Lunch Break (2/10/16): CMS extends Ann Clark's contract to 2017

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education voted 6-3 last night to keep Superintendent Ann Clark on until June 2017 while they decide how (or whether) to find a replacement for her. Boardmember Thelma Byers-Bailey argued against the 11-month contract extension but voted for it in the end without comment. She and three other board members had argued during last night's meeting that CMS needs to find a new superintendent by the upcoming fall, at the latest. (Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer) 

Seven former North Carolina deputies were among 14 people convicted yesterday on drug conspiracy charges for their role in a large-scale narcotics trafficking ring that operated along I-95 in eastern North Carolina. The seven former officers were among 15 public employees who were arrested last April in a major sting operation carried out by the FBI. Officials have revealed that the drug organization recruited members of law enforcement and paid them to transport drugs and drug money. A total of 14 individuals have been convicted following the investigation, including high-ranking officers from the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, as well as correctional officers and a 911 operator. (WNCN Staff via WBTV) 

A Myers Park High School student was arrested after allegedly bringing a gun to school yesterday. According to CMPD reports, 17-year old Montez Smallwood carried the gun onto campus after school hours. Reports don’t clarify why Smallwood was carrying the gun, but four basketball games were scheduled to take place at the high school that evening, drawing large crowds to the school gym. Smallwood faces charges for being a minor in possession of a handgun, and brining a weapon onto a school campus. (WCNC Staff) 

A tractor trailer split in half while traveling through Huntersville on I-77 last night. It’s not clear what caused the damage, but reports suggest that it wasn’t the result of a collision, and the truck driver was able to safely pull onto the shoulder. State troopers responded to the scene and observed the trailer, which reportedly appeared to bow and split in the middle while remaining attached to the cab. It’s unclear what caused the severe damage, and representatives from the tractor trailer company said that this type of damage is extremely rare. (WSOC Staff) 

Last night's New Hampshire primaries saw two people believed to be "fringe candidates" win convincingly last night, with Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump winning their Democratic and Republican primaries, respectively. The next primary will be held in South Carolina, so be ready for a media shitstorm happening just below us here in Charlotte. That primary vote will be held next Saturday, February 20. (Ryan Pitkin, CL) 

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