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NASA’s top official, Administrator Bill Nelson, touted the space agency’s work at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in an appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee this week.
The space agency’s demonstrations at CLT have saved more than 1 million gallons of jet fuel, according to NASA.
Hannah Smoot has more on the air traffic scheduling technology at CLT and plans to expand the program nationally.
Days before fiercely divided City Council is expected to vote on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, council member Tariq Bokhari said he wants to see Charlotte’s planning director fired in the wake of his handling of the plan.
Planning director Taiwo Jaiyeoba, in turn, scoffed at that possibility during an exclusive interview with Alison Kuznitz today. “My reputation is intact and my colleagues in the industry respect me very well... I don’t need to have any second doubt or second-guess myself with what I am doing,” Jaiyeoba said.
Read more on the controversy before the big vote, exclusively for subscribers.
Some neighborhoods in Mecklenburg County are nearly fully vaccinated, while others lag far behind, with most residents still unvaccinated, an Observer analysis of state data shows.
Hannah Smoot and Devna Bose explored how the gap in vaccination rates across the county persists despite widespread efforts from doctors, county officials and hospital systems to encourage vaccinations. The disparity is especially apparent between predominantly white neighborhoods and predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods.
July 1 is the target date to open the Catawba Indian Nation’s North Carolina casino project. Open 24/7, the facility will feature 500 slot machines by seven manufacturers, a snack bar and a service bar.
The 250 full-time workers needed to operate the pre-launch facility have been hired, except for a few cocktail servers, officials said. The employees include about 50 Catawbas, according to Delaware North.
Joe Marusak got to look inside the single-story facility, off Interstate 85, about 35 miles west of Charlotte.
CharlotteFive has your guide to Juneteenth events around the city.
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