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Filed Under:United States / Charlotte
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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

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Read the indictment against John Edwards

Defendant (1) JOHNNY REID EDWARDS Pending Counts: Conspiracy, False StatementsHighest Offense Level: Felony Read the indictmentRead the arrest warrant

GOP plan cuts tax rate, sends more to CMS

Mecklenburg's four Republican county commissioners rolled out a plan late Tuesday evening to cut spending far enough to lower the property tax rate by five cents. Read the proposal below The proposal from commissioners Karen Bentley,...Show More Summary

Cogdell offers new Meck budget proposal

Mecklenburg commissioners now have another budget proposal to consider as Democrat Harold Cogdell rolled out his own plan Wednesday for how the county should spend money next year.His proposal would lower the tax rate to 82.37 centsShow More Summary

How high could some Meck tax bills rise?

More than half of the Mecklenburg households facing higher taxes under County Manager Harry Jones' recommended 2011-12 budget would see their bills increase by up to 20 percent, newly-released figures show.Four percent could see their tax bills more than double, the county analysis shows. Show More Summary

Roberts: $40m more to CMS, flat tax rate

Mecklenburg County Commissioners Chair Jennifer Roberts issued a statement late Wednesday saying she wants to keep the same property tax rate next year and send an extra $40 million to Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools in 2011-12.Read the...Show More Summary

Merchant/James email battle: Trying again

Some of you no doubt wonder what's going on with yesterday's blog on the fiesty email exchange between Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board member Trent Merchant and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James. About the time that readers...Show More Summary

Merchant v. James: Email smackdown

After Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James accused Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board member Tim Morgan of casting the swing vote for a "tsunami of a tax increase," board member Trent Merchant rallied to his colleague's side with a tidal wave of sarcasm directed at James.The background: The school board has no taxing authority. Show More Summary

Eric Davis: Why CMS needs more

Here's a copy of the remarks Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board chair Eric Davis made Tuesday night on why he believes CMS needs an additional $55 million to avoid laying off teachers, assistants and other educational staff. Although...Show More Summary

Jones: Jefferson post offers "unique opportunity"

Mecklenburg County Harry Jones says he initially declined an opportunity to apply for a new county manager post in Alabama, but said he thinks the job represents a unique opportunity to transform the troubled county.Jones was named on Monday one of three finalists for the manager job in Jefferson County, Ala., which includes the city of Birmingham. Show More Summary

CRVA: Payments also made in Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Richmond

In a memo emailed today to the mayor and Charlotte City Council members, the CRVA said it was standard operating procedure for the CIAA host city to appoint a local tournament coordinator to manage the week-long event. The memo alsoShow More Summary

Read city's new noise plan

The city of Charlotte is considering a $1,000 fine for bars and restaurants that refuse to turn down the volume on live outdoor music. Before getting hit with a fine, chronic noise producers would get a chance to change the way theyShow More Summary

How we estimated the revenue-neutral rate

Mecklenburg County administrators aren't expected to release the revenue-neutral estimate until Tuesday. But the Observer estimates the county could lower its property tax rate by about 6 cents and raise the same amount in revenue as...Show More Summary

Gorman to teachers: We won't cut your pay

As Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders work toward crafting teacher performance pay for 2014, they're dealing with resistance and questions from teachers who worry that the new plan will cut pay, pit teachers against each other competing for rewards, and overburden classrooms with testing. Show More Summary

Keep up with CMS performance-pay controversy

The twists and turns of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' push for teacher performance pay are generating questions from employees, parents and taxpayers. Here's a primer on keeping up.To read the bill N.C. Rep. Ruth Samuelson introduced this week to give the CMS board authority to revise teacher pay and evaluations, click here. Show More Summary

The changing face of Charlotte

The 2010 Census highlights the growth and diversity of North Carolina and Charlotte over the last decade, the Observer's Jim Morrill reports in Sunday's paper. Among the findings: Charlotte's nonwhite population rose above 50 percent for the first time. Show More Summary

Tumultuous times in CMS

Tuesday's approval of teacher layoff guidelines starts a season of turmoil and trauma for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees and families.As principals try to line up 2011-12 staffing and class schedules, hundreds of teachers and their students face uncertainty. Show More Summary

New demands on CMS teacher assistants

Teachers aren't the only ones facing layoffs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The preliminary 2011-12 budget plan calls for getting rid of teacher assistants in grades one and two, a loss of about 350 jobs.Some assistants say a letter they received in February created a near-impossible barrier to keeping their jobs. Show More Summary

CMS approves layoff criteria; 559 could lose jobs

About 560 educators -- including teachers, librarians and counselors -- face layoffs next year under criteria the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board approved Tuesday night, the Observer's Ann Doss Helms reports.Approval of layoff criteria is the first step step toward a worst-case scenario that would cut jobs to trim $100 million from the CMS budget. Show More Summary

Judge Manning and CMS on testing

As Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and stats officials try to sort out how many tests kids should take, Judge Howard Manning has weighed in on a legislative plan to reduce the number of high-school End of Course exams. Manning presides over the long-running Leandro case over constitutional rights to a sound basic education. Show More Summary

Blog pranks Wisconsin governor (audio)

On a prank call that quickly spread across the Internet, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was duped into discussing his strategy to cripple public employee unions, promising never to give in and joking that he would use a baseball bat in his office to go after political opponents. Show More Summary

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