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Madison Zurmuehlen poses for a photo on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Amid pandemic restrictions aimed at keeping students safe and healthy, colleges are scrambling to help them adjust. Zurmuehlen said daily practices, with masks, are “the one thing I look forward to,” so it was tough when campus sports were canceled for two weeks after an outbreak among student athletes and staff. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Stressed freshmen missing quintessential college experience

Oct. 24, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

It’s a major life milestone, the first time many U.S. teens have ever been on their own. Even in normal times, freshman year in college can be a jumbled mix of anticipation, uncertainty and emotional highs and lows. In these hardly normal times, when the quintessential college experience exists only in...

Search continues for missing hiker from Asheville

Oct. 18, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (AP) — Crews were expected to continue searching Sunday for a hiker who went missing in the North Carolina mountains. A spokeswoman for Haywood County Emergency Management told TV station WYFF that 27-year-old Chad Seger was last heard from Monday, when he spoke briefly with a family...

Hanan Shabazz cuts broccoli to prep it for a soup at the Southside Kitchen in Asheville, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The staff was feeding about 500 people that day she said. The Southern Foodways Alliance has awarded Shabazz its annual Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award for her culinary and community work. (Angeli Wright/The Asheville Citizen-Times via AP)

North Carolina chef honored for work preserving foodways

Oct. 18, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Hanan Shabazz is recovering from eye surgery. Her grandmother, Annie Belle Salters, was blind when she died at the age of 95, Shabazz explained. The chef was talking from the grocery store where she had stopped to get sugar for the cornbread she was baking for Southside Kitchen....

N. Carolina sheriff fires deputy after seeing body cam video

Oct. 17, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff has fired a deputy after reviewing body camera footage of a recent traffic stop that he said showed inappropriate conduct. Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller announced the firing of Tyler McDonald on Friday after he said he watched footage from an Oct. 5...

Early voters wait to cast their ballots at the South Regional Library polling location in Durham, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Long lines form as North Carolina begins early voting

Oct. 15, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Long lines formed at polling places across North Carolina on Thursday as the battleground state kicked off early in-person voting. Early voting locations that opened in all 100 counties of the high-stakes swing state quickly drew crowds. More than 500,000 people have already cast...

Former Navy captain opens restaurant following tragedy

Oct. 11, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Some who switch careers midstream and get into restaurants on a lark flounder. Others seem well-suited for the transition. Bob Byron falls into the latter category. The Naval Academy graduate and retired Navy captain once commanded the guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney, named...

North Carolina woman celebrates outdoors career, heritage

Oct. 4, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When Lucia Ibarra was growing up in Las Mochis, Mexico, near the Gulf of California, she felt most at home running barefoot, climbing trees, playing in the ocean, and laughing with the sheep and horses on her mother’s ranch. “Since I was a kid I loved nature. My culture...

North Carolina city votes to reduce police budget by 3%

Sep. 23, 2020 8:58 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A city in western North Carolina has voted to decrease its police budget by 3% amid calls from protestors to cut the funds in half. The Asheville City Council on Tuesday approved a $29.3 million police budget in a 5-2 vote. The cuts make up a $770,000 reduction to the $30.1 million...

2 killed in fire at North Carolina paper packaging mill

Sep. 23, 2020 5:58 AM EDT

CANTON, N.C. (AP) — Two people were killed when a paper packaging mill caught fire in North Carolina, according to authorities. Two contract workers who were repairing tanks at the Evergreen Packaging paper mill died when the fire broke out at the plant near Canton early Monday, Mill manager Wally McDonald...

Highway Patrol search for dog whose owner died in wreck

Sep. 23, 2020 5:15 AM EDT

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — A woman was killed in a traffic accident, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is seeking help finding the newly adopted dog who was riding with her when she died. Sarah Ann McKinney, 47, of Asheville was killed Monday when she lost control of her SUV while heading east on...