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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:00 am


N. Carolina teachers rally in state capital

Staff, News Services

RALEIGH, N.C. – Thousands of teachers filled the main street of North Carolina's capital Wednesday demanding better pay and more funding for public schools, hoping to achieve what other educators around the country accomplished by pressuring lawmakers for change.

City blocks turned red, the color of shirts worn by marchers chanting “We care! We vote!” and “This is What Democracy Looks Like!” An estimated 19,000 people joined the march, according to the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

“I feel the current politicians in charge of the state are anti-public education,” Raleigh high school teacher Bill Notarnicola said. “The funds are not keeping up with the growth. We are seeing cutback, after cutback, after cutback”

Previous strikes, walkouts and protests in West Virginia, Arizona, Kentucky, Colorado and Oklahoma led legislators in each state to improve pay, benefits or overall school funding.

Area woman voted off 'Survivor'

The tribe has spoken and North Manchester native Kellyn Bechtold was voted out of “Survivor” on Wednesday night's episode. She had spent 35 days on the island.

The CBS reality competition show features contestants fighting for survival in a remote area with little food and no modern conveniences except those won in reward challenges. Each week, a “castaway” is voted out in a meeting of their tribe.

The 31-year-old Denver resident had been a “Survivor” fan for years and made it far enough in the game to claim a spot in the jury that will decide the season's winner. The season was filmed last summer in Fiji, apart from a live reunion and results show that will be broadcast Wednesday from Los Angeles.

School officer fires on, arrests shooter

A police officer at a northern Illinois high school was hailed as a hero Wednesday for shooting and arresting a former student who fired on him in a hallway while staff and seniors were meeting for a graduation rehearsal.

The 19-year-old former Dixon High School student suffered non-life-threatening wounds, according to police, who didn't release his name. The school resource officer, Mark Dallas, took the gunman into custody after shooting him.

Police Chief Steven Howell Jr. said several shots were fired near the auditorium, and Dallas rushed to the area to confront the gunman. Howell said Dallas chased the suspect after he fled from the school.

The suspect fired several shots at the officer, who returned fire, wounding the suspect and taking him into custody. Neither Dallas, who's been a resource officer at the school for five year, nor anyone else at the school was injured.