First Drip (5/29/15): John's Country Kitchen to close



John's Country Kitchen is closing after nearly 40 years in its Plaza Midwood location. The owners said they are moving on to other things after the landlord upped the rent on them for the in-demand Central Avenue location. John Margiotis opened JCK with his mother in 1977. and are stopping publication as of today. The online publications were launched by David Boraks about nine years ago. In his announcement column, Boraks said he will travel to Europe while his editor Lyndsay Kibiloski and ad rep Brandon Butler pursue a new business venture together. 

Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed a bill that would allow magistrates to opt out of performing marriages if they hold a religious objection. He vetoed the bill only hours after the House passed the bill with a 67-43 vote. In his statement, McCrory said he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman but that he is vetoing the bill on Constitutional grounds. 

The largest sovereign wealth fund in the world will reportedly divest all of its shares in Duke Energy and other major coal-burning companies, pending a vote from the Norwegian parliament. The Norwegian Pension Fund Global's divestment will take effect in January 2016 if the vote passes. The Norwegian Parliament's finance committee voted unanimously to divest the fund's stake in Duke and other large coal-burning utilities on Wednesday. 

Construction on the Monroe Bypass in eastern Union County will continue despite legal action against it, according to a news release from NCDOT. The highway, nicknamed the "Bypass to the Beach" has caused controversy among Union County residents regarding its large price tag and the large amounts of property to be affected in the towns of Hemby Bridge, Stallings and Indian Trail. 

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