Washington DC – Obama Picks Shuttle Veteran To Be First Black NASA Chief

President Obama yesterday nominated a former Marine aviator and space shuttle astronaut to become the new head of NASA and oversee a broad review of the agency’s ambitions for manned and robotic space exploration.

Retired Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr. will become the first African American to run the space agency if approved by the Senate. (Washington Post)

Raleigh NC – Controversy brewing in Wake County

Wakefield Elementary is just one of the schools that will be in session Monday. Alyssa and Ashley Losurdo are scheduled to be at school with their year-round track schedules.

And their mother, Heather Losurdo, is one of many parents upset classes are not cancelled for the federal holiday. (ABC TV 11)

Rocky Mount NC – City council looks at tax hike

The public on Tuesday will get its first chance to comment about Rocky Mount’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year that includes several possible tax increases.

The city has scheduled a time slot near the beginning of its council meeting for public comment about a budget that proposes increases in water and sewer rates. (Rocky Mount NC)

Raleigh NC – Bill to pause grad projects gains ground

A bill being pushed by N.C. Rep. Angela Bryant to stop a statewide high school graduation project while it is studied moved to the N.C. Senate after passing almost unanimously in the N.C. House.

The bill to remove the N.C. Graduation Project as a requirement for earning a high school diploma prior to July 1, 2011, also directs . . . (Rocky Mount Telegram)