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Politics & Government
8:31 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Iron Man 3, Hunger Games, Homeland, And The Tax Incentives To Film Them In NC

The TV show Homeland, and the movies Iron Man 3 and the Hunger Games were filmed in North Carolina.
Credit Showtime, Marvel Studios, Lionsgate

North Carolina could see fewer hits like Iron Man 3 or Homeland filmed in the state. That’s because tax incentives that encourage the film industry to make movies here are set to expire in January. Some lawmakers are trying to pass a measure that would give grants to the film industry to keep production companies here. But while budget negotiations are underway, time is running out to pass legislation.

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The Two-Way
4:06 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Former Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Will Plead Guilty To Fraud

Patrick Cannon, shown here in 2013, is expected to plead guilty Tuesday in a public corruption case.
Chuck Burton AP

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 5:30 pm

Former Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Patrick Cannon is expected to plead guilty to a corruption charge in federal court on Tuesday.

Cannon, who was elected to the post last November, resigned in March hours after being arrested.

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Arts & Culture
5:37 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Why Did A US Airways Pilot Not Allow Violins On A Charlotte Plane?

Zachary De Pue, concertmaster for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and member, Time for Three
Credit Still from YouTube video

Two classical musicians tried to board a US Airways flight on Memorial Day. They were told that they were welcome, but their violins were not.

Nicolas Kendall and Zachary De Pue are frequent flyers. They perform as part of the group Time for Three (Tf3.)  In recent weeks the trio has performed in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Indianapolis. They've always been able to bring their violins with them, in the cabin of the plane.

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The State of Things
11:31 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Bank Of America Ordered To Pay Restitution

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Bank of America discriminated against more than 1,000 black job applicants, a U.S. Department of Labor Judge held Monday.

The ruling ordered the bank to pay $2.2 million dollars to applicants who were turned down for positions in Charlotte. Host Frank Stasio talks to Charlotte Observer banking reporter Andrew Dunn about the case.

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The State of Things
12:34 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Mountain Poet Tackles Ode To NC

Cover of Lee Ann Brown's book of poetry, 'In The Laurels, Caught' (Fence Modern Poets Series/2013).
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Poet Lee Ann Brown talks to Frank Stasio about her two new books of Poetry

Lee Ann Brown splits her time between New York City and Marshall, North Carolina, but she has a special love for her southern home.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

'Homeland' TV Series Filming In Raleigh Next Week

The TV series Homeland will film in Downtown Raleigh June 3-4.
Credit Homeland

The critically-acclaimed TV series “Homeland” heads to Downtown Raleigh June 3-4 to film scenes for season three. The Showtime series normally shoots in and around Charlotte. Earlier this week, the show filmed a scene in The Charlotte Observer newsroom. (The News & Observer created a slideshow of the newsroom filming.)

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Politics & Government
8:56 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Charlotte Mayor Nominated For Transportation Post

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President Obama has nominated Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx to be the nation's next secretary of transportation. He would replace outgoing secretary Ray LaHood if confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  Foxx -- who turns 42 years old today -- is considered a "rising star" among Democrats. 

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Politics & Government
5:16 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

MetLife Will Move 2,600 Jobs To North Carolina

MetLife says it will move 2,600 jobs from six other states to North Carolina by 2015.
Credit Daniel Smith / Wikimedia Commons

The insurance giant MetLife will move 2600 jobs from six states to North Carolina as it seeks to consolidate its operations.

The company plans to make Charlotte its national headquarters for its retail business. Cary will become the company's global technology and operations hub.

"The campuses in Mecklenburg and Wake Counties will be multifaceted, bringing functions together to provide a rich work environment, as well as increased career opportunities for our associates from both wide and far," says executive vice president Marty Lippert.

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Politics & Government
3:45 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Michelle Obama Rallies Voters In Charlotte

First lady Michelle Obama was in Charlotte this afternoon to help get out the vote for her husband. She reminded supporters waiting in a hangar at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport that President Obama won North Carolina in 2008 by only 14 thousand votes. Mrs. Obama said that's why every vote matters.

Michelle Obama: And it is all going to come down to what happens in just a few key battleground states like right here in North Carolina. Right here. When we win this state with your help and we'll be on our way.

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Politics & Government
5:51 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Pat McCrory Campaigning For A Different Result

Pat McCrory was a seven-term mayor of Charlotte
PatMcCrory.com

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory has been here before. Four years ago he lost the closest Governors race in the country to Bev Perdue. Now, the former seven-term mayor of Charlotte is leading in the polls and hoping a second bid for the state house yields a different result. Jeff Tiberii reports on the man trying to become just the third Republican governor North Carolina has elected since 1900.

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