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Wilkes agricultural protection act passesAn ordinance that supporters hope will protect Wilkes County farms from non-agricultural development was unanimously passed this week by county commissioners. 
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ASU student employee wins award, scholarship

Mary Grace Loftin has been named Appalachian State University’s Student Employee of the Year.

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Dole cosponsors journalist protection actU.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole joined a bipartisan group of senators this week by cosponsoring Senate Bill 2035, the Free Flow of Information Act.
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Taxpayers Union presents Congresswoman with awardThe National Taxpayers Union presented 5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx with its “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” yesterday. 
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NC death penalty moratorium still on

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court approved a widely used method of lethal injection, North Carolina’s unofficial death penalty moratorium hasn’t ended yet.

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Aging Americans increase Happiness

A new University of Chicago study shows Americans become happier as they age. 

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Four arrested in Park Street armed robbery
Mickey Bon Anderson Stephen Curtis Voisey
Chase Whittington Tyler Jordan LaFrance

Boone Police officers have made four arrests in connection with a home invasion and armed robbery at an apartment on Park Street on March 25.


Just after 11:30 p.m., three men armed with a shotgun and baseball bats are alleged to have invaded the apartment. 

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$1,280 raised

Thanks to concerned listeners, Aisling Broadcasting has raised $1,280 for Watauga County Humane Society and Animal Control- and donations are still coming in!

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"Puppies appreciate it," Donations accepted

Aisling Broadcasting is still accepting donations for Watauga County Humane Society and Animal Control.

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Pining starts tonightAppalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents Stan Lai’s modern Chinese classic, Pining… in Peach Blossom Land tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.  Full Story
Students Against Sweatshops keep speaking outTwenty members of United Students Against Sweatshops were on hand to voice their opinions on both their cause and last week’s sit-in at last night’s Appalachian State University Student Government Association meeting. Full Story
321 widening project deadline approachesThe U.S. 321 widening project is almost past deadline.
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Dr. Dan visits Ashe County Memorial, Hilarity to ensue

Ashe County Memorial Hospital has a visitor today: The zany head of the “clownology” department: mime “doctor” Dan Kamin.

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One-stop starts this weekPrimary: 2008 is on its way. One-stop absentee voting starts tomorrow and runs weekdays through May 2 and Saturday, May 3.
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GOP governor candidates debate on TV

Republican candidates for governor weren’t easy on fellow candidate and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory in a televised debate last night.

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Easley urges Obama to debateGovernor Mike Easley sent presidential candidate Barack Obama a letter encouraging him to participate in an April 27 debate with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in North Carolina. 
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Obama, Clinton in NC this weekBoth Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama plan to campaign in North Carolina this week. 
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Gay-bias ban removed from website

The North Carolina state government personnel office removed from its website this week a personnel handbook that banned anti-gay discrimination.

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State sued over mental health program cuts

The state Department of Health and Human Services has been sued in federal court.

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