Sunday sampler

Last Sunday’s front-page stories didn’t impress me, and I posted nothing. Today, things are different

Charlotte: If you are in jail in Mecklenburg County, you can no longer have in-person visits with family — video only. Dehumanizing? Yes. “Studies show that inmates who have visitors are less likely to return after their release. But inmate advocates, and the correction industry’s trade association, say video should be deployed in addition to personal visits – not replace them.”

Fayetteville: Both the Observer and the Wilmington Star-News feature an AP story about how Chemours is handling the chemical that flowed into the Cape Fear River, which provides drinking water for thousands. Short answer: With silence. “Chemours’ zipped-lip strategy is likely a defensive crouch against the threat of costly lawsuits at a time when its financial future looks bright, said Geoffrey Basye, a public affairs consultant and former Federal Aviation Administration spokesman under President George W. Bush. Bond rating agency Moody’s has upgraded its opinion of the company and Chemours’ stock price has more than doubled since the start of the year.” Nice.

Fayetteville: The House tax bill removes the tax credit for downtown development. “The federal historic preservation tax credit program allows developers to obtain a cash infusion early in their process of renovating an older property. The money can help pay their construction costs or other expenses and provide equity for loans to complete the projects, several in the industry said.”

Asheville: The Citizen-Times has a broader story about the tax plans, what they are, and who the winners and losers would be.

Greensboro: In southeast Greensboro, people awaken to shots fired. Not every day but often enough. The News & Record examines the city’s likely record-breaking homicide rate. And for its readers — who are predominantly white — it’ll be eye-opening. “The violence has cost Greensboro the lives of 35 men and four women — 34 African Americans, four Caucasians and an Asian. The victims range in age from 18 to 54. One woman was strangled and a young man was struck by a vehicle. Gunfire killed the rest.”

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