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Monday, March 17, 2014

First Drip (3/17/2014): Elevation reveals audit, another reason to drink Guinness, more

Posted By on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Big news at Elevation Church. Not only is it building a campus near the University area, it also recently disclosed, for the first time, a financial audit that reveals board members received a total of $13,000 for speaking at the church's events. Then on Friday, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability accepted Elevation as a member. The "respected accreditation organization that asks member churches and Christian nonprofits to adhere to standards on everything from financial transparency to governance," according to a Charlotte Observer story.

Among the things you need to know about coal ash potentially moving into Charlotte's airport: not much is known about the project, but City Council will hear from Duke Energy and environmental groups next Monday. Council could reject the project then and there, or it could ask join Duke in a "due diligence" review of the project's environmental and public health impacts.

Twenty-six countries have now joined the search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370, the mysterious flight that disappeared. Meanwhile, authorities are investigating the passengers, pilots and crew. What is known: the disappearance was a deliberate act.

Another reason to drink Guinness: The beer company dropped its sponsorship of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade after organizers ruled gay and lesbian groups couldn't identify themselves in it. "Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all," the company said in a statement. The local parade faced similar opposition after LGBT groups signed a petition demanding the conservative organizers allow rainbow flags.

Colon cancer rates continue to decline among those 50 and older, thanks to more people getting regular colonoscopies.

The Army general who had multiple affairs with subordinates will plead guilty to most of the charges against him - except "the most egregious."

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