(Hickory Record) Shark experts have a not-so-reassuring explanation for a recent spate of attacks along on the coast of the Carolinas: It’s mainly because so many people are getting in the water. Six shark attacks were recorded in June in North Carolina waters, and the two most recent victims had to be flown to a hospital in Virginia for treatment. That’s more than North Carolina has recorded in any single year dating to 2000. But it’s all a matter of perspective, said George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research. “We’re basically flooding them out of their own home. It’s a function of how many people we’ve got,” Burgess said. “You get this unholy mix of bait fish, sharks and humans together. When you have that, you’re going to have some bites.”
(WCSC News 5) The Confederate flag is no longer flying over Fort Sumter. The National Park Service said the flag, along with other historic replicas, was taken down last week in the wake of the Charleston church shooting when Gov. Nikki Haley ordered the American flag lowered to half-staff. Officials with Fort Sumter say the flag will not be going back up. They also say they have decided to remove Confederate flag items from the fort’s gift shop.
(Greenville News) Jim Clements has joined the call to removed the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds. Just after Gov. Nikki Haley held a press conference to call for the flag’s removal, Clements sent a tweet that read “I join Gov. Haley and other South Carolina leaders in calling for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds.” He joined University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides, who earlier Monday called for the flag to be taken down.
(Asheville Citizen-Times) Buncombe County is working with city and county schools on a project to provide affordable housing for teachers. “As we all know, Asheville is a very expensive place to live especially for beginning teachers,” said Asheville City Schools Superintendent Pamela Baldwin. Baldwin said one of things school officials hear most often from new teachers is “We aren’t able to find housing we can afford.” This project involves apartments to be built on county-owned land in the Erwin community near West Buncombe Elementary School, according to Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene. The county and the two school systems plan to partner with Eblen Charities.
(News Channel 5) For a second straight day, House members engaged in a long, emotional debate Wednesday over legislation that loosens state restrictions on who can carry a concealed weapon and where those weapons can be carried. After close to six hours of debate over the two days, the House voted 78-37 in favor of House Bill 562, sending it to the Senate for further consideration. The House dismantled the most controversial provisions of the bill on Tuesday, including one that would have eliminated the requirement that handgun buyers obtain a pistol purchase permit from their local sheriff and another that would have allowed lawmakers and their staffers to carry concealed weapons at the legislature.
(Carolina Journal) A bill that would allow the state to gather more detailed information on why teachers leave the state and the profession — a topic that has become a political football for both parties — is in conference committee as lawmakers attempt to resolve differences in the House and Senate versions. Senate Bill 333 directs the State Board of Education to “adopt standard procedures for each local board of education to use in requesting the information from teachers who are not continuing to work as teachers in the local school administrative unit.” It also requires the local school board to report the information to the State Board of Education in a standard format.