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COMMON CORE-NC

What's happening to Common Core in NC?

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The General Assembly passed a law this summer opponents of Common Core hope will derail its use in North Carolina's public schools. But the law doesn't mean the academic standards have been automatically eliminated.

The law keeps the math and language arts standards originating from Common Core and approved four years ago in place until new ones are approved by the State Board of Education.

Legislators created a special commission to make recommendations to the board about how to replace those standards and whether to keep any currently ones.

The commission was supposed to meet by now, but its 11 members have yet to be announced.

Common Core critic Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is urging parents and activists who don't like the standards to speak out at expected public meetings.

UNC GRADES

UNC-Chapel Hill includes more info in transcripts

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is including more information on transcripts starting this fall.

Along with students' grades, The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the school will include the median grade of all the students in the class.

The university says that will help anyone reviewing a transcript to put grades in context. Cary pre-med student Alex Kacvinsky says his B-plus in a recent biology class looks a lot better beside the class average of a C-minus.

The transcripts will now also include a student's schedule point average, which will compute the average grade for all classes. That number can easily be compared to a student's grade point average to see if a high number is thanks to hard work or an easy class schedule.

STEPFATHER KILLED

Missing snow globe leads to dropped murder charge

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) - A judge dropped a murder charge against a Burke County man accused of killing his stepfather because deputies couldn't find the snow globe the suspect said was thrown at him before the shooting.

The News Herald of Morganton reports the snow globe was found undisturbed in an evidence room two days after the murder charge against 28-year-old Timothy Bumgarner was dropped. But deputies say they don't plan to refile charges against Bumgarner at this time.

Bumgarner told deputies he shot his stepfather, 40-year-old Filiberto Rubio, because he feared for his life after Rubio threw a snow globe at him during a Thanksgiving Day 2010 fight.

Prosecutors didn't return phone calls from the newspaper. District Attorney-elect David Learner says he will review the case when he takes office in January.

CLUB EMBEZZLEMENT

Embezzlement charge against youth club leader

HAMPSTEAD, N.C. (AP) - Investigators say the president of a youth baseball club in Pender County stole more than $30,000 from the organization.

Pender County deputies say in a news release that 46-year-old Thomas Dematteo has been charged with embezzlement.

Authorities say Dematteo took the money from the Topsail Baseball Club in Hampstead for 15 months starting in April 2013. Dematteo was both president and treasurer of the club.

Deputies say the case remains under investigation. It was not known if Dematteo has a lawyer.

FAYETTEVILLE SLAYING

Masked suspects kill man in Fayetteville shooting

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say two men in masks shot and killed another man after an argument at a Fayetteville nightclub.

Cumberland County deputies say in a news release that 31-year-old Dekendric Graham left Club Zero after an argument around 4:30 a.m. Saturday and went to a friend's house.

Investigators say two men in ski masks came up to Graham outside the home, shot him with a handgun, and left in a vehicle. Graham died a short time later at the hospital.

Detectives are talking to people who were at the club as they try to find the two men. No arrests have been made.

REIDSVILLE DEATH

Suspicious death investigated in Reidsville

REIDSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Rockingham County deputies are investigating the death of a man found inside his Reidsville home.

Deputies told multiple media outlets that family members found 44-year-old Michael Wayne Smith's body in his home on state Highway 65 around 10 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities say they aren't sure what killed Smith and his body has been sent off for an autopsy.

PARTY SHOOTING

1 dead in shooting at large party in Burlington

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Investigators say one man was killed and a second critically injured in a shooting at a Burlington motel where several hundred people were gathered for a party.

Police said in a news release that 24-year-old David Williams died a short time after he was shot around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities say Williams was at a party at the Quality Inn in Burlington to celebrate the release of an album.

Burlington police say there were so many people at the motel at the time of the shooting, they asked five other police agencies for help handling the crowd.

No arrests have been made. Police are urging anyone who was at the party and knows what happened to talk to investigators and not seek out retaliation on their own.

WELDON SHOOTINGS

2nd suspect arrested in death of Weldon teen

WELDON, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say they have arrested a second suspect in the killing of a Weldon teen that led to the retaliation slaying of a 2-year-old girl.

Halifax County deputies told the Daily Herald of Roanoke Rapids that 19-year-old Dalonte Bradley is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 4 killing of 15-year-old Keyuon Garner.

Authorities say four people angry about Garner's death then shot at a home in Weldon the next day, killing 2-year-old Dy'uanna Anderson and wounding her grandmother. Four suspects have been charged in that shooting.

Deputies are still looking for a third suspect, Teddy Anderson Jr., in the teen's death. He is the uncle of the toddler killed.

Bradley was arrested Thursday. It wasn't known if he had an attorney.

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