First Drip (6/3/15): Cam Newton signs $103.8 million deal with Panthers

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton signed a five-year extension worth $103.8 million yesterday, according to league sources. The deal will keep Newton in Carolina until 2020 and will pay him $60 million in guaranteed money. He is now among the top five highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. 

Clint Eastwood will reportedly direct a movie about pilot Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger, who famously landed a Charlotte-bound airbus A320 in the Hudson River in 2009. The jumbo jet involved in the "Miracle on the Hudson" is now the main attraction at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte. Warner Bros. is backing the yet-to-be-named film. 

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled that a 2013 law that would do away with teacher tenure is unconstitutional. In a 2 to 1 decision, the court ruled that a decision to repeal a law that would allow teachers to earn tenure after four years on the job violated constitutional rights protecting contracts and preventing governments from taking a person’s property without just compensation.

A victim was taken to CMC Charlotte with life-threatening injuries after being shot in west Charlotte this morning. There were reportedly 18 shots fired during the incident, which took place on Marlowe Avenue around 6 a.m. 

Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson has announced that he will yet again refuse to issue a special proclamation for the town's LGBT pride festival. Former Mayor Susan Kluttz issued a proclamation for the Salisbury Pride Festival in 2011 but the same honor has been denied by Woodson in each year following that. He said the proclamation is not meant for events that are political or controversial. The Salisbury Pride Festival will be held from June 14 to 20. 


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