RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Lawyers for the world's largest pork producer say jurors shouldn't hear about the finances of a rich company that ignored complaints for years when they're presented with claims a second time that industrial-scale hog operations harm rural neighbors. Jury selection starts Tuesday in a Raleigh federal court over claims that the standard method in which Hong Kong-owned, Virginia-based Smithfield Foods raises hogs creates intense smells and clouds of flies.
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a Boy Scout who drowned in a North Carolina pond was using a rope swing to jump into the water. Lumberton Rescue commander Robert Ivey said someone called 911 around 11:45 a.m. Saturday and said a boy had gone under at the pond after jumping from the rope and not resurfaced. Ivey told The Robesonian newspaper that divers recovered the teen's body in water about 15 feet deep about an hour later at the private pond. His name has not been released.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Flood watches have been issued for much of southern North Carolina as forecasters warn heavy rain from Subtropical Storm Alberto will spread across much of the state in the next 24 hours. Forecasters say the most dangerous conditions could be in the mountains. The National Weather Service says the ground is already saturated from a week of heavy rain and the 5 inches of rain possible through Tuesday could both cause creeks and rivers to flood and mudslides
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say one person is dead and two injured after two men fired shots inside two different North Carolina gas stations. Gastonia Police said the shootings Saturday night were about 90 minutes apart in stations a mile from each other. Police say 21-year-old Alonte Cousar and 27-year-old Andre Isaac were arrested and charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.
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