As if money wasn't already tight in Charlotte, a new proposal in Raleigh wants to change the way sales tax revenue is distributed, which could leave Mecklenburg County about $100 million short a year. Right now, that money is distributed to the area where the point of sale originated. (Shop in Charlotte? Charlotte gets the sales tax.) The General Assembly is looking at changing that model to one based on population. Rural counties would benefit the most.
As the streetcar nears opening, officials are working out the little details — like, how to fit emergency vehicles down a narrow road that shares the streetcar. "We may have to drop off the crew, and drop off equipment, and park elsewhere, but we are going to have to learn how to do that," Charlotte Fire Deputy Chief Rob Kinniburgh told WCNC.
The Associated Press shares an indepth piece on the origin of some of the fish you're buying from Kroger, Safeway and Walmart. Reporters spoke with more than 40 current and former Burmese slaves who were forced to fish commercially. "If Americans and Europeans are eating this fish, they should remember us," said Hlaing Min, 30, a runaway slave from Benjina. "There must be a mountain of bones under the sea. ... The bones of the people could be an island, it's that many."
Two Ted Cruz news items in one week? Sorry, folks, but we have to do it. Cruz, who announced his candidacy for president earlier this week and has vowed to repeal Obamacare if elected, admitted he's going on Obamacare. His wife is leaving her job to help out on his campaign.