Finally, immigration court comes to Charlotte

Sue MyrickFor years, Rep. Sue Myrick tried to bring an immigration court to Charlotte. Finally, she has gotten her wish. The court will be located  at 5701 Executive Center Drive, which is off of Albemarle Road and will open November 4 of this year.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Rep. Myrick.  “An immigration court will speed up illegal alien deportations.  It will also help legal immigrants playing by the rules because they will no longer have to travel to Atlanta to deal with immigration matters.”

In next week’s Mint Hill Times, read about Rep. Myrick’s race with Democratic challenger Harry Taylor.

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The taxpayers’ role in the new Lynx train line

[singlepic=193,320,240,,right]Last fall, the big policy question in Mecklenburg County was the half-cent sales tax to pay for a north corridor train. The tax passed easily in the November referendum, and the train looks as though it will be built, albeit at a much higher price tag. It was also in November last year the new South Corridor line opened running along South Boulevard between downtown Charlotte and Interstate 485. Ridership has been more than expected thanks to the recent turn in the economy and the gas shortage. Despite many riders, David Hartgen of the John Locke Foundation argues tax payers are footing most of the bill, not riders.

Taxpayers are picking up more than 90 percent of the tab for a lucky few commuters riding Charlotte’s LYNX light-rail line, despite the trains’ limited public benefit for traffic congestion, air quality, or land use.

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Butler 35 Providence 21

The Butler Bulldogs scored 28 points in the second half to overcome a 14-7 deficit in the third quarter to beat Providence Friday night. The Bulldogs scored two touchdowns on Jacob Davis and Marcel Sargent interception returns for touchdowns and sophomore quarterback Christian LeMay was efficient behind center, going 8-13 for 153 yards and one touchdown.

Photos by Mark Sward swardpics.com

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