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County Commissioners Chairman apologizes for minority contracting comments

he black commissioners asked Branson for an apology and he gave one. “I apologize to all three of you,” he said, adding that he was a Christian who has worked diligently 52 years to serve those who are less fortunate. He said he was very open to anyone of any color getting the contracts that the county has available, but he added that he did feel the repetition of questions on race to the executives sometimes seemed excessive.

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House Education Committee approves two bills changing school performance grades

A bipartisan group of House members want to change how the state grades schools. Schools now are awarded a letter grade based on achievement and growth. The grades are weighted 80 percent for achievement and 20 percent for growth. Schools that have low student achievement and continuously fail to meet growth are labeled low performing. Critics of the 80/20 school performance formula have long argued the model stigmatizes schools that predominantly serve economically disadvantaged students.

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Former Sheriff says accusation by current Sheriff that records were destroyed before transition ‘a lie’

Barnes said that Rogers’ statement regarding the destruction of documents and removal of computers was “a lie” and he said it was one of several that Rogers told that night. “The only things I took out of there were personal items,” Barnes said. He said that no departmental records or documents or computers were removed. He also said that, if Rogers had actually bothered to check before making his false claims, he would know that. The former sheriff also said that he wasn’t going to let the accusation stand and said Roger’s was clearly trying now to go after his reputation.

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News & Record: How an aversion to innovation devolved into incompetence

The News & Record shows no interest in initiating anything creative or original online. The main page of its website is just as likely to feature headlines linking to some click bait about a far-away nothing as it is to anything of local interest. Its local reporting is down to two or three original stories a day and most of those are stenography — having let go the gutsy Margaret Moffett and gutsy Susan Ladd to retain dispassionate writers who specialize in the grand equivocation of regurgitating he said/she said — but that’s another story. Here is how we know that the News & Record really has completely capitulated to a destiny of digital incompetence.

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