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Survey says Neal’s ahead

A new survey shows Democratic candidate Jim Neal ahead of State Senator Kay Hagan in the Senate race.

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Unemployment rate moves up

North Carolina’s unemployment rate increased to 4.9 percent in January, the Associated Press reports. 4.9 matches the nationwide rate. 

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Gubernatorial candidate says NC should sue US over immigration

Former Supreme Court justice and current Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Orr says that, if elected, he will pursue legal action against the federal government where immigration costs are concerned. 

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Pioneer Baseball & Broadcast Schedule

What does a parade and the weather have in common this week for the Pioneer baseball team and for our broadcast?

Both will cause shifting in the schedule. Full Story
Pioneer Baseball Blows Out FreedomPioneer bats open up to put mercy rule in effect. Full Story
Wildcat Lake: Almost Back

Wildcat Lake is making a comeback. 

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Wilkesboro woman faces child abuse charges

 Wilkesboro Police have charged a Purlear woman with abusing a child at the Lowes Foods supermarket on U.S. 421.

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Foxx appointed to House Page Board

Fifth District Congressman Virginia Foxx announced her appointment to the House Page Board yesterday.

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Blood Drive Wednesday

The Watauga Chapter of the American Red Cross is having a blood drive at Green Valley School from 1:30 to 6 p.m.

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Easley to make Drought Legislation AnnouncementGovernor Mike Easley is expected to make an announcement about his legislative proposals on the statewide drought today at 10:30 a.m.  Full Story
DMV Director Retires

The director of DMV’s license and theft bureau in North Carolina is retiring. 

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Mental Health investigator to Retire

The Associated Press reports the director of the state division that investigates patient safety at mental hospitals and other facilities will retire May 1. 

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Second place for the cheering Pioneers

The Watauga High School Pioneer Cheerleaders competed at Athletic’s National Championship Cheerleading Competition in Knoxville over the weekend and added another honor to their list of accomplishments

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Fugitive found Sunday

Watauga deputies apprehended a Tennessee fugitive yesterday during a routine traffic stop.

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Circle of Courage: Helping to Heal

Once a month the public has the opportunity to witness something extraordinary at the Grandfather Home for Children in Banner Elk: The Circle of Courage.

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Mountaineer Basketball Over, 68-46Appalachian State University’s Mountaineer Basketball Team was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Tournament over the weekend. 
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Hoaxer could face disciplinary action

Confessed hoaxer Matthew Whitney Haney, the man responsible for Appalachian State University’s first-ever lockdown, was officially charged with one count of filing a false police report Friday.

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OASIS support group looks for members

OASIS is looking for survivors.

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Injured Deputy up for All-Star Contest

Burke County Detective Martin Lawing was shot in the neck during a December 11 standoff.

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