First Drip (9/18/2013): County OKs Carowinds incentives, UNC Asheville gets boost, Charlotte's gayborhoods and more



Like City Council the previous night, Mecklenburg County Commission voted to give Carowinds incentives to expand. The commissioners voted Tuesday night to give $600,000 in incentives to the theme park, which brings the total local government contribution to about $930,000, according to News 14. John Grooms argues that before tax payers incentivize corporations, local government must establish a living wage. From his piece yesterday:

Councilman Patrick Cannon, who is also the Democratic nominee for mayor in the upcoming election, voted against the incentives because the proposed low wages give him "heartburn and concern." That's good - they should give him concern.

The attorney of the CMPD officer who fatally shot a 24-year-old on Saturday says the shooting was justified.

And finally, we wonder if Charlotte has a gayborhood (and whether it even needs one) in this week's cover story, written by Q Notes Editor Matt Comer.

Kudos to UNC Asheville for being named a top 10 public liberal arts college by US News & World Report.

UNC Ashevilles Glasshouse greenhouse
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  • UNC Asheville's Glasshouse greenhouse

Behold this list of public-teacher salaries, compiled by N.C. Policy Watch. Shocked at the low figures? Thank these guys.

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