Madison Cawthorn’s Jan. 6 legal battle | Fact-check: monkeypox

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Hello, Charlotte! It’s Tuesday, and I hope you fared well through yesterday’s storms. Nice to see some sunshine — or so I thought. Today’s break from the rain prompted me to take my dog for a walk in the park. Lovely, right? Well, it was ...

Until I nearly stepped on a long, fat snake dozing on the sidewalk. If you heard a shriek coming from Pearl Street Park, that was me.

However scary, the snake meant me no harm, I know. But some snakes can be dangerous, so here’s a guide to spotting 6 venomous snakes in North Carolina.

  • Noteworthy: This is a developing story, but an EF-1 tornado hit parts of Charlotte, according to a preliminary report. Storms downed trees and knocked out power for thousands in northeast Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties on Monday.

1. Madison Cawthorn lost his primary. But what about his Jan. 6 legal battle?

Rep. Madison Cawthorn speaks to supporters at his election campaign headquarters in Hendersonville, N.C., Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn speaks to supporters at his election campaign headquarters in Hendersonville, N.C., Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn lost his reelection bid last week — but that doesn’t mean the legal battle over his eligibility to serve in Congress is also finished, writes Will Doran.

Opponents of the far-right Republican congressman had filed a challenge with state election officials, seeking to have Cawthorn banned from even running for reelection this year. They say he supported and possibly even helped plan the Jan. 6, 2021, attack.

And, Cawthorn’s actions surrounding Jan. 6 should disqualify him from serving in Congress in the future, the group of challengers said. Read the full story.

2. Fact check: Is monkeypox more contagious than COVID-19? Here’s what an expert says

As the number of monkeypox cases grows around the world, health officials are working to dispel myths about the virus.

At least three cases of monkeypox have been identified in the United States, with the most recent presumptive positive case found in Florida, ABC News reported.

From Evan Moore, here’s where monkeypox originated from, how it spreads and common myths about the virus that have been debunked by health experts.

3. New England food manufacturer bringing over 200 jobs in $42 million Gaston expansion

A Northeast fresh food company is expanding production in the Southeast with plans to invest over $42.2 million in a Gaston County production facility.

The 219 jobs created will have an average annual salary of $42,018, which is equal to Gaston County’s average annual wage.

  • Plus, did you know? North Carolina has the largest manufacturing workforce in the Southeast and is the third-largest state in the country for food and beverage processing, N.C. Department of Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders said in a statement.

Check out more about where the facility will be and what it means for the industry from Catherine Muccigrosso.

4. University City entertainment district anchored by Topgolf could get 350 apartments

Cambridge Properties is seeking to rezone a roughly 15-acre site near Interstate 85 and University City Boulevard that would bring 350 apartments near Charlotte’s newest Topgolf location.
Cambridge Properties is seeking to rezone a roughly 15-acre site near Interstate 85 and University City Boulevard that would bring 350 apartments near Charlotte’s newest Topgolf location.

A University City entertainment district that’s anchored by Topgolf could be joined by hundreds of apartments under a rezoning request before the Charlotte City Council.

Cambridge Properties, a Charlotte development and brokerage company, is proposing to build a four-story apartment building with 350 units near Ikea and MacFarlane boulevards.

Read more from Gordon Rago here.

5. Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, 7 places to get a Lowcountry Boil in Charlotte

A Lowcountry boil is traditionally made with sausage, potato and corn.
A Lowcountry boil is traditionally made with sausage, potato and corn.

Summer to me means lowcountry boils, or crab bakes or Frogmore Stew — whatever you grew up calling it. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re in for a delicious treat.

Generally, the dish includes shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn, cooked in boiled, seasoned water and sometimes doused in butter afterward. Mmmm.

Even though Charlotte is landlocked, our friends at CharlotteFive tracked down some local eateries to get your seafood fix. Browse the list here.

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