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Body found in burning car in Randolph County

FRANKLINVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Randolph County deputies are investigating after a body was found inside a burning car.

Authorities told local media outlets that a neighbor reported the fire near a cleared out section of land in Franklinville by power lines around 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

When firefighters arrived, they found a body in the driver's seat of the car and called deputies.

Investigators are trying to determine the name of the victim and how that person died. The body has been sent to Raleigh for an autopsy.


17-month-old boy drowns in Columbus County pool

CERRO GORDO, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 17-month-old boy has drowned after he managed to get into an above ground pool at his family's home in Columbus County.

Assistant Coroner William Hannah told local media outlets that Tristen Stewart was found floating face down in the pool yesterday at the home near Cerro Gordo.

Hannah says adults in the home were looking for the boy after he disappeared, and his grandfather found him in the pool.

Authorities say family members and later paramedics did CPR, but the boy died at the hospital.


NC offered $100M for Toyota HQ, twice Texas bid

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million for the world's largest carmaker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb but still lost out to a Texas offer half that size.

Texas and local officials in the Dallas suburb of Plano offered Toyota less than $50 million.

Both Toyota and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker agree that the company's decision shows incentive money was just one of many considerations the company considered when deciding to move from the Los Angeles area.

North Carolina recruiting documents and emails released last week after a public records request show only about a quarter of the people filling nearly 3,000 jobs paying an average of $105,000 a year were expected to move from Southern California.


Paper disputes sheriff's Sunday checkpoint comment

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson testified in a federal trial that his deputies only conducted traffic checkpoints on Sundays when they were necessary for public safety.

But records obtained by the Times-News of Burlington show the sheriff's office conducted 35 checkpoints on Sundays since 2010.

The U.S. Justice Department accuses Johnson of detaining and arresting Latinos without probable cause. Among the government's claims is that Johnson ordered special roadblocks in neighborhoods where Latinos live, during which those with brown skin were stopped while whites were waved through.

Johnson's lawyer told the judge the sheriff didn't do Sunday checkpoints because Alamance County largely is a Christian county.

The trial wrapped up last month and a judge is expected to rule by the end of the year.


Late summer decides intensity of fall colors

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Experts have already noticed some fall color in the highest elevations of the North Carolina mountains around Boone, but they say that is no indication of what this year's fall foliage will be like.

Appalachian State University biology professor Howie Neufeld told The Charlotte Observer that vivid red can be seen on the leaves of some red and sugar maples near Boone.

Neufeld says it isn't known why those trees change color so early. His research shows sunny and cooler August and September weather tends to bring out more vivid colors on time in North Carolina, while a warm and wet late summer delays the color change and makes the colors more muted.

The fall color peak in the mountains is in mid-October and the Piedmont is early November.


Investigation into NC fire that killed 6 continues

GARLAND, N.C. (AP) - State and federal agents continue to investigate a fire that killed six people inside a Sampson County mobile home.

Sheriff's Capt. Eric Pope says the State Bureau of Investigation and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are processing evidence found at the fire that quickly engulfed the trailer in Garland early Saturday morning.

Pope says it could Tuesday before more information, including the names of those killed, is released. Neighbors say the victims included a mother and her boyfriend, her son, her son's girlfriend and the girlfriend's two school-age children.

Pope says there was no immediate evidence the blaze was intentionally set, but the cause hasn't been determined.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that family and neighbors held an impromptu memorial service Sunday evening at the site.


Cumberland County debates new poultry plant

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Residents who live near a Cumberland County site being considered for a $113 million poultry plant are divided.

Some residents say if Sanderson Farms builds the massive new plant, property values will drop, especially because of the odor that come with poultry plants.

But other residents say the up to 1,000 new jobs the plant could bring is worth the inconvenience.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that a forum will be held Tuesday to discuss the possible new plant. There will also have to be public hearings on the tax incentives that should be given to Sanderson Farms if they decide to build the plant in Cedar Creek, a small community east of Interstate 95 on the Cape Fear River.

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