5 Things to Know This Morning

5 Things to Know This Morning

ByABC News
April 15, 2015, 5:56 AM
Dan Price, the CEO of Gravity Payments, is seen in this undated handout photo.
Dan Price, the CEO of Gravity Payments, is seen in this undated handout photo.
Jose Mandojana

— -- Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. CEO Will Live on $70,000 Worker Wage, Thinks His Life Will Be Luxe Enough

The CEO of a credit-card payments company in Seattle said executive pay is "out of whack," so he's cutting his own pay and creating a minimum salary for his workers. Now, he will be earning $70,000 like many of them, and he's OK with it.

Dan Price, 30, announced this week that any employee at his company, Gravity Payments, making less than $70,000 annually will receive a $5,000-per-year raise or be paid a minimum of $50,000, whichever is greater. The aim: By December 2017, everyone will earn $70,000 or more.

To facilitate this change, Price said his salary will decrease to $70,000 from about $1 million until or unless the company's profits are greater than last year's approximately $2.2 million.

2. Watch Arizona Police Car Ram Suspect, Ending Day-Long Crime Spree

Shocking dashboard camera videos released by authorities in Arizona show a patrol car crashing into an alleged armed suspect who police said had been on a day-long crime spree.

Mario Valencia's February 19 alleged spree included robbing a 7-11, breaking into a church and committing arson, invading a home and stealing a car, the Marana Police Department said. He then allegedly stole a rifle and ammunition from Walmart and fired the gun not far from the store, according to police.

3. Marchers Across Country Protest Police Killings

Demonstrators took to the streets in dozens of cities across the country to protest police officers killing unarmed black men.

The protesters referred to the deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Walter Scott in South Carolina, among others.

The marches in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Oakland and Berkeley, California, and other cities were organized by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, using the hashtag #ShutDownA14 to spread their message on social media.

4. How to Spot and Avoid Tax Scams

Tax Day is here, but that doesn't mean it will be the end of tax-related scams. There are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you don't get ripped off.

First, you should know that the IRS will never call you for their first point of contact.

"The IRS never, never, never telephones you. They never send you email either," Richard Gartland, senior tax advisor with H&R Block, said. Instead, they will typically send you a letter.

5. Texas Hospital Welcomes First All-Girl Quintuplets Ever Born in US

The first all-girl quintuplets in the world since 1969 were born last week in Texas, according to a statement from the Woman’s Hospital of Texas.

Born to Danielle and Adam Busby, the tiny band of five newborns are the first all-female quintuplets born in the United States ever, the hospital said.

“We are so thankful and blessed and I honestly give all my credit to God,” the mom said.