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March 12, 2024

Hello, Tuesday. It's Ashley.

β˜€οΈ Weather: High 72Β°.

πŸŽ‚Happy birthday to Axios Charlotte members Allison Williams, Jeff Beiser, Jane Carano, Matt Kislowski and Jamie Smith Hubbard.

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πŸ˜‹ Situational awareness: Savor Charlotte runs today through March 26. It includes hands-on events, plus exclusive menus and special offers at restaurants, bars and breweries across the city.

Today's Smart Brevityβ„’ count is 713 words β€” 3-minute read.

1 big thing: πŸ₯Š The race for attorney general

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Nathan Howard and Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Election season includes state races you expect to hear a lot about, like the governor's. But another North Carolina race is shaping up to be spicy this fall β€” attorney general.

Why it matters: Ordinarily, the attorney general race wouldn't command much attention. But Jeff Jackson (D) and Dan Bishop (R) are incredibly popular within their respective parties, Axios' Alexandria Sands writes.

  • They're both former state lawmakers, and they're now working together as colleagues in Congress.

Catch up quick: You've probably seen Jackson on TikTok explaining what's happening in Washington. A member of the Army National Guard, he was an assistant district attorney in Gaston County.

  • Bishop, who began his political career as a Mecklenburg County commissioner, was the main sponsor of House Bill 2 β€” you may remember it as the "bathroom bill."

The intrigue: Bishop could be the state's first Republican attorney general in over a century.

What they're saying: "This is a rare case where the candidates themselves will elevate the profile of the race," Chris Cooper, a political science professor at Western Carolina University, tells Axios.

  • The results will depend heavily on party turnout, Cooper predicts.

Keep reading about each candidate's platform

2. πŸ’’ Recreate the "Love is Blind" wedding

Netflix's "Love is Blind" couple Amy and Johnny's wedding at Cedar Creek Ranch in Waxhaw. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

"Love is Blind" season six, which was filmed in Charlotte, has been the talk of the town for weeks. Our team has kept you in the loop every step of the way, from spots around the city to a lakefront Airbnb and one couple's romantic getaway.

  • Axios' Alexis Clinton dove into where cast members said "I do" this season β€” Cedar Creek Ranch.

Dig in: The rustic upscale venue holds up to 200 guests along 50 acres of land at 7115 Sims Road in Waxhaw.

  • Prices start at $4,500 during the off-peak season.
  • Cedar Creek Ranch can help you recreate a "Love is Blind" experience with a full custom setup similar to the show. Contact them for specific pricing for weddings, rehearsal dinners, family reunions and corporate events.

Read more about what else the romantic Waxhaw venue offers

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New jobs to check out

πŸ’Ό See who's hiring around the city.

  1. Marketing Director at MYgroup.
  2. Front Desk Coordinator at Ageless Remedies SouthPark.
  3. Director of Events at Charlotte Country Club.
  4. Museum Experience Facilitator (Full-time) at Discovery Place.

Want more opportunities? Check out our Job Board.

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3. πŸ‘€ Sneak peek of Leluia Hall

After more than a year, the restaurant's owners have solidified the structure with the help of engineers and builders. Now, they're moving onto the next phase β€”Β the aesthetic of the 1915 building. Photo: Courtesy of Tonidandel-Brown Restaurant Group

Construction is moving along at Leluia Hall, a surf-and-turf restaurant by local restaurateurs Jeff Tonidandel and Jamie Brown, Axios' Laura Barrero writes.

Why it matters: Leluia Hall is one of Charlotte's most anticipated restaurants, set to open later this year.

What's next: While you wait for Leluia Hall to open, you can get a sneak peek of its menu at Supperland this month.

  • Tickets for Supperland Speakeasy's "Taste of Leluia Hall" tasting menu are available now.
  • Your $160 ticket includes four cocktails paired with four dishes.

4. Alarming stat: 108

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In the last decade, 108 North Carolina children died from fentanyl overdoses, the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force reported during a recent meeting, Axios' Katie Peralta Soloff writes.

  • About 30 were babies, the data shows.

What they're saying: "We have older individuals that are using the drug recreationally, either knowingly or unknowingly, and toddlers and infants that are finding the drug through exploration," chief toxicologist Sandra Bishop-Freeman of the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said, according to WNCN.

Between the lines: The task force said pediatric fentanyl deaths are on the rise in recent years.

  • Having Narcan β€” an opioid overdose reversal drug β€” on hand can help prevent overdoses from being fatal.

Related: How to talk to your kids about fentanyl

5. 🏫 Davidson's impact and other speed reads

Photo: Andy Weber/Axios

πŸ’° Davidson College provides $430M in economic impact to the Charlotte area, per a new study. (Davidson)

🐘 North Carolina GOP chairman Michael Whatley and Donald Trump's daughter-in-law, North Carolina native Lara Trump, are now the Republican National Committee's new chair and co-chair. (Axios)

β›° Kings Mountain State Park will acquire 47 acres of private land in the middle of the park. (WFAE)

🏈 The New York Giants are acquiring pass-rusher Brian Burns from the Carolina Panthers and signing him to a $150M contract. (ESPN)

6. πŸ“±Photo du jour: Bet on it

(Left to right) Greg Olsen, N.C. Rep. Zack Hawkins, NASCAR COO Steve O'Donnell and DraftKings chief commercial officer Jeremy Elbaum at NASCAR Hall of Fame. Photo: Ashley MahoneyAxios

Legal mobile sports betting went live yesterday at noon in North Carolina.

Context: To commemorate the moment, Carolina Panthers legend Greg Olsen made DraftKings' ceremonial first bet: $100 on Bubba Wallace to win the NASCAR championship.

Between the lines: Sports gambling ads have been everywhere in recent weeks ahead of the launch β€” and that includes ones featuring Olsen.

  • "I think everyone's tired of seeing me on their social media feeds," he said.

5 things to know before you bet in North Carolina

πŸ€ It's conference tournament time across the country. The Charlotte 49ers head to the American Athletic Conference tournament as the No. 3 seed. This is the first time Charlotte (19-11, 13-5 AAC) has been a top-three seed since 2006.

  • Charlotte will play the winner of Southern Methodist vs. Temple/Texas at San Antonio Friday, March 15, at 9pm on ESPN.

Thanks to Katie Peralta Soloff for editing and Lucia Maher for copy editing this newsletter.