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Obama in North Carolina todaySenator and Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama is in North Carolina today. 
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Water Conservation top issue, Elon poll saysA new Elon University poll suggests most North Carolinians expect water conservation to be a long lasting issue. 
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Appeals Court rules for Lottery

The State Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that state lawmakers lawfully approved the bill that created North Carolina’s lottery, the Associated Press reports.

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Easley says state panel will review e-mailsEarlier this year Governor Mike Easley was criticized for allowing state employees to delete e-mails at their discretion. 
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Causey wins Jingle Contest

Hit reality television show American Idol features a “My Harris Teeter Jingle Contest”- and this year, the winner has local ties. 

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Tweetsie Blaze investigated: No official cause

Weather or electrical problems could be to blame in an early Sunday fire that destroyed a 1,300-square-foot building that housed a museum and gift shop at Tweetsie Railroad.

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Blowing Rock, Lenoir: eligible for Drought Grants

Governor Mike Easley yesterday announced that six western North Carolina communities are eligible for a total of $1.58 million in grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission to help expand their public water supplies.


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Teaching Survey available through April 21

Governor Mike Easley announced the launch of the 2008 Teacher Working Conditions Survey yesterday. 

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2007 Tourism Spending Sets Record

Raleigh officials this week released statistics showing that visitors to North Carolina spent more than $16.5 billion in 2007. 

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Gas Prices, Public Transportation: Hot issues, survey says

A new Elon University transportation poll shows gas prices and public transportation are the most important issues among North Carolina residents.

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"Carolina Pick 3" begins March 31

North Carolina lottery players can pick numbers for daytime drawings starting in two weeks, the Associated Press reports. 

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Organist to present recital

Esteemed organist Leon Couch III will present an organ recital featuring the works of Buxtehude, Bach and Eben March 30 at Appalachian State University. 

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Neal gets endorsement

Would-be Dole opponent Jim Neal accepted the endorsement of the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg this week. 

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Railroad artifacts, Kirby memorabilia: Destroyed in Tweetsie Blaze

Tweetsie Railroad Theme Park lost one of its original buildings in an early Sunday morning fire.

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Foxx, Carter, butt heads over "socialist" statement

Last week Congressional Candidate Roy Carter accused 5th district Congresswoman Virginia Foxx of ‘embarrassing” her constituents by making “slanderous statements” about Democratic presidential contenders Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton over the airways.


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Neal accuses Dole of "fear-mongering" when it comes to Immigration

Democratic Dole contender Jim Neal of Chapel Hill made what he hopes was the first of many campaign stops in Watauga County Saturday.


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Neal, Hagan: Face off in Debate

Neal, along with the other leading Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate, Hagan, has announced he will attend a March 26 forum at Craven Community College. 

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Senate approves 287(g) expansion

Last week the U.S. Senate approved Elizabeth Dole’s amendment calling for $75 million to be directed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to expand the 287(g) program. 

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ASU’s Rogers recognized for leadership

The N.C. Rural Center’s Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship recognized Appalachian State University’s Appalachian Regional Development Institute deputy director Chilton Rogers for her leadership

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