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Headline Roundup: American Airlines And Flight Attendants Agreement , Duke U Billionaires, More

In what is seen as another major step in its merger with US Airways, American Airlines says it has reached a new, tentative contract agreement with the flight attendants of both airlines. Details of the deal have yet to be made public.  Both airlines employ some 24,000 flight attendants, that group will now get to vote on the contract before it becomes official.

Company Explores Wind Power In Hoke County
A Florida company has announced it will build a 196-foot tower in Hoke County to determine whether the area has enough wind to generate electricity. The Fayetteville Observer reported that NextEra Energy Resources is building the tower near Lumber Bridge. Equipment on the tower will measure wind speeds for up to five years. 

If the wind is favorable, NextEra says it may build a wind farm in the area. 

Local officials support the project. 

Japan Trip Will Yield Jobs Says Commerce Sec
After a recent trip to Japan, North Carolina's top economic development official says she’s optimistic the state will land new manufacturing jobs over the next year and a half. North Carolina has been aggressively courting foreign automakers to set up shop in the state. 

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker says she feels good the state will land a plant that will employ up to 5,000 people. Decker says the state is currently in multiple conversations with auto makers in Asia and Europe. 

Brad Cooper Plea Deal
After being granted a new trial in the death of his wife, Brad Cooper has pleaded guilty to lesser charges. 

Cooper was convicted of murdering his wife in Cary six years ago. The North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned Brad Cooper's conviction last year. The North Carolina Supreme Court refused to review the case. 

As part of a plea deal, Cooper hod to consent to the adoption of his daughters, now eight and ten. They are now living with Nancy Cooper's sister. 

Duke University Ranked 16th In Creating Billionaires
A new study says Duke University ranks 16th in the world in creating billionaires. Duke has nine billionaire alumni.

Topping the list is the University of Pennsylvania with 25 billionaire alumni followed by Harvard, Yale, The University of Southern California and Princeton. 

Common Core Debate Back In The News
A new commission designed to study the pros and cons of Common Core standards for public schools in North Carolina meets for the first time today.  

The Academic Standards Review Commission is reviewing the Common Core standards after a number of complaints, which include some who see Common Core amounting to federal takeover of education.  

Common Core is also facing attacks in South Carolina, where the State newspaper reports opponents will bring their complaints to the state education oversight committee today.