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Democratic Candidates in Boone

Boone had a few visitors today.

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Mount Airy man killed in IraqA member of the North Carolina National Guard was one of three soldiers killed in Iraq this week.  Full Story
Watauga: 1,900 votesEarly voting in Watauga County is attracting a crowd Board of Elections Jane Ann Hodges says. 
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Google declines 2008 incentives, Lenoir gets windfallInternet search giant Google is giving up its 2008 incentives. Full Story
Swan Creek Wine Region RecognizedThe federal government has officially approved the Swan Creek wine region as an American Viticulture Area. Full Story
Candidates in the High Country today

Candidates are running out of time to make their pitches to High Country voters.

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McCrory and Smith at the top of Republican raceGubernatorial candidates Pat McCrory and Fred Smith are at the top of the Republican primary race, a new poll says. 
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Local deputy still in the running for America’s Most Wanted All Star

Former Burke Deputy Martin Lawing is still in the running to be the next America’s Most Wanted All Star.

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Dole introduces State Children’s Health Insurance Program BillU.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole introduced a bill this week intended to responsibly reauthorize and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. 
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Highway Patrol suspends use of police dogsThe North Carolina state Highway Patrol has indefinitely suspended use of its 10 police dogs.  Full Story
Clinton's Appalachian State University SpeechAn audio recording of former president Bill Clinton's Tuesday speech is available here. Full Story
Former President speaks at ASU 

Three thousand people crammed into Appalachian State University’s Varsity Gym to hear former President Bill Clinton speak on behalf of his wife’s candidacy yesterday.


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Obama says party will unite

Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama spoke before a crowd at Hickory High School yesterday at a campaign “town hall” event.

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Warner case resumes in May

For the second time in a week a crowd of animal activists gathered at the Watauga County Courthouse on behalf of eighty dogs and four dead dogs seized from a residence near Todd.

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Silent demonstration plannedA silent demonstration to support racial unity and cultural sensitivity has been planned by Appalachian State University’s Black Faculty and Staff Association. 
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Neal rides to the poll with Mountaineers

U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Neal plans to join the Appalachian State University student-led group “Watauga for Neal” for coffee before riding to the polls for early voting Thursday.

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Dole wants crude oil deposits to stop

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole has joined 15 of her colleagues in calling for the Administration to stop depositing domestic crude oil into the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

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Lab showcases 1.2 billion year old specimensAppalachian State University geology students have a new place to learn: the outdoor geology laboratory. 
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Going on now: Former President, Candidate CampaignIt's a busy day to be a Democrat. Former President Bill Clinton is speaking live at the Appalachian State University Varsity Gym on behalf of his wife, presidential contender Hillary Clinton. Full Story
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