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Youth movement helping to run Georgia elections

Oct. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Five years ago, when she was a sophomore at Carver High School, helping democracy in the community wasn’t what motivated Alana Daniels to be a poll worker. Daniels laughed as she told the Ledger-Enquirer, “Honestly, my first time doing it, it was 90% about the money, and...

North Carolina's music: From Nina Simone to ‘American Idol'

Oct. 24, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sometimes being a packrat pays off. Over David Menconi’s nearly three decades writing about music for The News & Observer, he got into the habit of tucking away the notes and mementos he collected in the course of research and interviews for his articles. It made for a...

Grains higher and livestock mixed

Oct. 20, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

Wheat for Dec. gained 5 cents at 6.32 a bushel; Dec. corn rose 3.50 cents at 4.0875 a bushel, Dec. oats was up 2.50 cents at $3.00 a bushel; while Nov. soybeans advanced 9.75 cents at $10.640 a bushel. Beef was mixed and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Oct. live cattle was up .12 cents at...

Working the land a way of life at Alabama family farm

Oct. 18, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Chad Henderson isn’t sure why his grandfather kept up farming from the previous generation, but he is certainty glad his forebears did. He said there are plenty of people who want to take up farming as a profession these days, but it takes so much capital investment that it has...

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....

Colette Murray takes a swim up order Jay's Sand Bar Floating BBQ, serving pork nachos and alligator bites to hungry boaters and bikini-wearing partiers on the sandbar in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Hungry boaters fed aboard Florida floating restaurant

Oct. 17, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It’s mid-afternoon when the delivery boy for Jay’s Sandbar Floating BBQ motors up to the charter boat filled with hungry 20-somethings on the Fort Lauderdale sandbar. Chip Keown leans over the charter’s stern in anticipation, his stomach grumbling from a...

AP Exchange: Nevada home to world's 3rd largest Joshua tree

Oct. 17, 2020 3:10 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — In a land of twisted limbs and giant Dr. Seuss-like branches reaching toward the sky, it stood out among the others. A group of conservationists were driving through a remote section of the proposed Avi Kwa Ame National Monument in southern Nevada when someone in the car called out...

FILE - This April 28, 2020 file photo shows the Pilgrim's Pride plant in Cold Spring. Minn.  Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has reached a plea agreement with the U.S. government, Wednesday, Oct. 14,  over charges of price-fixing in the chicken industry. If a federal judge approves the agreement, Pilgrim’s Pride would pay a fine of $110.5 million as a penalty for restraining competition. (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP)

Pilgrim's Pride reaches plea deal on chicken price-fixing

Oct. 14, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has reached a plea agreement with the U.S. government over charges of price-fixing in the chicken industry. Under the agreement, Pilgrim’s Pride would pay a fine of $110.5 million as a penalty for restraining competition in three separate contracts with a U.S. customer. In...

Jacob Glissmeyer, right, of Hoback, Wyo., searches for mountain goats high in the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., in September, 2020. The National Park Service allowed qualified volunteers to help cull the non-native mountain goat population, which is threatening the survival of a dwindling population of bighorn sheep. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Teton goat shoot a physical challenge but success reported

Oct. 11, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — “Mountaineering with a rifle” is how Taylor Glenn summed up his first few hours of pursuing mountain goats in Grand Teton National Park. The morning of Sept. 23, Glenn was soft-spoken and bummed out, having just descended a steep scree slope below Symmetry Spire after an...

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...