State Politics

Gas tax ‘cut’ will boost NC DOT revenues by $400 million

House and Senate leaders announced a deal Thursday that will gradually cut a few pennies off the state gas and diesel fuel tax over the next two years – starting next week – and cancel a much more substantial cut that would have cost the state Department of Transportation hundreds of jobs and more than $400 million in revenues.

Education

Wake County making safety upgrades to school buses

Wake County is retrofitting all its school buses with a new lighting system to give increased notice when they’re stopping to pick up and drop off students. Some buses got exterior cameras mounted on their stop arms to identify motorists who pass them illegally, and some got interior cameras to monitor student behavior.

World

Alone at controls, co-pilot sought to destroy plane, prosecutor says

The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight locked himself in the cockpit and, with apparent cool precision, deliberately slammed into snow-capped mountains, French prosecutor Brice Robin says, in a stunning twist to a tragedy that killed all 150 people aboard. “People who commit suicide usually do so alone ... I don’t call it a suicide,” Robin says.

Blogs & Columns

Luke DeCock

ACC basketball history will be made Friday

It’s still strange to think this is an ACC game in an ACC city, with NC State and Louisville playing a regional semifinal in Syracuse, only the fourth time ACC teams have met in the NCAA tournament, but that’s the conference in 2015.

North Carolina

UNC falls to Wisconsin 79-72 in Sweet 16

North Carolina’s season ended Thursday night with a 79-72 loss against Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament – a defeat that will be remembered for the Tar Heels’ inability to hold a second half lead, again, and for a comeback attempt in the final minute that proved futile.

National

In Bergdahl case, the rare charge of misbehavior

The more serious of two charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is a rare and obscure charge called “misbehavior before the enemy,” one that left military lawyers struggling to recall the last time it was leveled against a U.S. service member. Whereas desertion carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a conviction of misbehavior before the enemy can result in a life sentence.

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