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An Apology For Slavery

The North Carolina House formally apologized today "for the injustice, cruelty and brutality of slavery." That follows up on the apology the Senate issued last week for the state's historic racism.

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N.C. Lottery Tickets Sold in Vending Machines

 North Carolina has begun selling scratch-off lottery tickets in vending machines. About 500 machines are being installed across North Carolina at supermarkets including Food Lion and Lowe's Foods.

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A Red Plate State

Standard license plates in North Carolina will have their first new look in 25 years when tag numbers become red instead of blue starting Monday.

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ABC Board AppointmentsWest Jefferson Aldermen have appointed Chris Barr, Jack Reeves and David Miller as the West Jefferson ABC Board, with Barr named chairman. Town Manager Greg McGinnis said the volunteer board is charged with all aspects of setting up and Full Story
Renewable Energy Grants Up For GrabsJohn Cooper, State Director USDA Rural Development announced today the availability of $176.5 million in loan guarantees and $11.4 million in grants to support investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements by agricultural producers and small businesses. Full Story
Grandfather Feels Lower Than Ever

Unseasonably cold weather broke the record for the daily low temperature on Easter Sunday at Grandfather Mountain.

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A Spring Cleaning Suggestion

Though you couldn’t tell by looking at the temperature…It is Spring Cleaning Time! RAM’s Rack Thrift Shop in Boone can use your donations. The shop will even pick up your donations of furniture and large appliances free of charge.

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Arrests made in meth, pot case

Two men allegedly involved in an illegal drug business in Caldwell and Ashe counties were arrested this past week.

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Support a Great Cause…Win A Great Trip!

You could win a Trip to New York City simply by giving blood or platelets during the month of April. All month long anyone who donates blood or platelets at an American Red Cross blood drive or donor center will be entered into a regional drawing for a

"New York Get Away" prize package.

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Missing Girl Found Safe in Globe Area

A teenager who was reported missing in the Globe area Friday afternoon was found unharmed.

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Appalcart Reporting Record Ridership

Appalcart reported record ridership for the month of March. Eighty-Seven-Thousand-Six-Hundred-and-sixty-five passengers rode Appalcart last month in fifty-five-thousand miles of service.

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Two Watauga High Seniors Win Teaching Fellows Scholarships

Watauga High Seniors Savannah Haas and Kinsey Spencer have been awarded North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarships. The highly sought after scholarships are worth six-thousand-five-hundred dollars a year totaling twenty-six-thousand-dollars over a four period.

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Board Of Adjustments To Hear Templeton Medical Building Request

Tonight brings one of the month’s more controversial meetings. The Boone Board Of Adjustments meeting will hear a second request from developer Phil Templeton to build a medical office building in an R-1 residential neighborhood.

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Watauga County Schedules Board Of Equalization and Review

A calendar note, the Watauga County Commissioners are scheduling this year’s Board of Equalization and Review.

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Students Continue To Support Renewable Energy Initiative

ASU students voted in favor of continuing to support the campus renewable energy initiative. Recent student elections included a referendum on continuing a $5.00 student fee to support the school’s renewable energy projects.

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$1 Million Dollar Gift Benefits Dept. of Technology

In other ASU news, the school announced this week that they are the recipient of a $1 million dollar gift. Ron Harper of Charlotte made the gift to support the flexography program, scholarships and other needs in the Dept. of Technology.

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Astrophysicist Looks For New Planets

This week’s full moon and mostly clear skies has had folks out in yards and along the parkway observing the beautiful spring sky. ASU Professor Richard Gray is looking for something a little more than beauty.

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Appalcart Goes On Holiday Schedule

Local mass transit is going on holiday schedule for Easter. Appalcart will reduce its schedule starting tomorrow.

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First 2007 Hurricane Season Predictions Say Active Year

The advent of spring means that hurricane season is just around the corner. William Gray of Colorado State University has predicted a very active hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.

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