- 35% of the non-exempt employees offered buyouts by Duke have preliminarily accepted early retirement, a figure above the 10-20% university HR officials were hoping for -- a good showing that reduces the likelihood of involuntary layoffs as the university seeks to close a $125 million budget gap in the coming years. A similar plan is being weighed for professional/administrative exempt employees whose age and years of service combined exceed 75. (H-S)
- As expected, Pastor Sylvester Williams filed for City Council's Ward 2 seat, joining libertarian Matt Drew in challenging Howard Clement for re-election. His presence assures that a county-wide primary election will be held on October 6 to select only two finalists for the November 3 general election. (H-S)
- Meanwhile, and also as expected, Mayor Bill Bell has filed for re-election for the mayor's job. (N&O)
- The H-S' and N&O's coverage of the opening of downtown's new Amtrak station at West Village reminds us that a third Raleigh-Charlotte train is expected to start running by the end of the year, which will bring the number of daily Bull City stops up from four to six.
- A new state law requiring comprehensive sex ed curricula in local schools won't impact Durham, one of the districts already providing such more-than-abstinence education as a local option for years. Of NC's 100 counties, Durham ranks 26th-highest for teen pregnancy rates per 1000 youth; Durham Co. has the 17th-highest rate of white teenager pregnancies and 64th-highest rate of minority teen pregnancies in the state. (H-S #1, #2)
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