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News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) - An effort to honor a joint U.S.-Soviet spy mission in World War II has triggered a miniature Cold War in a small American city. The Russian Ministry of Defense wants to place a 25-ton bronze statue in Elizabeth City, where the recently declassified 'Project Zebra' was carried out. But amid today's international tensions and fears about Russian hacking of U.S. elections, Elizabeth City elected officials have rejected a memorandum of understanding to make it happen.

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a man in handcuffs stole the patrol car he was in when the deputy had to respond to an emergency call in North Carolina. Guilford County Sheriff's spokesman Randy Powers said a series of unusual events led to 31-year-old Carl "Preston" Davis stealing the car Thursday night. Powers says Davis was in the front seat because the deputy was using a spare car and the deputy had to respond to an emergency call instead of heading straight to jail. Davis hasn't been found.

BOONE, N.C. (AP) - The calendar might say spring, but winter isn't finished with North Carolina yet. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for parts of the mountains for Saturday where 2 to 4 inches of snow could fall. Forecasters say snow and sleet could mix with rain in places like Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Durham and Raleigh. Spring finally returns late next week when forecasters say highs should be in the 60s and 70s.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Students and allies seeking stronger gun control laws in North Carolina following last month's Florida school shootings are walking through Raleigh in solidarity with a similar weekend rally in Washington. The "March for Our Lives" event beginning Saturday morning will end behind the state Legislative Building. Event organizers are estimating a crowd in the thousands.

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