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STRIPED BASS LIMIT
New regulations will limit striped bass catch next year
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – People will have to catch fewer striped bass in waters along the East Coast next year.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that fishing regulators have mandated an 18% reduction for recreational fishing. The new harvest cap will likely impact commercial fishing.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Striped Bass Management Board adopted the changes on Thursday. It follows a stock assessment that shows striped bass are being overfished.
States from North Carolina to Maine will submit plans for achieving the reduction goals. States such as Virginia have already taken steps on their own to better protect the species.
Striped bass are also known as rockfish.
Official: Bear bites man, both roll off North Carolina cliff
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – An attempt to tree a bear in North Carolina has ended with a hunter injured and the bear dead.
North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Capt. Andrew Helton told the Asheville Citizen Times the hunter rolled off a slight cliff with the 350-pound (159-kilogram) bear on Saturday.
Helton says the hunter was with another man who had shot the bear while it was in a tree near Mount Sterling in Haywood County. The bear fell out of the tree and began biting the hunter. The bear walked away after the two tumbled off the cliff.
Helton says Wildlife Resource officers found the bear dead on Sunday. It was taken to a state Department of Agriculture lab for rabies testing. The hunter was taken to a hospital in Asheville with several injuries.
COAST GUARD RESCUE-CRUISE SHIP
Coast Guard helicopter airlifts man from cruise ship
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has airlifted a man from a cruise ship off the coast of North Carolina.
The Coast Guard says in a statement that one of its helicopters rescued the man Sunday afternoon as he was suffering from symptoms of internal bleeding. He was on the Royal Caribbean ship Anthem of the Seas, as it was about 60 miles from Cape Hatteras, an island that’s part of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
A Coast Guard crew based at an air station in Elizabeth City completed the rescue.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter hoisted the man, his wife and a doctor from the ship. They were taken to a medical center in Greenville.
Boy injured at North Carolina church event pronounced dead
OAK RIDGE, N.C. (AP) – An 11-year-old boy who attended a church Halloween event in North Carolina has been fatally injured.
New outlets report Noah Chambers was pronounced dead Sunday, two days after being hit by a vehicle in Oak Ridge. He was attempting to cross the road at the “trunk-or-treat” event at Bethel United Methodist Church.
Chambers was a student at Rockingham County Middle School. Principal Moriah Dollarhite says crisis counselors will be at the school Monday to help students. A statement also says the school will hold a moment of silence, and students will have the opportunity to make cards for the family.
North Carolina State Highway Patrol says the driver who struck Chambers was not speeding or impaired. No charges have been filed.
Funeral service held in NC for former US Sen. Kay Hagan
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Family and friends have paid tribute to former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, who died of a rare virus at the age of 66.
Hagan’s funeral service was held Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, where she lived for decades.
Gov. Roy Cooper and former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill were among those who eulogized Hagan during the service.
About three years ago, Hagan contracted a rare virus spread from ticks to humans, leading to brain inflammation that made it difficult for her to speak and walk. She died Oct. 28.
The Democrat was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008, after a 10-year state legislative career. Hagan served one term before losing to Republican Thom Tillis in 2014.
FAKE POLICE OFFICER
North Carolina police arrest man pretending to be officer
WILSON, N.C. (AP) – Police say a North Carolina man has been arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer after he got himself involved in a police chase.
News outlets report that the incident happened on Oct. 5 after Wilson police stopped a car at a grocery store in search of a possible murder suspect. As they approached the car, it sped off.
Police had chased the car for about two miles when a Ford Taurus with blue lights sped past the officers and got in front of the suspect’s car.
Police said the Taurus’ driver, 30-year-old David Adams Jr., forced five men out of the suspect car at gunpoint. Adams was later arrested for impersonating an officer.
The men in the car were also arrested. Police said they found drugs in the car.
Krispy Kreme orders student to halt doughnut resale service
(Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com)
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota college student says Krispy Kreme has told him to stop making doughnut runs to Iowa.
Twenty-one-year-old Jayson Gonzalez of Champlin, Minnesota, would make weekend runs to a Krispy Kreme store in Clive, Iowa, and pack his car with boxes of doughnuts that he would deliver to customers around the Twin Cities.
But less than a week after the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported about his road trips, Gonzalez says he received a phone call from Krispy Kreme’s Nebraska office telling him to stop selling the company’s doughnuts in Minnesota. Krispy Kreme stores left Minnesota 11 years ago.
Gonzalez tells the Pioneer Press he was told his sales created a liability for the North Carolina-based company.
In a statement Sunday night, Krispy Kreme said it’s looking into the matter.
Teacher accused of segregating students on political beliefs
(Information from: WNCN-TV.)
FOUR OAKS, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina school officials are investigating a Spanish teacher who has been accused of segregating students based on their religious and political beliefs.
WNCN-TV reports that Johnston County Public Schools confirmed that South Johnston High School Spanish teacher Julia Lopp has been suspended with pay as the school and district investigate.
Lopp is accused of segregating students in her class based on their religious beliefs and whether or not they support abortion.
Superintendent Jim Causby called the incident “unfortunate” in a statement. He said it is “never appropriate” for a teacher to segregate students based on religious, political or personal beliefs.
Causby said he will review the findings of the investigation once it is completed and determine what final decisions need to be made.