Mecklenburg County Commission

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The nation's top women's professional soccer team is moving to North Carolina. Under a deal announced Monday, the Western New York Flash of the National Women's Soccer League will become the North Carolina Courage. The team will play at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary when the season begins in April.

Ella Scarborough talked before Monday's vote that made her Mecklenburg County Commission chair.
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Mecklenburg County commissioners Monday night ousted chairman Trevor Fuller and picked fellow  Democrat Ella Scarborough as the board's new leader.  Scarborough won the job in a 5-4 vote in which Scarborough and fellow Democrat Pat Cotham sided with the board's three Republicans.

Pat Cotham (left) and Trevor Fuller at a 2013 Mecklenburg County Commission meeting.
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Mecklenburg County commissioners will be sworn in for a new term a special meeting Monday night, where they'll also elect their leadership for the next two years. The big question is whether commissioners will re-elect the current chair, Democrat Trevor Fuller. 

A worker at the U.S. National Whitewater Center releases chlorine into the basin below the rafting channel in July.
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County commissioners Tuesday night unanimously approved water-quality regulations for the U.S. National Whitewater Center. That follows an Ohio teenager's death this summer from a rare brain infection she contracted after rafting at the center. 

Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County commissioners adopted a $1.6 billion budget Tuesday in a 6-2 vote. The budget won't increase property taxes, but it does include an increase in compensation for county commissioners.

Corning Inc.

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Corning Optical Communications has picked a site off I-485 in northwest Charlotte for its new $38 million headquarters, a spokesman said Tuesday.

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The CMS board is used to getting dressed down from upset parents and community members. It can now add Mecklenburg County commissioners to that list. Tuesday, the commissioners dashed any glimmer of hope the school board had for a bond package on this fall's ballot.

Mecklenburg County Health Department

Mecklenburg County’s health director says one way to possibly curb childhood obesity is to prohibit fast food restaurants from opening near schools.  Dr. Marcus Plescia has received a lot of attention for the idea, which he mentioned last week during a presentation to county commissioners. But he says it was one small part of an overall plan. 


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Emergency calls to Mecklenburg County's ambulance service have grown about twice as fast as the population since 2010. MEDIC Director Joe Penner told county commissioners Tuesday that most of the growth has come in non-emergency calls - people who call because of a breakdown in their social support systems.

Early voting starts Thursday and on the ballot is a significant change to local government besides who'll be mayor or serve on city council. Mecklenburg County voters will get to decide whether to change the terms of county commissioners from two years to four years.

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