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NC council meeting to appoint new mayor

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte City Council is holding a special meeting to pick a new mayor to replace Patrick Cannon, who resigned last week in a public corruption scandal.

Members of City Council could end their deliberations on who should replace Cannon at their Monday night meeting. They could pick someone who's already on council or an outsider, as long as they are a Democrat to replace the Democrat Cannon.

One name that has emerged is state Sen. Dan Clodfelter. Another is former council member James Mitchell.

Federal prosecutors say Cannon accepted more than $48,000 in bribes from FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to work with North Carolina's largest city. The 47-year-old Democrat was arrested Wednesday afternoon and resigned hours later, less than six months after taking office.

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