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Rail wails (access required)

Carroll Gray is frustrated with the Charlotte City Council. As executive director of the Lake Norman Transportation Commission, Gray is charged with improving road, interstate and commuter-rail infrastructure in north Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. The Charlotte Area Transit System’s proposed ...

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Answering the call (access required)

Bruns Avenue Elementary had the lowest reading and science test scores in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system during the 2007-08 school year, and its math score was near the bottom. Absenteeism, tardiness and disciplinary problems were rampant. There were bullet holes ...

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Unwelcome visitor (access required)

Anticipating a bedbug outbreak, the North Carolina Division of Environmental Health hired an expert in 2008 to deal with the nasty critters. That person was Jung Kim, an environmental senior specialist who travels all over the state looking for the ...

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Going sour (access required)

Rick Parker races around his 360 acres, hopping in and out of pickup trucks, hauling feed and hay, operating farm equipment and tending to more than 100 cows. His day usually starts at 5 a.m., and he doesn’t call it ...

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Tough assignment (access required)

As the fall semester starts this week, Charlotte-area schools and colleges are struggling to make due with slashed budgets while also trying to accommodate a growing number of students. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College ...

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