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Saturday - April 19, 2014
NC Public Schools Are Facing Teacher Shortage

RALEIGH -- It is getting harder to recruit new teachers to North Carolina Public Schools, according to Wake County Public School System Chair Christine Kushner. She says another obstacle was thrown in the path of incoming teachers when a state additive for teachers with a Masters degree was eliminated.

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Teacher Resignations Are Rising In The State's Largest School District

RALEIGH -- School leaders announced Thursday that nearly 7% of teachers in the Wake County Public School System resigned their positions since July, 2013, the start of the school year. Dr. Michael Maher, Asst. Dean for Professional Education at NC State, says not only are teachers leaving the profession, but fewer students are entering university's to study teaching.

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Gov. McCrory Has Announced A New Plan To Tackle Coal Ash Basins

RALEIGH -- Governor Pat McCrory announced a plan Wednesday that would address coal ash ponds and strengthen environmental and health regulations. The initiative would result in the conversion or closure of all the state’s coal ash ponds, close loopholes in state law to strengthen the state’s ability to regulate coal ash ponds, eliminate special exemptions for utilities and increase regulatory authority to ensure dam safety and protect water quality.

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NC Supreme Court Heard Arguments Involving Role Of Race In Death Sentence

RALEIGH -- North Carolina's highest court is again looking into the state's capital punishment laws. The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases involving convicted murderers whose trials were scrutinized under the now-repealed Racial Justice Act. Prosecutor Danielle Elder argued the death penalty should be reinstated in the cases.

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Same-Sex Ban Supporters Have Responded To Recent Legal Action

RALEIGH -- Supporters of the constitutional ban on gay marriage say there was no need for an additional legal action this week. Tammi Fitzgerald with the North Carolina Values Coalition says her group and others also want to make sure the will of the voters is fully represented by the state.

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