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by Robert W. Pacheco

Items from across the Triad and beyond

GOV. MCCRORY ANNOUNCES PAY HIKE FOR TEACHERS

Gov. Pat McCrory chose his alma mater of Ragsdale High School to announce a new set of proposals regarding the pay of North Carolina’s teachers. Surrounded by educators and politicians, McCrory announced a 14% hike in the pay of North Carolina teachers over the next two years.

McCrory said that the money to pay for this pay hike will come from revenue retained by the state during recent budget cuts to popular programs, such as the cuts to Medicaid. McCrory emphasized that no new taxes will be required to fund the pay hike.

The pay raise to new North Carolina teachers would propel the mean salary from the 48 th ranked state in teacher pay to the middle of the pack. Critics of the plan said it does not address the pay deficiencies for veteran educators.

K-9 UNIT GEST HERO´S FUNERAL IN DAVIE COUNTY

K-9 police unit Gorky was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 22. Following a hostage standoff the suspect discharged a shotgun in the direction of officers fatally striking the K-9 three times. Gorky passed away the following morning.

On Sunday Feb. 9, approximately 1,500 people gathered at Davie County High School in Mocksville to show their appreciation for Officer Gorky. His handler, Officer Chris Fleming – who was also injured by the suspect – gave thanks to his partner of four years.

“If it had not been for Gorky, the funeral today would have probably been for me,” Fleming said

HIT AND RUN (TIME TWO) IN WINSTON-SALEM

A pedestrian has died from injuries sustained Sunday Feb. 9, after being hit by two vehicles in Winston-Salem.

Police responded to the incident on University Parkway in Winston-Salem at approximately 6 p.m. The injured person was hit by multiple vehicles traveling in the northbound lanes. The person was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and listed in critical condition. Police later said the person had died from those injuries.

The pedestrian has not been identified.

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