January 28, 2014
Poll: Obama approval hits 50 percent: It is the first time that Obama has held a 50 percent approval rating in the Gallup daily tracking poll since June 2013. He’s now 5 percentage points above water, with 45 percent of Americans disapproving of his job performance. Read more here.
Obama To India: Nations Will Only Succeed If Women Are Successful: "This is one of the most direct measures of whether a nation is going to develop effectively – how it treats its women. When a girl goes to school, it doesn’t just open up her young mind, it benefits all of us," he said. Read more here.
Meet the Top 50 Donors Who Influenced State Elections: The top 50 political donors gave more than $440 million to the people and groups pushing candidates for state office in 2014, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. See the list here.
Gay Ala. Lawmaker Threatens To Out Colleagues’ Affairs: Openly gay Alabama state Rep. Patricia Todd (D) this weekend warned her fellow lawmakers that she would expose their marital infidelities if they continued to oppose same sex marriage by emphasizing "family values." Read more here.
California Aquifers Contain Billions of Gallons of Fracking Wastewater: After California state regulators shut down 11 fracking wastewater injection wells last July over concerns that the wastewater might have contaminated aquifers used for drinking water and farm irrigation, the EPA ordered a report within 60 days. Read more here.
Where’s the Empathy?: The funeral for my high school buddy Kevin Green is Saturday, near this town where we both grew up. The doctors say he died at age 54 of multiple organ failure, but in a deeper sense he died of inequality and a lack of good jobs. Read more here.
Courts, revenues could alter NC legislature’s school agenda: The minimum salary for a North Carolina public school teacher almost assuredly will rise next fall. And more opportunities for higher pay for teachers of high-demand subjects or within hard-to-staff schools will receive much debate. Read more here.
Veteran Teachers Frustrated At Lack of Longevity Pay: Many veteran teachers in North Carolina are voicing their frustration over the changes made to the state salary schedule that eliminated longevity pay, folding it up into the base pay of teachers. For some teachers who have been working for years in North Carolina, this change has cost them thousands of dollars a year. Read more here.
Google Fiber Coming To Triangle, Here’s What To Expect: Google Fiber is new technology that delivers high speed Internet, 100 times faster than basic broadband. Google Fiber first deployed in Kansas City. So we decided to call a resident and find out what it’s like. Read more here.
Study: Chatham Park to produce 115,000 jobs: “This project alone will quadruple the number of permanent jobs in Chatham County, as well as double the county’s tax revenue," said Dianne Reid, president of Chatham EDC. Read more here.
DPS leaders expect schools to receive poor grades: Durham school officials, and others across the state, are worried that the state-mandated school grading system will paint an unflattering and unfair picture of the teaching and learning that’s occurring in North Carolina classrooms. Read more here.