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.

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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.

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Wake County school board member elected to national position

Wake County school board member Keith Sutton has been elected to the steering committee of the National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education CUBE says it “supports urban school boards and fosters effective leadership for excellence and equity in public education, with a specific focus on underrepresented students.”

Under the Dome

NC bill delaying new school grading scale to get quick hearing

House Bill 358, which would give a two-year reprieve before a tougher standard is used for evaluating North Carolina’s public schools under the state’s A-F letter grading system, was referred Thursday to the Education Committee. It’s expected to win quick approval there as all three committee chairs are among the bill’s primary sponsors.

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