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The Latest: Cooper: Businesses, rich pay for teacher raises
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants to raise teacher pay higher on average than what the state budget currently plans for next fall, and corporations and high wage-earners would help pay for it.
Cooper unveiled Thursday proposed adjustments to the second year of the state government spending plan.
He says teachers would get average raises of 8 percent, compared to the roughly 6 percent the GOP-controlled legislature enacted for next year over Cooper’s veto.
Cooper says he’d locate $100 million for the raises by keeping the corporate tax rate at 3 percent, rather than let it fall to 2.5 percent in 2019, and by creating a new individual tax bracket for six-figure earners.
Cooper calls it “tax fairness for teacher pay” but Republican legislators who will approve adjustments say it sounds more like “an unserious attempt to score political points in an election year.”
DOCTOR-STORED HUMAN FAT
Doctor license on hold over fat storage, syringe allegations
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s Medical Board has suspended the license of a doctor who they say reused syringes and dermatology products on multiple patients and stored human fat in plastic bags in a closet.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports the board suspended the license of Dr. Anne Litton White of Winston-Salem effective last Monday following complaints from six former employees.
Among the accusations were that White did not allow staff to dispose of syringes and unused botulinum toxin or filler product, but had the unused portions stored in baggies in her office. At least four former workers said some of that product was later injected into another patient.
The newspaper could not reach White’s lawyer for comment.
White will have an opportunity to respond to the charges at a June 21 hearing.
POLICE OFFICER-LARCENY CHARGE
North Carolina cop accused of stealing from grocery store
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Detectives in North Carolina say a police officer is accused of shoplifting from a grocery store.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney told a news conference Thursday that officer Samuel Yaravitz was identified as a suspect in seven shoplifting cases from a Harris Teeter between Feb. 13 and May 9.
A news release from police said CMPD began a criminal and internal investigation after getting word that that one of its officers was shoplifting at a supermarket. Evidence and information gathered during the investigation helped detectives identify Yaravitz as the suspect.
Yaravitz, who is charged with seven counts of larceny, joined the police force in June 1999. His status couldn’t be determined Thursday.
Walking, biking path proposed in area traveled in 1770s
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
CANTON, N.C. (AP) – A project that would return pedestrian traffic to a corridor that has been used since at least the 1770s is being proposed in North Carolina.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the state Department of Transportation proposal is building a path along the south side of U.S. 19-23 east of Canton. The 10-foot-wide (3-meter-wide) path would also be open for bicycles.
The department was holding an informal public meeting in Canton on Thursday about its proposal. The path would be a part of a project to improve nearly 4 miles (6 kilometers) of the road from Canton’s east side to western Buncombe County. Canton is in Haywood County.
Department engineer Steve Williams says local government officials have pushed for the path. Construction would begin next summer and take a couple of years.
ESTRANGED HUSBAND-FATAL SHOOTING
Husband accused in fatal shooting after fight over his wife
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a man has been charged with murder after a fight with another man over his wife.
Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller told local news outlets that deputies reached a home Wednesday and found the body of 54-year-old Wayne Curry dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
Deputies say their investigation showed 62-year-old John Price Jr. shot Curry in a dispute over the suspect’s estranged wife, who was living with Curry. Miller said neighbors heard the shooting, saw Price trying to leave and held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived.
Miller says Price is charged with murder and is jailed without bond. It couldn’t be determined if he has an attorney.
MARITIME MYSTERY SOLVED
Divers confirm wreck off North Carolina coast is steam ship
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Divers have found proof that a shipwreck off the North Carolina coast is a steam ship that sank in 1838.
The Charlotte Observer reports Keith Webb of Blue Water Ventures International says a candlestick recovered from the wreck bears markings that indicate it came from the Pulaski. Blue Water Ventures and Endurance Exploration Group are leading the recovery effort.
The wreck is 40 miles (65 kilometers) off the coast, more than 10 miles (15 kilometers) farther out than historians originally believed the Pulaski went down. A 1919 account in “The Georgia Historical Quarterly” says a boiler explosion caused the ship to split in half. About half of the roughly 200 people aboard died.
North Carolina Maritime Museums Director Joseph Schwarzer says historians want to know whether the boiler really caused the Pulaski to sink or whether there was another reason.
Dentist’s office apologizes for ad with ethnic overtones
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina dentist’s office has apologized for an ad showing three white doctors wearing cultural garb.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Renaissance Dental Center in Raleigh placed the full-page ad in the May edition of Midtown Magazine showing the doctors with the headline, “Everyone smiles in the same language!” A banner with the words “Free Whitening System” ran below the photo.
One doctor wore a kimono while a second depicted a Native American. The third doctor appeared in Scottish wear.
In its apology posted to Twitter Thursday, the dentist’s office said it was “attempting to focus upon something that unites us.” It said the office realized the ad was “ignorant and offensive.”
Previous ads show the doctors posing in referee’s shirts, construction hats and exercise clothes.
2nd teen dies from injuries in North Carolina wreck
HENDERSON, N.C. (AP) – A second teen has died from injuries in a two-vehicle wreck in North Carolina.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Knox told local media Wednesday that 17-year-old Elijah Brown of Henderson died from his injuries. Brown had been flown to the Duke University Hospital in Durham after the wreck Saturday.
He was a passenger in the same vehicle as 16-year-old Kasi Thompson of Henderson, who died in the wreck.
Twenty-nine-year-old Ryan Lee Matthew Taylor already has been charged with second-degree murder in Thompson’s death. The same charges are expected in Brown’s death.
Troopers say Taylor failed to slow as he approached the vehicle with the victim and caused the collision.