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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
Clinton in Boone, Obama in Hickory

All eyes are on North Carolina, the remaining state with the most delegates, a state some say could be the deciding factor in the Democratic presidential nomination.


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Carter, Hamby agree change is needed

Last night’s 5th District Democratic Debate pitted Ashe County’s Roy Carter against Iredell County’s Diane Hamby.

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Tyson loses $5 millionTyson Foods Incorporated announced a $5 million loss in its second quarter this week.
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Boone Saloon: Eight weeks to return

Boone Saloon closed after a devastating fire earlier this month.

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ASU and Wofford to have Halloween match

Appalachian State University and chief rival Wofford renew their rivalry this Halloween in front of a national television audience officials announced this week.

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Firefighters clean up Kincaid blaze200 people still can’t return to their jobs, thanks to a Sunday blaze. 
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