Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:34:08 GMT
Authorities in North Carolina say a Greenwood man, who posed as a pastor and state law enforcement agent, was part of an elaborate scheme to steal money from people who believed they had found an onlineMore >>
Authorities in North Carolina say a Greenwood man, who allegedly posed as a pastor and state law enforcement agent, was part of an elaborate scheme to steal money from men who believed they had found an online friend who was comfortable enough to share nude photos of herself with them.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:55:20 GMT
The driver of a 2002 Chrysler 300 who was killed on Highway 215 on Monday afternoon was not wearing a seatbelt, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres said the crash happenedMore >>
The driver of a 2002 Chrysler 300 who was killed on Highway 215 on Monday afternoon was not wearing a seatbelt, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:42 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:42:31 GMT
Douglas Clayton O'Neal's fate was seemingly decided on June 12, 1991.As a 31-year-old man, O'Neal, a man prosecutors called a pimp and a serial killer, was found guilty by a jury of his peers for the secondMore >>
Douglas Clayton O'Neal's fate was seemingly decided on June 12, 1991.More >>
RALEIGH, N.C. -
Public pressure is growing on the McCrory administration to revise a law that will give the top 25 percent of teachers raises if they give up their tenure.
Wake County and several other school districts have formally spoken out against the 2013 law, which directs them to pick the best 25 percent of its classroom teachers and offer them the tenure-ending contracts. Those who accept the contracts would get bonuses.
Gov. Pat McCrory said he shares the concerns of some about how the tenure-ending law is being implemented, promising to review it with an eye toward changing it. However any changes would need the approval of the General Assembly.
McCrory's education adviser said blow back from the education community prompted the review.
"We've been hearing from superintendents and practitioners that they need a little more control on this," Eric Guckian said. "We want to keep the standard high and consistent, and this is very complex work and to do it in a way where we incentivize teamwork."
Still, not everyone in the teaching field is happy with the governor's promise. Elizabeth Whisenant, who has spent nearly a decade in the classroom, said for the change in the tenure law to be acceptable, it needs to be re-written from top to bottom.
"Modified, meaning overhauled and changing completely," Whisenant said. "Just tweaking it to make it sound better, it's not worth looking at over again."
McCrory said he's not thinking about repeal, but believes there is a better way to implement the change.
"That was an example of a law in which the intent was good, but they weren't sure of the execution. I think improvements need to be made on that law regarding the execution," McCrory said. "The intent remains the same, but the execution can be much more clearly thought out and be more long-term."
The North Carolina Association of Educators is one of two groups that have filed lawsuits against the law. The groups says no amount of modification is acceptable.
"We'll pull back this lawsuit if they repeal it," NCAE president Rodney Ellis said. "There's no modification that's going to make it any better. It's simply bad policy."
McCrory promised that his staff will finish its review of the law before the General Assembly reconvenes for the short session in May.
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-07-30 13:11:23 GMT
A Midlands man is facing a federal indictment for weapons possession in connection to the shooting death of a young girl at a birthday party earlier this year.The indictment names 27-year old Warren McDaniel.More >>
A Midlands man is facing a federal indictment for weapons possession in connection to the shooting death of a young girl at a birthday party earlier this year.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:17:37 GMT
A Richland County sheriff's deputy was involved in a traffic accident near Interstate 77 and Two Notch Rd Friday, Lt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff's Department said. Wilson said theMore >>
The Richland County Sheriff's Department has fired a deputy who ran a red light and caused an accident Friday night.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:40:36 GMT
Columbia Police have released surveillance photos of a man wanted for robbing a bank Tuesday on Beltline Blvd.Police say the Community Bank on West Beltline Blvd. was robbed Tuesday at about 11 a.m. TheMore >>
Columbia Police have released surveillance photos of a man wanted for robbing a bank Tuesday on Beltline Blvd.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:38:32 GMT
The financial situation at Kershaw Health could be improving.Fitch Ratings upgraded its outlook for KershawHealth from negative to stable this week. But the global rating agency also downgraded KershawHealth'sMore >>
The financial situation at Kershaw Health could be improving.More >>