Foxx to serve as Obama's secretary of transportation

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The rumors were true - President Barack Obama will nominate Mayor Anthony Foxx to be secretary of transportation.

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The announcement should come some time today, according to the Charlotte Observer. His appointment would make him the only African-American to serve on the president's second-term Cabinet. The Observer writes:

The White House praised Foxx's ability to integrate local, state and federal resources to meet transportation challenges.

Federal officials cited his efforts to bring a streetcar line through the center of the city, expand Charlotte Douglas International Airport and extend the city's light-rail system north to UNC Charlotte.

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