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AIRPORT EMBEZZLEMENT

Former NC airport manager gets prison delay

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) - The former manager of a regional airport near Morganton has been given more time to report to prison for charges including embezzlement.

The Hickory Daily Record reported a federal judge gave Alex Nelson 60 days to report to a federal prison in West Virginia so he could take care of family matters. He once managed Foothills Regional Airport.

Nelson was sentenced in February to three years in federal prison for conspiracy to engage in public corruption, embezzlement and money laundering. He pleaded guilty to the crimes in September 2012.

He originally was supposed to report to prison April 8. His attorney says he doesn't expect to have to seek an extension past June 7.

HALIWA-SAPONI POWWOW

NC's Haliwa-Saponi tribe holds 49th annual powwow

HOLLISTER, N.C. (AP) - The Haliwa-Saponi tribe is holding its 49th annual homecoming event, a three-day powwow in Hollister.

Tribe member Danny Richardson tells the Rocky Mount Telegram that the event attracts members of the Haliwa-Saponi who stayed in Hollister along with those who moved away.

The Haliwa-Saponi Powwow usually draws thousands from across North Carolina and beyond for a weekend filled with singing, dancing, drum, art, crafts, food and other activities.

The event is held the third weekend in April to commemorate the tribe's recognition by the N.C. General Assembly in 1965. It continues through Sunday.

RED DRUM FISHING CANCELED

Red drum spring fishing season canceled in NC

SWANSBORO, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina fisheries officials have canceled the spring red drum fishing season because so many of the species were caught during the fall.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports that means commercial fisherman will go nearly a year without a red drum season.

The state's red drum plan splits the state's commercial harvest into two seasons: a Sept. 1 to April 30 season is allocated 150,000 pounds and a May 1 to Aug. 31 season is allocated 100,000 pounds.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries closed the 2013 fall/winter season Nov. 23 after numbers from electronically reported trip tickets showed fishermen had caught more than 144,000 pounds of the 150,000-pound limit. Later calculations showed the catch was almost 261,000 pounds, more than is allowed annually.

US SENATE-HAGAN

Hagan contrasts persona, GOP in NC Senate campaign

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Kay Hagan considers herself a middle-of-the-road U.S. senator who fights for the middle class and responds effectively to constituent requests.

That may sound like a trite political statement, but the North Carolina Democrat believes that's what voters wanted when they elected her in 2008 and prefer again this year as they decide whether she gets a second term.

Hagan first has her own primary next month, but her nomination is all but secure.

Hagan believes her persona contrasts starkly with what she call extreme policies Republicans want to give the nation and gave North Carolina the past few years.

She's developed a campaign strategy that attempts to link national politics with Republican policies in Raleigh. That's important because state House Speaker Thom Tillis is running for the GOP nomination.

BOBCATS-HEAT

Heat open quest for another title vs Bobcats

MIAMI (AP) - Even as the two-time defending NBA champions, the Miami Heat say they aren't overlooking any team heading into the playoffs.

The Charlotte Bobcats haven't beaten the Heat a single time since LeBron James changed addresses. But Miami isn't expecting a cakewalk first-round series against them, either.

Charlotte visits Miami in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference matchup on Sunday afternoon. Miami has lost only four of its last 23 games against the Bobcats, and is 15-0 in the series since James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade became teammates.

But the Bobcats are 20-9 since the All-Star break and closed the season with some impressive defensive numbers. Says Wade: "This is not the Charlotte Bobcats that everyone thinks of."

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