Want To Go To The Moon? NASA Recruits At CIAA Career Fair

The Charlotte Convention Center’s Ballroom was a maze of booths filled with companies, professional schools, and government organizations on Thursday. They were there to meet students and recent graduates from historically black colleges and universities for the CIAA career fair. Clayton Turner chatted with students at the NASA booth. His sales pitch: that NASA’s spaceflight and robotics projects benefit everyone. Turner is NASA’s director of Langley Research Center in Virginia. He’s the first

At Hearing In Belmont, Coal Ash Plans Draw Both Questions And Praise From Residents

About 45 residents showed up for a public hearing Thursday night in Belmont. They asked questions about Duke's plans to transfer coal ash from the Allen Steam Station to new, lined landfills. The hearing, held at Stuart Cramer High School, was hosted by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality. DEQ officials answered questions from residents about the design of the landfills and how the state would make sure the coal ash is contained. Amy Brown, an activist and Belmont resident, thanked

Want To Go To The Moon? NASA Recruits At CIAA Career Fair

The Charlotte Convention Center’s Ballroom was a maze of booths filled with companies, professional schools, and government organizations on Thursday. They were there to meet students and recent graduates from historically black colleges and universities for the CIAA career fair. Clayton Turner chatted with students at the NASA booth. His sales pitch: that NASA’s spaceflight and robotics projects benefit everyone. Turner is NASA’s director of Langley Research Center in Virginia. He’s the first

Causey: Lindberg Wanted Him To Hire Business Associate

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey continued testimony Thursday morning in the federal bribery trial of insurance businessman Greg Lindberg. Lindberg and two of his associates are accused of trying to funnel $2 million to Causey in political contributions in exchange for removing a senior deputy in his office who was part of the regulation of Lindberg's insurance companies. WFAE political reporter Steve Harrison spoke to Michael Falero from the federal courthouse in Charlotte.

Concord Considers Deal With Chinese Furniture Maker For Philip Morris Site

Concord City Council will vote Thursday night to offer more than $800,000 in tax incentives to what appears to be a Chinese furniture maker. The company would build a facility on the site of the old Phillip Morris plant. City Council expects the unnamed furniture manufacturer to build multiple facilities on 60 acres of the old Phillip Morris plant. According to the meeting agenda, the city will hold a public hearing and a vote over the deal. The city of Concord would provide the tax incentives

Mecklenburg DA: 20 Homicide Cases Will Be Brought To Trial In 2020

Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather outlined his office’s priorities for the year, after Charlotte recorded 107 homicides in 2019. Wednesday's press conference was the first Merriweather has done specifically at the start of a new year to detail what priorities he would focus on. The district attorney listed four broad priorities, each with multiple parts to them. First, he committed to bringing 20 homicide cases to trial this year. That's up from 13 cases tried last year.

NC Had Fourth Largest Environment Funding Cuts In Country

A new report says North Carolina had the fourth highest budget cuts in the country over the last decade when it comes to environmental protection. Between 2008 and 2018, North Carolina’s state government cut funding for its environmental agency’s programs meant to reduce air and water pollution by 34%. Funding went from $136.3 million to $90 million dollars, when adjusting for inflation. The state also cut its staff levels by 35%. That data comes in a new report by the Environmental Integrity P
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