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Man shot to death in Concord

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Concord police are investigating the shooting death of a man.

Police say the shooting happened early Monday morning near U.S. 29 and U.S. 601.

The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Arnold Jerome Bennett of Concord. He was taken to a hospital where he died.

No arrests have been reported. Police have not released a possible motive.


Search continues for 2 missing fishermen in NC

STOKESDALE, N.C. (AP) - Searchers are trying to find two men who disappeared while fishing in Stokes County last week.

Officials said the two Kernersville men have been missing since they left Thursday on a fishing trip on Belews Lake.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jacob Allen Line and 44-year-old James Pascual Bohenstiel are thought to have drowned.

Emergency Services Director Greg Collins says a search Sunday found nothing. About 100 people took part in the effort.

Collins said a boater found Line and Bohenstiel's personal belongings at the barrier at a warm part of the lake near Duke Energy's Belews Creek Steam Station discharge area.

Collins said crews found fishing poles, clothes and other personal belongings. The men's boat was in a nearby cove. Their vehicle was also found in an access parking lot.


NC legislators to issue report on food deserts

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A legislative committee plans to issue its recommendations on how to deal with food deserts, areas that have limited access to grocery stores.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the House Committee on Food Desert Zones plans to release recommendations Monday on how to help communities that lack grocery stores. The Legislature created the committee after Kroger closed two stores in southeast Raleigh last year.

One possibility is getting convenience stores to sell fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthier food.

In an urban area, a food desert is defined as any places where residents live more than a mile away from a grocery store. In rural areas, a food desert means living 10 miles or more from a grocery store.


New group to promote NC Republican agenda

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A new conservative-leaning advocacy group in North Carolina plans to promote recent Republican policies in state government while challenging criticism from Democrats and their allies who've opposed the GOP agenda.

The nonprofit group called Carolina Rising announced its formation Monday. Its chief organizer is Dallas Woodhouse, the former North Carolina state director of Americans for Prosperity.

The organization will highlight Republican legislation in Raleigh that Woodhouse says has helped turned around the state's economy and put more people to work. He says Carolina Rising also will encourage similar policies and scrutinize what liberal ideas would do to the state's progress.

The group plans to use social and electronic media heavily to engage citizens. Carolina Rising is not required by law to release donor names or amounts.


High court will hear case of mistaken traffic stop

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will decide whether police have probable cause to make a traffic stop if it turns out the officer was mistaken in thinking the driver violated the law.

The justices on Monday said they will hear an appeal from a North Carolina man who claims his Fourth Amendment rights were violated when he was pulled over for having a burned-out brake light. The police officer ultimately found cocaine in the car and the driver and his passenger were convicted of drug trafficking.

A state appeals court ruled the stop was impermissible because state law only required a car to have one functioning brake light. But a divided North Carolina Supreme Court reversed, finding the stop was permitted if the officer's mistake about the law was reasonable.


Elizabeth Spencer wins $30,000 short story prize

NEW YORK (AP) - Elizabeth Spencer, a revered Southern author still active in her 90s, has won a $30,000 short story prize.

The 92-year-old Spencer has won the Rea Award for lifetime achievement in short fiction, the Dungannon Foundation announced Monday. Previous recipients include John Updike, Alice Munro and Spencer's longtime friend, Eudora Welty.

A native of Mississippi who now lives in North Carolina, Spencer has published nine novels and eight story collections. Her latest book of stories, "Starting Over," came out earlier this year. She is best known for the novella "Light In the Piazza," which has been adapted into a feature film and Broadway show.

The Dungannon Foundation is a nonprofit established in 1986 by the award's founder, Michael Rea, to administer the prize.

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