State Politics

McCrory pitches a stay-the-course budget

Gov. Pat McCrory unveiled his proposed $21.5 billion budget Thursday, describing it as a conservative approach that makes cuts where needed in order to put money where it will have the most impact. The governor tried to keep the spotlight on education, emphasizing that more than $1 billion will have been spent on teacher pay during his first term in office, if the budget is adopted by the General Assembly. He said 56 percent of the budget would go to education.

North Carolina

Former UNC football player Ryan Hoffman struggles on streets in Florida

Nearly 20 years and more than 100 pounds ago, this panhandler in the yellow knit cap, Ryan Hoffman, was a hulking offensive lineman for a North Carolina Tar Heels football team ranked in the top 10, a starting player renowned for his toughness and durability. Now his old Levis are so big that even a belt on its ninth notch can’t keep them from sagging below his hips.


MaxPoint prices IPO shares at $11.50

MaxPoint priced its IPO shares at $11.50 Friday in the Triangle’s latest public stock offering. The Morrisville company helps advertisers target specific audiences through software that carves up the country into 44,000 digital zones.

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High School Sports

Adam Sanders hired as Apex Friendship’s first football coach

Adam Sanders has been tapped as the coach to build the Apex Friendship High School football program from the ground up. Sanders, 28, will be 30 when the Patriots play their first varsity football game in the fall of 2016. Apex Friendship, which will join the Southwest Wake Athletic 4A Conference, will play only a junior varsity schedule in football in the school’s first year.

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