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15-year-old heading to Stanford University on scholarship
CARY, N.C. (AP) – A 15-year-old math whiz in North Carolina has earned a scholarship to Stanford University. WRAL reported Wednesday that Kenan Hasanaliyev is a standout student at Triangle Math and Science Academy in the Raleigh suburb of Cary. He earned math credits in sixth grade that put him three grades ahead. Since then, he’s mastered AP Calculus and áCalculus 2 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He’s also taken graduate-level math classes. Kenan is not old enough to drive. He said his parents will move out to California with him. Stanford is located between San Francisco and San Jose.
MISSING HISTORICAL MARKER
Highway marker honoring Native American athlete is missing
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina officials say a highway marker honoring a Native American Olympic gold medalist has gone missing. News outlets report the marker honoring James “Jim” Francis Thorpe was reportedly still at its post in Rocky Mount as of last week. The state says Thorpe was born on an Oklahoma reservation in 1888 and became a professional baseball player in 1909 when he joined the Rocky Mount Railroaders in North Carolina. It says he also played professional football and was a standout in track and field. Three years later, he won gold medals in the pentathlon and the decathlon at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. A town in Pennsylvania is named after him.
ASSAULTED IN HOME
Police: 3 tied up, assaulted inside North Carolina home
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina are looking for three men who attacked three people inside a home. Authorities say one of the suspects knocked on the door and a man answered. The suspect struck the man with a gun. All three suspects then entered the home. They bound the hands and feet of the man who answered the door, a woman and a 15-year-old. The suspects carried out the attack on the three people using a firearm, a stun gun, a knife and a blunt instrument. The man and woman were severely injured. The teen had minor injuries.
Deputies: Felon caught speeding had sawed-off shotgun, drugs
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man pulled over for speeding on an interstate in North Carolina was caught with drugs and a shotgun. News outlets report 22-year-old Jason Rattz was going 108 mph in a 70 mph zone Monday on I-85 in Rowan County. Officials say a state trooper saw a glass smoking device used to ingest meth inside the vehicle. Deputies performed a search and found a sawed-off shotgun and crystal methamphetamine. Officials say Rattz is a convicted felon not permitted to have a gun. He was booked in jail and has since bonded out. It’s unclear whether he had an attorney who could speak for him.
MISSING TEEN-GUILTY PLEA
Teen’s adoptive father pleads guilty to second-degree murder
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – The adoptive father of a North Carolina teenager who was missing for years before her body was found in South Carolina has pleaded guilty to murder and other charges. News sources report Sandy Parsons, the adoptive father of Erica Parsons, pleaded guilty in Rowan County Superior Court on Tuesday to second-degree murder, child abuse, concealment of death and obstruction. Casey and Sandy Parsons were charged in the death of Erica Parsons, who was reported missing in July 2013, two years after she had last been seen alive. In August, Casey Parsons was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder and other charges.
US senator proposes money, oversight to boost dam safety
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is proposing to boost federal efforts to fortify the nation’s dams following an Associated Press investigation that found scores of potentially troubling dams around the country. Gillibrand said Tuesday that new legislation should ensure that federal standards are in place to make dams more resilient to extreme weather stemming from climate change. She also called on her colleagues in Congress to increase federal funding to fix unsafe dams. An AP report last month identified at least 1,688 high-hazard dams rated in poor or unsatisfactory condition as of last year in 44 states and Puerto Rico.
Microsoft keeps building in N Carolina with 500 more jobs
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Microsoft Corp. is ready to grow its North Carolina workforce even further with 500 new jobs in the Raleigh-Durham area. áGov. Roy Cooper and Microsoft executives made the announcement Tuesday, áless than two months after the software and cloud-computing giant unveiled 430 additional positions for Charlotte. The latest round of jobs predominantly will go to software engineers and developers, with average wages of $125,000. Microsoft can receive state cash incentives for both the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham expansions if the company meets job-creation and investment goals.áMicrosoft already has nearly 2,000 employees in North Carolina. Houston was also in the running for theájobs announced Tuesday.