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City (sometimes) makes the grade (access required)

Charlotte’s fiscal 2010 year-end report, released Sept. 29 by the city’s Budget and Evaluation Office, shows good news. The goals, broken down into five focus areas — community safety, economic development, housing and neighborhood development, transportation and environment — were ...

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Crowded house (access required)

(Editor’s note: Part of an occasional series on growth of communities outside Charlotte) Business owner Tana Greene remembers when the only place to eat in the Lake Norman area was the Ham and Eggs restaurant at Exit 28 off Interstate ...

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Charlotte firm turns to fancy cars, models to sell houses (access required)

Frank Arooji was about halfway through the multimillion-dollar project when he started having serious misgivings. “I thought, ‘Why did I do it?’” said Arooji, co-owner of Matthews-based Persis-Nova Builders, which builds custom homes throughout the Carolinas. Arooji and his partner, ...

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Editor’s Notes: Something wicked this way comes (access required)

Some real ugliness is being exposed in Mecklenburg County. As Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools considers closing and merging schools to save money and improve students’ performance, public meetings have been rife with tension that came to a head Tuesday night when Kojo ...

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Per-capita landfill load drops but some not satisfied (access required)

When populations surge, logic dictates that a community’s garbage will increase and, therefore, the amount ending up in landfills will also rise. In Mecklenburg County, where the population has grown 31.4 percent from 2000 to 2009, Bruce Gledhill, solid-waste-management director ...

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Indiana utility regulators launch investigation into Duke cases

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission today launched an internal investigation of cases over which a former commission attorney, who later took a job with Duke Energy Corp., presided. Charlotte-based Duke said the investigation involves cases spanning from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 over which Scott ...

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