RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A study panel composed of several North Carolina House members and charged with considering wide-ranging changes to K-12 education has held its first meeting. The House Select Committee on an Education System for North Carolina’s Future could spend up to two years examining a host of governance, course-of-study and personnel issues, making recommendations and generating legislation.  Any legislation would still have to be acted on by the full House and Senate. The committee heard Monday about the history of education governance in the state and the interplay between the State Board of Education, General Assembly and superintendent of public instruction.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a North Carolina woman says he brother was shackled to a floor while in police custody and didn’t get help from police officers who watched him swallow cocaine, beg for water and tell them he couldn’t breathe. The Charlotte Observer reports Andrell Mackey filed the lawsuit Thursday in Mecklenburg County Superior Court. Mackey’s brother, Harold Easter, died on Jan. 26, 2020, three days after he was arrested and detained in a police station. Named in the lawsuit are five former officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the city of Charlotte, which is named because it’s responsible for ensuring officers are adequately trained.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed “North Carolina School Choice Week” for the first time since the Democrat took over the job more than five years ago. His decision is interesting given Cooper has raised issues over expanding the number of charter schools. And he’s opposed relentlessly efforts to expand the state-funded Opportunity Scholarship Program. Cooper’s spokesperson said the governor signed the proclamation at the request of the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools, adding that “educators at all levels” have responded to unprecedented challenges over the past two years. The North Carolina week coincides with National School Choice Week.


ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) — Police in an eastern North Carolina city are investigating the shooting death of a teenager found inside a home. Rocky Mount officers responding to a shooting report shortly in the early-morning hours Sunday found the 17-year-old with a gunshot wound. He was taken to UNC Nash Health Care, where he was later pronounced dead. Police are investigating what led to the shooting and are seeking help from the public.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As North Carolina hospitals treat a record number of coronavirus patients, state health officials say they’re seeking federal support in the Charlotte area. With Atrium Health, the state’s largest health provider, Health and Human Services and Emergency Management officials are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for staffing support. Health officials say North Carolina has set daily hospitalization records all month and reached another high with 4,867 people hospitalized Thursday. Since hospitalizations lag case increases, officials say this number could go higher. Atrium Health said it has taken measures to stretch capacity, but it’s above 95% capacity. Health officials say unvaccinated people make up 72% of hospitalizations.

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