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Monday, July 28, 2014

First Drip (7/28/14): Charlotte missionary infected with Ebola, U.N. calls for cease-fire in Gaza, more

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Nancy Writebol, a member of Charlotte’s Calvary Church and a missionary in Africa, was infected with the Ebola virus while trying to combat an outbreak in Liberia. Writebol was working as a hygienist, spraying protective suits worn by doctors treating Ebola patients. Her husband David, who's also a missionary in Africa, said she is in isolation, as the virus is highly contagious.

State legislators say they have finally agreed on a version of the budget nearly a month into the fiscal year. Teachers will receive a 7 percent raise, and teacher assistant positions will be saved. Lawmakers have agreed to cut $135 million in funding for Medicaid but will leave the details to a subcommittee.

The U.N. Security Council called for an “immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in Gaza in attempts to end a three-week conflict that has already killed an estimated 1,035 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.

A man was killed and at least 20 were injured or rattled by lightening after a rare summer storm hit Southern California. "Witnesses said they saw a glare of light and heard a tremendous boom as lightning struck the water off of Venice Beach around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Swimmers cooling off on a muggy day, volleyball players on the sand and people strolling the famous boardwalk were jolted."

Former vice president nominee Sarah Palin is launching her own "low-budget" TV channel that's pricier than Netflix.

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