soon. That means some of the best men's golfers in the world will be in town — it could also spur big investments in the city. We shoot for the fairway with the U.S. team captain and two major players behind the event.
A new mayor pro tem for City Council as the mayor and other City Council members are sworn in. Details emerge about the investigation into NC Senator Richard Burr's stock sales and the Panthers' season opener is Sunday. These stories and more with guest host Erik Spanberg and a panel of journalists.
Macy joins Charlotte Talks to discuss her new book "Raising Lazarus." It looks at the latest waves of the opioid epidemic and where the effort to hold those accountable stands. Macy also wrote "Dopesick," which was turned into a miniseries on Hulu.
Class is back in session at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. We sit down with interim Superintendent, Hugh Hattabaugh, to discuss teacher retention and pay, an improvement in test results (although they did not return to pre-pandemic levels), how the district plans to reduce chronic absenteeism and more.
Dorothy Counts-Scoggins integrated Charlotte public schools as a teenager in 1957. Guest host Gwendolyn Glenn from WFAE sits down with Scoggins to talk about her experiences now 65 years ago.
School's back in session at CMS but they plan on going back even earlier next year. State test scores are out. Stephen Curry becomes a Davidson graduate and is celebrated around the region. And, Duke Energy rates are rising 10% in western and central North Carolina. Mike Collins and a roundtable of reporters discuss those stories and more.
From the insurrection on Jan. 6 to a rise in political violence, many experts consider this a moment of crisis for American democracy. But one historian argues the country has faced similar challenges before, and those lessons can shed light on how to build a stronger, more vibrant democracy than ever before.
With the first week of classes underway in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, we sit down with CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings to discuss the record number of guns found on CMS campuses the last academic year and the effectiveness of body scanners in middle and high schools, as well as the slight uptick of crime throughout Charlotte.
The Unified Development Ordinance has been approved by Charlotte's City Council, and the document includes development regulations from parking to affordable housing. The plan was contentious and may still change before it goes into effect next year. We speak with Charlotte's Interim Planning Director and local analysts.
After more than a year of debate, Charlotte City Council passed the Unified Development Ordinance. Monkeypox hospitalizations are on the rise and CMS prepares for the first day of school. Mike Collins and local journalists talk through these stories and more.
While the most famous shipwreck in the world may be the Titanic, there are an estimated three million ships sitting at the bottom of the ocean. We talk to one author that argues there is much to learn about technology, failure and progress both below and above the surface from these lonely vessels in his new book "Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic."
Mike Collins and a roundtable of reporters discuss the swirl of issues surrounding education as schools prepare to welcome students back to the classroom. From declining public school enrollment to COVID, school safety concerns, and more.
Mike Collins and local business reporters examine the unusual combination of forces working on the economy, from high inflation to low unemployment and slow growth, and the challenges it presents to local businesses.
A federal judge reinstates North Carolina's 20-week abortion ban while South Carolina's Supreme Court stops a near-total abortion ban from going into effect. Charlotte F.C. decides on a headquarters location and the City Council moves closer to a possible social district. Mike Collins and local journalists break down these and other stories from the week's news.
Unlike our ancestors, we live in an age of abundance. That should make us happy. Trouble is, many of us are overindulging and that's making us sick and unhappy. The question is why? One possible answer: a little drug in our brains called dopamine.
While 15% of people in Mecklenburg struggle to put food on the table, an even greater number can't find healthy food choices. One way people are trying to solve this problem is through urban farming. We meet some urban farmers and learn about their efforts and how they're meeting a growing need for healthy, affordable food.
Charlotte's Pride Festival and Parade returns this week against a backdrop of hate crimes targeting the LGBTQ+ community along with concerns over monkeypox, which is circulating especially among gay men. On the next Charlotte Talks, Mike Collins talks with LGBTQ+ leaders about this year's event and the state of civil rights.
Charlotte's Epicentre finds a buyer. It just happens to be the creditor the complex owed when it declared bankruptcy. Teachers are still needed to fill positions before school starts. Cancellations are mounting at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. And a new light rail stop is in the works. Mike Collins and local journalists cover those stories and more.
How did we get to the Republican Party of today? Washington Post political columnist Dana Milbank draws a 25-year through-line from Newt Gingrich to Donald Trump in his book “The Destructionists.”
It's our monthly conversation with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles fresh from her election victory to a third term in office. We get some post-election thoughts on her priorities for this new, but shortened, term.
Carolina Panthers football is set to begin and Charlotte FC appears to be in the thrust of a playoff push. That should make owner David Tepper a hero, but questions have been raised by other moves off the field. We discuss what this might mean for the future on Charlotte Talks.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have a high number of teacher vacancies and reports of poor test scores — meanwhile, advocates say funding isn't nearly as high as it should be. With students heading back to school on Aug. 29, we sit down with CMS teachers to discuss morale, pay, retention and more.
Construction is to start at the former Eastland Mall site. Area public schools are in a recruitment bonus battle with less than a month to go before teachers and students return to the classroom. The State Board of Elections certifies the Green Party as an official party. And we now have evidence in Mecklenburg of community spread of monkeypox. Mike Collins and a roundtable of reporters detail those and other stories.
The answer to the questions on everyone's mind: are we heading toward a recession? Are we already in one? GDP fell for a second straight quarter. That's usually a sign of recession and that's certainly triggered fears of a slowdown. We get the scoop from a group of economists.
While COVID-19 has impacted virtually the entire country, some communities have been hit much harder than others. We look at how viruses can exploit systemic vulnerabilities with Dr. Steven Thrasher, author of “The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide.”
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles wins her third term in office in this week's elections, and incumbents on council take the day along with some returnees to council. The Panthers are in training. Charlotte's Epicentre faces another auction delay. And more people are leaving the county than coming here.
COVID-19 is lingering, and the number of infections is increasing again while monkeypox is making inroads here in Mecklenburg County and around the country. Mike Collins checks in with infectious disease experts about it all.
For the last two and a half years, figuring out how to offer high-quality instruction amid a pandemic has been just one of the challenges public schools have navigated. We speak with State Superintendent Catherine Truitt about everything from the coronavirus pandemic, to test scores, to the surge of guns found in schools.
After the disaster they experienced during the pandemic, restaurants and bars are starting to get some breaks – at least in terms of alcohol restrictions. Mike Collins and our panel of guests look at that and other changes.
Ridership on Charlotte Area Transit System buses has declined 75%. Mecklenburg County has more than half of all the monkeypox cases reported in the state. More toll lanes could be coming to I-77 and South Carolina considers more abortion restrictions. We discuss those stories and more on the Local News Roundup.