Police look for Costco robbery suspect

Matthews Police are seeking information on the person who robbed Costco yesterday. At approximately 6 pm a black male entered the Costco, located at 2125 Matthews Township Parkway, and asked to see jewelry that was in a locked viewing case. As clerks assisted him the suspect pulled a gun from his pocket and threatened to harm the clerks if they not place jewelry in a bag. After the clerks placed jewelry in the bag the suspect fled the store. Continue reading

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Matthews street closings


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N. Trade St. in Matthews will be closed from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. beginning Sunday night, May 24 thru Thursday morning, May 27. Work will be done on the crosswalks, speed tables and pavement markings.

This is the final phase of the N. Trade Street improvements that have been underway this Spring. The closure will occur from the intersection of John St. to Matthews Station Street.

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Despite gulf oil spill, gas prices are down

Average retail gasoline prices in Charlotte have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.77/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.80/g, according to gasoline price website CharlotteGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Charlotte during the past week, prices yesterday were 41.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 0.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 6.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 39.8 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.

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Goodall says no to ‘charter-lite’ reforms

The North Carolina General Assembly continues to do everything other than what’s necessary to help secure federal Race to the Top funds through enacting meaningful charter school expansion legislation.

Read the Carolina Journal’s take here.

The House Education Committee passed SB 704: Reform Low-Performing Schools Thursday. The bill allows local boards of education, under rigid authority from the State Board of Education, to operate schools “with the same exemptions from statutes and rules as a charter school.” The legislation makes clear that it “shall not be interpreted to increase the maximum number of charter schools.”

Senator Goodall stated:

“In North Carolina’s first Race to the Top application, they tried ‘charter-like’ reform approaches. Now they are trying ‘charter-lite.’ It did not fool federal Race to the Top reviewers then, and it will not fool them now. Continue reading

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