- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A U.S. Transportation Department spokesman said there are no plans to cut funding for a light-rail extension in Charlotte after the former mayor was convicted of taking a bribe about the construction path.

Transportation department spokesman Ryan Daniels told The Charlotte Observer (https://bit.ly/1pTmDSo) the agency is aware of allegations about the project. But Daniels said the funding decision was the result of a long process that resulted in approval long before the allegation. The federal government signed a contract in October 2012 to fund much of the extension.

Cannon pleaded guilty this week to taking $2,000 to help a strip club owner whose business was in the proposed path of the light rail project.

Daniels says the agency will continue to provide oversight of the federal money for the project.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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