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Thursday, June 5, 2014

First Drip (6/5/14): McCrory signs fracking bill, Hugo the Hornet returns, more

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Several school superintendents, including Heath Morrison, gathered yesterday to call on state legislators to find a better way to give teachers raises. They worry the Senate's budget, which includes an 11-percent raise at the cost of teacher assistant cuts, will only hurt the classroom.

Hugo the Hornet returns to Charlotte. If you missed him waving the Buzz City flag on top of the arena, check him out at the corner of Trade and Tryon streets from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Gov. McCrory signed the controversial fracking bill into law yesterday. "Critics of fracking want subsidies directed to promote solar power and wind energy, not a booming industry sector that is thriving on its own," but McCrory totes the move as North Carolina's first step into energy exploration.

After a video surfaced recently showing alleged animal abuse at a North Carolina Butterball facility, state legislators are considering making it illegal to go undercover. Some lawmakers say posing as a worker to go undercover is employment fraud, and they are looking at ways to make it illegal to do that in North Carolina. "That is wrong,' said Sen. Brent Jackson (R-Sampson). "It's employment fraud and I think they ought to be held accountable."

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