Wake County

Education
4:24 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Judge: Law Repealing Teacher Tenure Is Unconstitutional

Credit SalFalko via Flickr, Creative Commons

 A Wake County superior court judge ruled Friday that a state law ending teacher tenure is unconstitutional, arguing the state cannot take away the due process rights of teachers.  

Judge Robert Hobgood ordered a permanent injunction against the law, which would eliminate career status – commonly known as teacher tenure – by 2018. His ruling also said that the law violated the constitutional protection of contracts, and the prohibition against taking a person’s property.

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Law
7:34 am
Fri April 11, 2014

5 Arrested After Kidnapping Of Wake County Prosecutor's Father

The FBI says a North Carolina man who was rescued from kidnappers on Wednesday might have been targeted because of his daughter’s work as a prosecutor in Wake County.

Frank Janssen was missing from his home in Wake Forest for five days before an FBI team found and rescued him in Atlanta.

Investigators say Janssen’s captors were communicating via cell phone with a man whom Janssen’s daughter, a prosecutor who focuses on drug and gang cases, put in prison for life.

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Education
3:56 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Ranking Teachers: NC Bets Big On A Complicated Stats Model

State Senator Jerry Tillman addresses the Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Next month, a million or so North Carolina public-school students between third and twelfth grade will start taking tests. Lots of them. Reading and math tests for the younger kids; biology, Algebra, and English for the older kids.

Their scores will be tabulated and run through some servers at SAS Institute, a private company in Cary. There, software called EVAAS will compare the test score the student earned to one a statistical model predicted the student should get.

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Wake County District Attorney Steps Down After Nearly Three Decades

Wake County District Attorney Colon WIlloughby
Credit http://web.co.wake.nc.us/ / Wake County District Attorney's Office

A conversation with Wake County’s District Attorney, Colon Willoughby

  

In his 27 years as Wake County’s District Attorney, Colon Willoughby has prosecuted everything from high-profile murder cases to corruption in state government. For Willoughby, integrity and impartiality are vital components of the role. 

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Business & Economy
7:50 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Wake County Landfill Buys 10 More Years

The amount of garbage going into the Wake County land fill has shrunk over the last four years.
Credit N.C. Division of Waste Management

The amount of garbage headed to the Wake County has dropped significantly in the past few years.

In 2009, the county buried 460,000 tons of garbage. That dropped to 400,000 last year.

Wake County Solid Waste Manager John Roberson says a number of factors impacted the reduction in waste going to the landfill: People bought and threw out less during the recession, recycling options improved, and commercial waste businesses disposed of garbage elsewhere.

Roberson says his division saw a $2 million drop in revenue over the past four years.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Rail Transit Shot Down By Panel Of Experts

Credit Triangle Transit Authority

  

Wake County commissioners invited a panel of experts to weigh-in on possible plans to develop rail transit in the county.

The three experts urged the county to focus on other mass transit solutions like expanding the bus system. Host Frank Stasio talks with Bruce Siceloff, a reporter for the News & Observer about the future of mass transit in Wake County.

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Transportation
8:10 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Wake Transit Plan Gets First Public Look

A 14-mile light rail line is part of Triangle Transit's proposal for Wake County.
Credit Triangle Transit Authority

Commissioners in Wake County are holding their first public discussion about a plan for expanded bus and light rail services.

The board meets Tuesday morning with three transit experts from outside the state.  It's the county's first public meeting about the plan, which Triangle Transit Authority presented in 2011.  Commissioners have declined to bring it up for discussion since then. 

Commissioner Paul Coble says he wants a second opinion.

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Business & Economy
9:23 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Economic Growth Revives Wake Library Projects

An artist's rendering of the Northeast Regional Library planned for Raleigh.
Credit Streamside Perspective / Wake County

Commissioners in Wake County have started the process of reviving construction projects for new libraries.  The board voted Monday night to revisit plans for a regional library in northeast Raleigh. 

The county drew up a design in 2007, but construction was postponed during the recession.  Voters passed a $45 million bond that year for library projects across the county, but commissioner Phil Matthews suggested this week that staff members should review population growth before going ahead with other plans in Garner, Cary and Fuquay-Varina.

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The State of Things
11:11 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New Program Offers Hope For Domestic Violence Survivors

Credit Ian D. Keating via Flickr, Creative Commons

    

One in four women in America will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Health
7:53 am
Tue September 17, 2013

UNC Opens Mental Health Facility In Wake County As Part Of Deal With WakeMed

UNC Health Care has opened a new mental hospital in Wake County after building repairs caused a two-month delay. 

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