TWO CHAPEL HILL SCHOOLS ON ALERT AFTER MAN THREATENS TO "SHOOT THEM UP": According to a message from Principal Sulura Jackson sent to parents Monday night, school officials received a second-hand report of a man and woman looking near the school. The man reportedly told four girls, all under the age of 10, that he was going to “shoot up the school” on Tuesday. Jackson said the man reportedly told the girls he had a gun in the camouflage backpack he was carrying. School officials said they have been unable to confirm the credibility of the threat, but will have a noticeable police presence at Smith Middle and Seawell Elementary on Tuesday as a precaution. The incident is the latest in a string of threats received at North Carolina schools since a mass shooting killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla.
PSYCHOLOGISTS IMPLORE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO HIRE MORE SCHOOL COUNSELORS: Hiring more psychologists and guidance counselors would help school officials identify students with mental health challenges sooner and deter serious violence, professionals in those fields told legislators Monday. The associations and an education consultant for state government presented data showing that the ratios of school psychologists and school counselors per student in North Carolina’s public schools are below recommended levels. This school year, for example, there is one school psychologist serving roughly every 2,100 public school students in North Carolina, compared to the ratio of one counselor per every 500 to 700 students that is recommended by the National Association of School Psychologists. “The teachers may know that something’s off about little Johnny and they may bring him to us and let us talk to him and try to get to the bottom of what is going on,” Hardin told the House school safety subcommittee. “We’re able to see some issues before they truly become severe issues.”
FBI RAIDS TRUMP LAWYER MICHAEL COHEN'S OFFICE, INFURIATING LIAR-IN-CHIEF: Federal agents on Monday raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels. A furious Trump, who in the last month has escalated his attacks on Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, said from the White House that it was a "disgrace" that the FBI "broke into" his lawyer's office. He called Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country," prompting new speculation that he might seek the removal of the Justice Department's special counsel. The raid was overseen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan and was based in part on a referral from Mueller, said Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan.
MUELLER FOCUSING ON $150,000 PAID TO TRUMP BY UKRAINIAN FOR VIDEO SPEECH: The special counsel is investigating a payment made to President Donald Trump’s foundation by a Ukrainian steel magnate for a talk during the campaign, according to three people briefed on the matter, as part of a broader examination of streams of foreign money to Trump and his associates in the years leading up to the election. Investigators subpoenaed the Trump Organization this year for an array of records about business with foreign nationals. In response, the company handed over documents about a $150,000 donation that the Ukrainian billionaire, Victor Pinchuk, made in September 2015 to the Donald J. Trump Foundation in exchange for a 20-minute appearance by Trump that month through a video link to a conference in Kiev.
MORE "WINNING" AS INFLATION DRIVES UP FOOD PRICES: U.S. wholesale prices increased 0.3 percent in March, driven higher by the largest increase in food costs in nearly four years. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the March gain in the producer price index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, followed a 0.2 percent rise in February and a 0.4 percent jump in January. Over the past 12 months, wholesale prices have risen 3 percent, the fastest annual pace since last November and another sign that inflation pressures have started to increase after years of being dormant. The big increase in food costs reflected widespread gains across a number of categories with fish prices jumping 62.5 percent, the biggest gain since 2014, while egg prices were up 41.6 percent and vegetable costs rose 31.5 percent.