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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

First Drip (4/16/14): N.C. veteran teachers shouldn't expect raises this year, more

Starting teachers may see a boost in their paychecks this year, but veterans shouldn't get their hopes up. "The latest revenue report forecasts limited growth, so GOP legislative leaders say the state is too cash-strapped for the across-the-board increases demanded by teachers, who rank among the lowest paid in the nation."

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction apparently misspoke - "Our attorneys misunderstood the question" - when it said in March that salaries for charter school leaders are exempt from public disclosure, even though the schools receive hundreds of millions in public spending. The schools are now required to disclose the information.

The mother of a 3-year-old boy in Nebraska called the police when her son went missing. Fortunately he was found uninjured, but in the weirdest of places: a bowling alley toy-claw machine. "You have to weave your way in and out, so he had to work pretty hard to get in there," said Jim Lakey with VVS, the owner of the machine, in an interview. He added, "It's kind of a rarity." The boy was allowed to keep a stuffed animal.

Authorities still aren't sure why a ferry carrying 459 passengers capsized off the coast of South Korea, killing four and injuring dozens others. Nearly 300 people are still missing, and about 164 have been rescued.

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