Lunch Break (9/29/15): City council approves large Cherry project in re-vote

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Charlotte City Council approved a large mixed-use project on S. Kings Drive in the historic Cherry neighborhood at its meeting last night, one week after voting it down. The developers decreased the building height of an office and retail building associated with the project from 106 feet to 100 feet, which was enough to change the vote of four council members who voted against the project last Monday. Council member Patsy Kinsey was the sole remaining "Nay" vote. Neighbors have opposed the project because of its size and density. 

The driver of a Ford F-150 that caused a wreck in Uptown yesterday afternoon that injured 17 people was pronounced dead later at the hospital, according to officials. Investigators believe the truck may have experienced a brake failure, which would explain why the driver went around stopped traffic at a red light while exiting I-277 and entered the intersection at 3rd and McDowell streets, where it was hit in the driver side by a CATS bus. Thirteen of the 19 passengers aboard the bus were taken to CMC for treatment, while the driver was treated at Presbyterian. 

CMPD says it is investigating allegations that students at Butler High School were involved in sexually exploiting a 15-year-old fellow student. The rumors began when multiple members of the Butler football team didn't play in a recent game didn't play and word got around that the players were suspended after allegedly filming a sexual act with the 15-year-old and distributing it. 

Duke Energy has agreed to pay $7 million to settle what was originally a $21.5-million fine from regulators for groundwater contamination around its now-defunct Sutton plant near Wilmington. The state said that remediation work required at four plants including Sutton put the settlement total closer to $20 million. 

A report released yesterday has revealed a large gap between those who need affordable housing vouchers and those who can realistically receive them. There is reportedly a waiting list of about 32,000 people in Mecklenburg County who have applied for the vouchers, while only about 200 receive them per year. A co-author of the report said about 86 percent of the applicants are female, and about 93 percent are African-American. 

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