APRIL 24, 2014
Second debate solidifies roles: The four front-runners in North Carolina’s US Senate Republican primary broke little ground and threw few punches Wednesday evening in a debate sponsored by WRAL news. Read more here.
No, no, no, and no: GOP Senate candidates on climate change: The entire field of Republican Senate candidates in North Carolina do not believe in climate change. At a Republican primary debate Tuesday night, a moderator asked the four candidates if they felt climate change was a fact as seen in a video clipped by Buzzfeed. Read more here.
Judge gives teachers victory in tenure battle: A Guilford County judge on Wednesday halted a requirement that North Carolina school districts offer a quarter of their teachers multi-year contracts as an enticement for them to give up their so-called "career status" protections. Special Superior Court Judge Richard Doughton issued an injunction that allows Guilford County Schools to evade the requirement, which lawmakers passed last year as part of the state budget. Read more here.
Black voters could decide who controls the Senate in 2015. Here’s how: Black voters played a huge role in delivering Barack Obama to the White House in 2008 and 2012. And in 2014, they will play a huge role in determining whether the president’s party can stop Republicans from taking the Senate. Read more here.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences receives national award: The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is one of 10 recipients of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Science, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced Thursday. The medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for services to community. Read more here.
St. Augustine’s alumnus named interim leader, pledges to restore school: Everett Ward, who became interim president of St. Augustine’s University Wednesday, pledged to help put his alma mater on firm financial footing and restore faith among its students, alumni and faculty. Minutes after being introduced in a campus ceremony, Ward, 55, a former Department of Transportation administrator and state Democratic Party director, gave St. Aug’s a $10,000 donation. It was perhaps an example to alumni who will be asked to support the financially troubled university. Read more here.
Rally for film incentives planned: Two groups that support the film industry in North Carolina will host a rally in Wilmington to garner support for the extension of the state’s film incentive program during this year’s legislative session. The N.C. Production Alliance and Wilmington Film Commission are hosting the second NC Film Rally on May 4 on the riverfront in downtown Wilmington. Read more here.
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