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Same-day voter registration bill gets Senate approvalYesterday, the state Senate agreed to permit residents to register to vote and cast a ballot immediately before an election.  Full Story
 
Global Warming may cost North Carolina billionsIn the coming decades, North Carolina may have to pay billions of dollars as global warming leads to property damage, land erosion, and losses in tourism and recreation business.  Full Story
 
Kindergarten cutoff bill to go to Senate

A Senate education committee agreed yesterday to a House bill that would push back the cutoff birth date to enter school by several weeks.

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Stem cell research bill wins committee supportA bill that would set aside $10 million in grant money for embryonic stem cell research in North Carolina won support yesterday from a House committee. 
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Banner Elk Man faces rape charge

A Banner Elk Man faces rape and incest charges.

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Village of Sugar Mountain to appeal annexation decision

Last month, Judge James Downs decided the Village of Sugar Mountain’s annexation of surrounding properties was illegal. This month, the village council has decided to file an appeal. 

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Sugar Mountain Clubhouse to be named for former mayor

Village Council member Gunther Jochl made a suggestion that was unanimously approved at last night’s Sugar Mountain Village Council meeting.

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Cause of Banner Elk Fire still undetermined


According to Avery County Fire Marshal David Charles Vance, a fire that destroyed a home off of Old Turnpike Road in Banner Elk Thursday is still being investigated.

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FDA warns against Chinese toothpasteThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found a poisonous chemical in certain toothpastes imported from China. Full Story
 
Waistline circumference could predict pelvic dysfunction in menNew research suggests an expanding waistline in older men could be associated with worsening lower urinary tract symptoms.
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More than 50% of asthma patients cannot control their diseaseA recent survey of U.S. asthma patients suggests that more than half have uncontrolled asthma.
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Vatican urges against road rageYesterday, the Vatican addressed pastoral needs of motorists, telling motorists to be charitable to others on the highways and refrain from road rage.
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New River Zoo can reopen, Commissioners say

Ashe County Commissioners have decided to allow the New River Zoo to reopen after two animal attack incidents forced it to close.

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‘Suspected embezzlement’ at Mayland Community College

Mayland Community College has found discrepancies in receipted monies for some Continuing Education classes.

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Year-long burglary string ends in nine arrestsAccording to Ashe County Sheriff James Williams, nine men are responsible for 25 separate larcenies from March 16, 2006 to May 2 of this year.
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Kid hits car- Benefit Saturday

An update on a story we brought you in May: 10-year-old Tyler, the child who ran into a car in the parking lot of a local restaurant on May 3, faces a long road to full recovery.

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SBI completes investigation into January shooting

An Avery County deputy has been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with the fatal shooting of Harry Lowman Jr. of Pilot Road.

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Sugar Mountain Annexation on the agenda

Today at 5 in Sugar Mountain, last month’s decision by Judge James Downs is on the agenda.

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Relay for Life totals- won’t be finalized until AugustWhile totals from Friday’s Relay for Life will not officially be in until August, over $250,000 has already been deposited in the bank.  Full Story
 
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