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Teachers get iPads to help with student reading literacy
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina public school reading teachers in early grades will benefit from new technology to help them better monitor student literacy strengths and weaknesses.
State schools Superintendent Mark Johnson says the Department of Public Instruction has provided iPads to every reading teacher in kindergarten through third grade, delivering them in time for the start of classes. Johnson is highlighting the purchases Wednesday at an event in Salisbury.
Johnson’s office says the devices cost $6 million, with funds coming from those previously unused from the state’s Read to Achieve program, designed to have students reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Some districts who don’t use iPads will receive other devices.
Johnson announced in March each K-3 reading teacher was getting $200 to purchase literacy materials.



Off-duty officer pulls gun on race car driver after crash
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say an off-duty police officer pulled a gun on a race car driver who had just hit another stock car.
Citing a Winston-Salem police release, news outlets report Officer C.K. Robertson was working at Bowman Gray Stadium when Andy Spears’ car rammed Blake Walker’s disabled car mid-race Saturday, striking Walker. Workers had been helping Walker out of the car after a wreck.
The statement says Spears’ car spun around and seemed about to hit workers and Walker again when Robertson drew his weapon “to stop the deadly threat.”
While police say Spears “intentionally” rammed Walker, he says his steering was broken and the collision was an accident.
The racetrack suspended both drivers for a week. Walker isn’t pursuing charges against Spears. Police are reviewing Robertson’s actions.



Despite mom’s plea, “Fortnite” lawsuit against teen advances
(Information from: The Herald-Sun, http://www.herald-sun.com)
CARY, N.C. (AP) – Despite a plea from a Delaware teen’s mother, developers of popular third-person shooter game “Fortnite” will be allowed to pursue their lawsuit against him after he boasted online about using cheat software.
The Herald-Sun reported Tuesday a federal judge sided with North Carolina-based Epic Games in mid-July, ruling it has a “plausible claim” for copyright infringement and other legal transgressions.
Epic filed multiple such lawsuits last fall, but this case attracted notoriety when the mother of the teen known on YouTube as “Sky Orbit” accused Epic of “using a 14-year-old child as a scapegoat.” Her letter to the judge also argued the “Fortnite” license wasn’t legally binding, because a minor can’t enter into a contract.
The case file indicates the teen hasn’t hired a lawyer or formally responded to the lawsuit, despite last month’s deadline.



Feds file charges against man who fled police stop in July
GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) – Federal authorities say they’ve charged a North Carolina man believed to be still on the run after pulling a gun on a New York police officer three weeks ago.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rochester on Tuesday charged 49-year-old David Clyde Morgan, of Wilmington, with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges were filed the same day officials in Livingston County released police dash camera video of the July 18 encounter with Morgan.
Authorities say a Geneseo police officer fired once at Morgan after he pointed a handgun at the officer after being pulled over on a rural road. Morgan and his girlfriend, Sandra Brown, then fled into a nearby cornfield. She was caught soon afterward. Morgan escaped despite extensive police searches.
He’s on federal probation for a drug conviction.



Pregnant 18-year-old shot, killed in North Carolina
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Police say an 18-year-old pregnant woman was shot and killed at a North Carolina home.
News outlets cite a High Point police release that says responding officers found 32-year-old Corey S. Ray shot in the buttocks and 18-year-old Anastaista Ray suffering from a gunshot wound to the head Monday night.
Witnesses told police they saw an SUV drive by the residence and fire multiple shots. Officers found around 20 shell casings in the road.
Both victims were hospitalized. Investigators were told shortly after midnight that Anastaista Ray and her unborn child had died. Corey Ray is listed as stable, but his exact condition is unknown.
No motive or suspects have been identified.
Anastaista Ray’s mother, Talisha Ray, tells news outlets her daughter was due Sept. 26.



Charlottesville gave momentum to Confederate monument foes
Efforts to take down America’s monuments honoring slain Confederate soldiers and the generals who led them gained explosive momentum following the deadly violence a year ago in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Monuments at public parks, county courthouses and college campuses fell almost daily for weeks after a speeding car killed a woman and injured dozens on Aug. 12, 2017. The vehicle plowed into a crowd protesting a gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville whose stated goal was to protect a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee.
A list compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center shows at least 30 Confederate monuments have been uprooted in the past year.
Many more Confederate monuments remain standing, in part because seven Southern states have laws protecting them.



North Carolina university receives $2.5M donation
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina university has received a $2.5 million donation designed to help students who have limited options for paying for college.
UNC Asheville announced Tuesday that the estate of Sally Birge, an Asheville native and successful real estate agent in California, made the donation.
According to a news release from the school, Birge had no surviving relatives and decided to use her fortune to support higher education in the community where she was born.
David Pierce, a California attorney who managed her estate, said Birge attended college briefly but was unable to finish. Pierce said her legacy is to provide for those who otherwise couldn’t afford a college education by giving them the benefit of her wealth.
Birge died on Jan. 5, 2017 at age 80.



North Carolina House Rep. Ed Hanes of Winston-Salem resigns
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina House member is stepping down three months before his re-election bid.
Democratic Rep. Ed Hanes of Winston-Salem submitted a news release announcing his resignation Tuesday with the House clerk’s office. Hanes was in his third term and set to face Republican Reginald Reid in November in the 72nd House District.
Hanes didn’t give a reason in the release for his departure but says he will “explore interests and opportunities across a number of platforms.” Now Forsyth County Democratic activists can choose a replacement to fill Hanes’ spot on the ballot and his House term through the end of the year.
Hanes has been a vocal school choice advocate who spoke out for legislation that gave taxpayer-funded scholarships for children to attend private or religious schools.