VIRTUAL CHARTER SCHOOL
NC school board starts studying virtual charters
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's statewide school board is getting to work on whether to allow charter schools that operate with fewer rules to offer online-only classes.
The State Board of Education on Friday starts work on figuring out the best rules and needed changes to state law to allow virtual charter schools. The task was assigned by state lawmakers, and recommendations are due before the General Assembly opens its next session in the spring.
The study group hears from a Chapel Hill education research firm about what's happening with virtual charter schools across the country and what people in North Carolina think.
The meeting comes a week after a state appeals court ruled the state school board was justified when it blocked a company's bid to establish an online-only charter school.
Police probe UNCG library vandalism as hate crime
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Police at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are investigating an instance of vandalism at the school library as a hate crime.
The News & Record of Greensboro reports Maj. Paul Lester said Thursday that a pen was found in one of the books in the African American Studies section of the Jackson Library and will be processed to see if it was connected to the crime.
Lester said racial slurs were found written on book covers, walls and desks on Dec. 4 by a school janitor.
Two men were seen on a surveillance camera leaving the area.
UNCG Chancellor Linda Brady said the people responsible for the incident will be prosecuted, calling the incident "an affront to the university community."
Company won't rebuild tornado-damaged Neb. plant
WAYNE, Neb. (AP) - A mattress pad company has decided not to rebuild its tornado-damaged plant in northeast Nebraska and instead will move production to North Carolina.
Pacific Coast Feather Co. told employees in Wayne on Thursday that the work will go to a plant in Gastonia, N.C. Nearly 150 jobs will be lost in Wayne.
Pacific Coast Feather is based in Seattle. Its plant was one of several businesses damaged or destroyed on Oct. 4 by the tornado, which registered EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with wind speeds approaching 170 mph. More than a dozen people were injured, but no one was killed.
CHICKEN PLANT SHOOTING
2 shot and wounded at NC chicken plant
MONROE, N.C. (AP) - Monroe police say two men have been shot and injured in the parking lot of a chicken plant.
Police were called to the Tyson Foods plant shortly after 5 a.m. Friday.
Officers said one of the victims called and reported he and another man had been shot. They were taken to Carolinas Medical Center with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.
Police said a suspect was in custody in Wingate after he called them.
Officers don't know if any of those involved worked at the plant.
The plant has about 1,400 employees.
FBI looking into Wilmington police dog attack
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - The FBI is looking into a biting incident involving a Wilmington police dog that was lifted into a suspect's vehicle window.
The StarNews of Wilmington reported that FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch confirmed the investigation, but would not provide details.
A New Hanover County grand jury this week concluded there was no wrong-doing by Wilmington Officer Stafford Brister.
A video of a police chase shows Brister approaching a suspect's car after it had been stopped following a 13-minute chase. The video shows Brister lifting his dog into the open window and the dog biting Johnnie Lamont Williams.
The chase had begun when police said Williams drove through a checkpoint on Nov. 1.
Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says the department is conducting an internal investigation of the dog biting.
Salisbury man charged with witness intimidation
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) - Rowan County sheriff's deputies have charged a man with trying to intimidate a 9-year-old witness.
The Salisbury Post reported that 19-year-old Mason Disbrow was arrested this week and charged with misdemeanor intimidating a witness.
Deputies say Disbrow called out to a 9-year-old boy, calling him and name and making a gesture. The boy's mother had reported the theft of a dirt bike and a bicycle in August.
It was not clear if Disbrow has an attorney.
DMV MOBILE UNIT
NCDMV mobile unit sets special December schedule
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - With the Bonner Bridge closed for repairs, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is working with the ferry division of the N.C. Department of Transportation to provide service to residents of Hatteras Island.
The unit will leave on board the Stumpy Point ferry and arrive in Rodanthe on Dec. 17. It will offer extended service hours to residents while on the island. The unit will park as usual at the Dare County Civic Center on NC Highway 12 throughout its visit.
It will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, and from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 19.
NCDMV mobile units offer driver license services to rural areas across the state, and they also issue North Carolina identification cards.
Winston-Salem to host multiple NCAA championships
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Winston-Salem and the Triad will become a destination for NCAA championships in the next five years.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the Wake Forest Tennis Center has been selected as the host site for the NCAA Division I men's and women's championships in 2018.
Also, the JDL Fast Track was chosen to host the Division III men's and women's indoor track and field championships in 2015.
Visit Winston-Salem said the two NCAA championships are projected to generate 4,000 hotel room nights, more than 3,600 participants and an economic impact of more than $2 million.
Four sites in Greensboro also landed at least one championship.
Altogether there were 29 sites selected in North Carolina, the fifth most in the nation. Florida had the most at 42.
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