Schools delayed in some NC counties
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - The threat of bad weather has delayed the start of school in some north-central North Carolina counties.
Officials delayed the start of classes by two hours in Alamance, Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties.
The weather problems were connected to a storm system causing problems across much of the country.
No frozen precipitation was reported at the National Weather Service's regular stations in North Carolina early Monday.
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Bennett College closing dorm to save money
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A historically black college in Greensboro is closing one of its five dorms to save money.
The News & Record of Greensboro reported (http://bit.ly/J6avxZ ) that Bennett College is Pfeiffer Residence Hall.
The women's college had said Nov. 22 it was laying off nine of its approximately 200 employees to help cover a budget shortfall of nearly $3 million.
Bennett says the money problems are caused by a drop in enrollment. A college spokeswoman said Bennett had based its budget on a projected enrollment of nearly 670 students, but only 613 enrolled.
The school had 663 students last fall.
Pfeiffer Residence Hall was built in 1924 and is one of the oldest on campus.
Bennett requires first- and second-year students to live on campus. About 80 percent of its students live in the dorms.
USDA seeks comments on rules for roadside zoos
CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to hear from the public on a proposal to set new standards for the care and treatment of bears kept in roadside zoos.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals cited Cherokee Bear Zoo in its request for changes in the Animal Welfare Act.
The current law has rules for the care of cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, marine mammals, primates and rabbits, but says nothing about bears, except for polar bears.
PETA wants rules to ensure the proper care for captive bears. It suggests doing away with pit-type enclosures, the creation of minimum space standards and requiring den and pool access and regular feeding schedules.
The department wants the comments by Jan. 27.
NC expands quarantine rules for fire ants
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina agriculture officials say Lincoln County and parts of Catawba County are now under state quarantine rules for the imported fire ant as efforts continue to monitor the spread and address control measures.
With the announcement by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the quarantine now includes 71 counties.
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the revised quarantine includes all of Lincoln County and the area south of Interstate 40 from the Iredell County line to the Burke County line in Catawba County. Residents and business owners in the affected areas must obtain a permit before moving plants, sod and related equipment into or through non-infested areas.
The imported fire ant is considered to be a health concern to humans, livestock and wildlife due to its painful sting.
Brees sharp, Saints beat Panthers 31-13
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees passed for 313 yards and four touchdowns and the New Orleans Saints beat Carolina 31-13 on Sunday night to regain sole possession of first place in the NFC South and snap the Panthers' winning streak at eight games.
The Panthers' defense had not allowed more than two touchdowns in a game this season until the Saints scored three in the second quarter alone, when Brees completed 14 of 16 passes for 159 yards.
The Saints also became the only team this season to score more than 24 points against Carolina, which entered the game No. 1 in scoring defense, allowing 13.1 points per game.
Brees' first two scoring strikes went to Marques Colston, who made nine catches for 125 yards. Jimmy Graham added two TD catches, his second making it 31-6 in the fourth quarter
New Orleans sacked Cam Newton five times and did not allow a touchdown until 5:15 remained.
Cincinnati will face North Carolina in Belk Bowl
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Cincinnati Bearcats will look to defend their Belk Bowl title Dec. 28 against North Carolina.
The Bearcats will be making their second straight appearance in the game after defeating Duke 48-34 last year in Charlotte, Belk Bowl officials announced Sunday night.
Belk Bowl executive director Will Webb is excited about the matchup, saying in a release, "The Tar Heels finished the season very strong, as did Cincinnati, and it should provide a great matchup on the field."
Cincinnati (9-3) finished second place in the American Athletic Conference, winning six of their final seven games.
North Carolina (6-6) also finished the season strong, winning five of its last six games to become bowl eligible. It has lost its previous three appearances in the game by a combined six points.
No. 22 Duke-No. 20 Texas A&M in Chick-fil-A Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) - Johnny Manziel might play his final college game in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
No. 20 Texas A&M, led by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, will face No. 22 Duke in the New Year's Eve bowl at the Georgia Dome.
The announcement was made Sunday night.
Manziel is a third-year sophomore, making him eligible to enter the 2014 NFL draft. He hasn't revealed his plans for next season after guiding Texas A&M to an 8-4 record. The Aggies lost their final two games to LSU and Missouri, losing out on a shot at playing in a Jan. 1 game.
Duke (10-3) was a surprising division winner in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils were routed by top-ranked Florida State 45-7 in the league championship game Saturday night.
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