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Pineville is a town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina located between Charlotte and York County, South Carolina. It is perhaps most famous as the birthplace of James Knox Polk. It is mostly a quiet town, but it does have some industries; the Cone Mills textile plant was until recently here,... (More Info and Source) Pineville Real Estate

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Debate over Confederate soldier memorial in Salisbury

Salisbury police are stepping into a debate over an old Confederate soldier memorial.

The monument has been in the middle of Inness Street near Church for more than century.

Police said three flash mob style demonstrations took place in front of it last week.  Some support the statue while others don’t.

"It symbolizes slavery. I think it should be removed. I think we were beyond that time,” Tracy Gabriel said.

In the meantime, a local woman said she’s working to find out how to get a question on the ballot during the next election.

She wants the public to decide if it stays or is taken down.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:14:45 -0400

Prison worker accused of helping inmate escape out on bond

The prison worker accused of helping a murderer escape from an Anson County prison is out of jail on bond.

Kendra Miller was released from the Anson County jail Thursday on a $500,000 bond.

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Investigators said she helped Kristopher McNeil escape from the Brown Creek Correctional Institution last week. 

They said she waited for him in a car outside the prison, drove him away and gave him a cellphone.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:08:28 -0400

Some NC school districts stop operating driver’s ed

Paul Faulkner has been teaching teens how to drive for more than three decades. He has strong feelings about schools possibly bailing on driver’s education programs.

"Horrifying," Faulkner said. "I feel that driver's ed contributed to kids understanding what they needed to know and then the kids and their parents collaborated together so that they can do that."

But about a third of North Carolina’s 115 school districts stopped operating their driver’s ed programs as of June 30. That's when last year’s budget ran out.

A Senate proposal cuts out driver's ed for next school year. Instead of taking the lessons in class, the Senate plan calls for 15-year-olds to score higher on their written tests and do more hours behind the wheel with their parents.

Connie Sessoms is the driver education specialist for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. He said driver’s ed saves lives as the foundation of North Carolina's graduated driver’s license process.

"Some 30 to 35 percent. I mean, c'mon, you can’t argue with those numbers. It has lowered the teen death rate some 30 to 35 percent since its inception,” he said.

If the state chooses not to fund driver’s ed, students would have to shell out nearly $400 for it, or rely solely on parents.

"I think they'll teach them the fundamentals as they understand them but I don't think they'll take the time to teach them the laws as they're written," said parent Appoline Mahle.

The driver’s ed debate is far from over, but lawmakers are expecting to come up with a final plan before school starts in August.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:53:19 -0400

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