First Drip (4/17/15): Kerrick to enter plea, two school janitors finalists for big award, more



Police officer Randall Kerrick, who shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell in September 2013, is expected to enter a plea of not guilty today. He's claiming self-defense.

Gov. McCrory has already expressed opposition to the proposed N.C. Religious Freedom Restoration Act. A senior IBM executive is just making sure McCrory sticks to his guns: Robert Greenberg sent him a letter sharing the tech giant's point of view in that it "is gravely concerned that this legislation, if enacted, would enable discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or identity."

Two local elementary school janitors are finalists for Cintas Corporation’s national Janitor of the Year Award. WFAE has a great story on Pinewood Elementary School's Barbara Watson and Sharon Elementary School's Bobby Miller.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more young people are using e-cigs instead of traditionally cigarettes. "Among high school students, e-cigarette use jumped to 13.4 percent in 2014 from 4.5 percent in 2013 ... Cigarette use over the same period fell to 9.2 percent from 12.7 percent, the largest year-over-year decline in more than a decade."

If you haven't watched the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, here ya go. It's already gotten more than 2.6 million hits.

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