Despite the recent drama over prayer between Vilma Leake and Pat Cotham, the Mecklenburg County Commission did some work last night and approved a resolution asking Gov. McCrory to delay the I-77 toll lane project by 90 days. Local lawmakers and others are concerned about the transparency of the contract. The city of Charlotte is staying out of it.
Environmentalists are happy with this news. Duke Energy plans to replace its coal-fired Asheville plant with a natural gas plant, set to open by 2019. The price tag on that new plant is approximately $750 million. A solar project will come later, and with it, Duke will ask for a rate increase.
Los Angeles became one of the biggest cities to agree to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour. The change will be instituted by 2020, and now I have Snoop Dogg's "California Love" in my head.
A Japanese air bag manufacturer will announce what's likely the biggest auto recall campaign in U.S. history, thanks to defective airbags that explode with metal shrapnel. "The massive air bag recall covers more than 13 percent of all cars and trucks on the roads in the U.S. today. It would easily surpass the largest automotive recall — 23 million vehicles by Ford Motor Co. in 1980 for a transmission issue that only required the addition of a warning sticker."