Friday, June 27, 2014

First Drip (6/27/14): State signs toll-road contract, more

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 9:26 AM

The state Department of Transportation has signed off on a contract that will bring toll roads to I-77 between Charlotte and Mooresville. One study said a one-way toll could reach as much as $20 by 2035.

A former employee has brought an employee discrimination lawsuit against Catawba County District Attorney Jay Gaither. Whitney Shaffer alleges that Gaither made sexual advances and intimidated her with the things he said. "Gaither, who is married with four children, told WBTV that Shaffer resigned after alleged inappropriate behavior on her part. Shaffer's attorney, John Buric, disagrees: 'I think it is about a woman who was working for a man in a very powerful position who we believe abused the position that he is in.'"

Almost 400 people have died from an Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia this year. The World Health Organization calls it the worst outbreak ever.

A 12-year-old boy from Detroitwas found in his parents' basement after having been missing for 12 days. "Officers had searched the home on at least three occasions since then, but stumbled across the boy apparently hiding behind boxes and a large plastic drum Wednesday afternoon. There was some bedding, soda bottles and cereal nearby, but police have said they do not believe the boy was in the basement area the whole time."

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