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The Morning Roundup: Basketball, Guns, and Money

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Good morning to you. Let's dispense with the pleasantries. On to the news.

1. Duke vs. UNC. First things first: Freshly returned to the bosom of the AP Top 25, the Duke men's basketball team travels to the Dean Dome tonight to face the fifth-ranked Tar Heels. It's the 241st time the teams have matched up against one another. The Sporting News has some thoughts on what to look for in the game. Tip-off is at 9 p.m. ESPN will broadcast. 

2. Toddler shot in Durham drive-by. Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that left a one-and-a-half-year-old boy injured Tuesday afternoon. From the Durham Police Department: "Officers were dispatched to a shooting call on Great Bend Drive shortly before 3 p.m. today. When they arrived, they found the injured child inside the house. The child was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening at this time. Officers were told that numerous shots were fired by the occupants of a dark-colored sedan. No charges have been filed at this time."

WNCN reports the home, at 1508 Great Bend Drive, was being used as a daycare. Got info? Call Investigator Hines at (919) 560-4281, ext. 29119 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. 

3. Roy Cooper ahead of McCrory among small-dollar donors. WUNC crunched 2015 contribution filings for the N.C. governor's race and found that presumed Democratic candidate Roy Cooper is way ahead of incumbent Pat McCrory in individual donations. 
Incumbency did not offer McCrory the expected fundraising advantage in 2015. Challenger Cooper raised 40 percent more money from individuals than McCrory. 

Among donations of $50 or more, Cooper had nearly twice as many contributors as the man he is trying to unseat.

"So that’s counter to the general trend," said Peter Quist, research director at the National Institute on Money in State Politics, an organization that studies campaign finance data. "Generally what we see is that incumbents tend to raise much more money and they tend to do it earlier."

And among smaller donations, Cooper also received more funds than McCrory. The attorney general received 12,360 donations of $50 or less last year. The governor received 2,975 contributions of $50 or less.
Important to note: These numbers don't take into account outside money — Super PACs, dark money, etc. — that will pour into the race as the election grows nearer.

4. Groups demand more counselors in Durham schools. Currently, Durham schools have one guidance counselor for every 350 students. That's less than the national recommendation, which is one for every 250 students. On Tuesday, students associated with Durham Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods (Durham CAN) held a press conference asking the district to hire three guidance counselors, including one that's bilingual. In a release, the group tied the recent rise in violence in Durham to a lack of mentorship at the public schools. The Herald-Sun reports
The plan calls for the new counselors to be assigned to Riverside, Northern, and Southern high schools, schools that are deemed by the students to be the neediest. The students estimate the cost of the three counselors to be between $150,000 to $225,000 a year, including salary and benefits.
It'll be a tough road to hoe, given that DPS is already set to eliminate 140 jobs to balance a $15 million budget shortfall. 

5. And just in case you were wondering: Trump is still probably going to win South Carolina on Saturday. 

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