"More than 17 percent of the state's 2009 high school graduates scored a 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement exam, outpacing the percentage of students nationally who performed that well," says the News & Observer.
"Across the country, 15.9 percent of students scored at least a 3 on a test in which 5 is the highest score.
Landfills down, recycling up
"Want some good news generated by the recession? When the economy shrinks, so apparently does the amount of waste put into public landfills," says The (Shelby) Star.
"People disposed of less solid waste in North Carolina landfills last year than any previous year in nearly two decades.
"On the other hand, residents recycled more glass, plastic and aluminum containers than in any previous fiscal year. ..."