First Drip (3/19/2014): Duke talked to city last year about moving coal ash to airport, state Democratic Party chairwoman talks strategy, more



Last week, Duke Energy asked the city of Charlotte to participate in a "due diligence review" of a proposal that would move coal ash stored at the Riverbend Steam Station. But it wasn't the first time the company had approached the city about such a project. Records show Duke had approached council last year with the idea, but discussions went nowhere.

It's a tough job but someone's gotta do it, and that someone is Casey Mann. The former Greensboro city councilwoman was just named the state Democratic Party's new chairwoman, a job even she admits no one really wanted. But she says she's prepared to re-engage the party's base and take back some power Democrats lost to redistricting.

The city hopes to preserve a slave cemetery that was discovered as land was cleared to make way for new apartments in South End. Meanwhile, the Charlotte School of Law is trying to find the land's heir or owner.

A new state law has deemed the disciplinary process for judges confidential. The N.C. Court System website's page devoted to disciplining judges is now blank. But in 2011, for example, visitors to the site would have seen "pending cases against two judges and their answers to the charges."

The White House's pastry chef quit after first lady Michelle Obama requested he replace fatty ingredients, such as cream, butter and sugar, with healthier options. He might be out of a job, but at least he has a sense of humor. He told various news outlets the decision was "bittersweet."

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