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News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina strawberry growers are expecting a strong season despite the late spell of cold weather. N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says it has been a challenging winter for strawberry growers, but the combination of row covers and irrigation set up those growers for an outstanding season.

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) - Police in Gaston County say a barbecue restaurant was selling more than barbecue to some customers. The owner of Smokey's BBQ Restaurant was arrested on a variety of marijuana-related charges. Thirty-nine-year-old Donnie Allen Wooten of the Gaston County town of Dallas was one of three people arrested Tuesday.

ATLANTA (AP) - Metro Atlanta's public transit system is looking to Detroit and military bases in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia as it attempts to recruit new police officers to its force. Officials with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority -- known as MARTA in the Atlanta area -- went on recruiting trips last month to Fort Lee in Virginia and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Polls are opening in all 100 counties so people can vote in person before the May 6 primary day in North Carolina. Early voting starts today.

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