WASHINGTON (NNPA) – March 1 was the last time eight year-old Relisha Rudd was seen, leaving a local hotel here with Kahlil Tatum, a 51-year-old custodian who had been tasked to babysit her. Exactly a month later, Tatum was found dead; Rudd remains missing and the trail has gone cold. The same week Tatum’s death was announced, the body of 30-year-old, first-year medical resident Teleka Patrick was pulled from a lake in Indiana. In the days leading up to her December disappearance, she and others expressed concern over her mental health. The circumstances of her death remain unclear.
Raleigh-- The North Carolina Department of Transportation has launched an innovative office designed to promote and engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. The Office of Education Initiatives works to advance a wide range of programs and activities with K-12, college and post graduate level students in an effort to develop a talented workforce to meet North Carolina’s future transportation demands. “Many students are not aware of the various careers available to them in the transportation industry,” said Director Ashley Goolsby. “With this new office, we hope to provide students with real-world, hands-on experiences that will get them thinking about careers in STEM fields, specifically engineering.” She adds, “In everything we provide for our students whether it is through an internship or job shadowing opportunities, we want to engage those students as early as possible and get them interested in possible career paths with the Department of Transportation.”
Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Last week the North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials (The Alliance) presented a panel discussion on the state of voter suppression in North Carolina. The Alliance and its supporters is an audience critical to the success of the Campaign to Defeat Voter Suppression. I was privileged to have had the opportunity to design the presentation, select the panelist and to serve as a panelist. Our presentation was well attended and probably the majority in attendance was Black Elected Officials. Judging by the evaluations and responses, I think that the presentation was a great success on at least two different fronts. Firstly, the panelist and audience were able to define our voter suppression problems and challenges in an open forum with people that are quite familiar with the issues. Secondly, we were able to offer and receive ideas on a way forward, again, with people that are community and political leaders and familiar with community dynamics and mobilization.
Grants to be Used to Increase Organ Donation and Advance Care Planning Education: The License to Give Trust Fund Commission has announced the completion of its 14th grant cycle and awarded grants-in-aid to three North Carolina non-profits: NC Medical Society Foundation of Raleigh, Total Christian Ministries of Greenville and Mount Airy High School Interact Club of Mount Airy. “These grants will be used to encourage more North Carolinians to register as organ donors through the NC Division of Motor Vehicles or online atDonateLifeNC.org, and to educate North Carolinians about Advance Care Planning,” said Chairman Dennis Meyers. “The ultimate goal of these organizations’ efforts is to save the lives of more North Carolinians who are waiting for an organ, eye or tissue transplant.
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