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NC teachers offered more money to move to Texas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina teachers are being offered substantially higher salaries to move and teach in Texas.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the Houston Independent School District held a job recruitment fair in Charlotte on Friday, following similar events in Greensboro and Raleigh.

Teachers say the Houston offer, with a starting salary of more than $49,000, is enticing, especially for young teachers.

The average starting salary for a North Carolina teacher is less than $31,000, which is below all neighboring states. The National Education Association says the state's slip to 46th for teacher pay is the result of five years of pay freezes.

Houston Federation of Teachers president Gayle Fallon says the salary differences make North Carolina teachers "easy pickings."

The Houston district is the largest in Texas and seventh-largest nationwide.


Researchers looking into beach rip currents

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) - About 100 people in the U.S. drown each year because of rip currents, and around 80 percent of swimmers who have to be rescued in the ocean are caught in them.

Earlier this week, researchers launched GPS-equipped "drifters" into the Atlantic Ocean to get a better idea of how these deadly currents work.

A researcher says that any beach with breaking waves is going to have rip currents and if you don't know what a rip current is, you're at risk.

The scientists gather data from the GPS systems to identify the currents movement along the shores.

Rip currents claimed at least 83 lives last year, according to the National Weather Service. Experts believe the actual toll was even higher.


Gastonia exploring idea of public firearms park

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina city has set aside $150,000 that could be used to buy hundreds of acres for a public shooting park.

The Gaston Gazette reports that noise from Gastonia's current rifle and pistol range is bothering visitors to the adjacent Rankin Lake Park. Council members have previously considered reducing the hours at the Gastonia Skeet and Trap Range, but that was voted down a year ago.

Councilwoman Brenda Craig says the popular shooting range is also reaching capacity.

She says the city needs to buy at least 250 acres for a shooting park that includes eight skeet fields and could host tournaments.

Craig says the park could attract area residents who don't have a public, outdoor place where they can go shoot.


American doctor in Africa gets treatment for Ebola

BOONE, N.C. (AP) - A spokeswoman for an aid organization says an American doctor is receiving intensive medical treatment in West Africa after he was infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

Melissa Strickland is a spokeswoman for North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse. She said Sunday that Dr. Kent Brantly was in stable condition, talking with his doctors and working on his computer while receiving care.

She cautions that Brantly is not out of the woods. She says patients have a better chance of survival if they receive treatment immediately after being infected, which Brantly did.

The highly contagious virus is one of the most deadly diseases in the world.

Brantly has been working with Samaritan's Purse in Liberia since October 2013 as part of the group's post-residency program for doctors. He is 33 years old.

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