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Environmental groups challenge Duke’s permit

Five environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and the National Parks Conservation Association, asked a judge yesterday to revoke a state air quality permit that allowed Duke Energy Corporation to begin building a $2.4 billion coal-fired power generator in western North Carolina.

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Going on now: Brushfire turned Forest Fire

20 acres are currently burning in Watauga near the Tennessee border in what firefighters say is a brushfire turned forest fire.

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Former President to Speak at High SchoolCampaign officials tell us former President Bill Clinton will campaign for his wife, presidential contender Hillary Clinton at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Stephens High School in Hickory. Full Story
Operation Sleepy Eye a Success

Ashe County Sheriff James Williams says that if you’re going to do drugs in Ashe County, sleep with one eye open.

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White Rock Road fire claims Home

A fire called in just before 10 a.m. this morning destroyed a home on White Rock Road.

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Statewide burn ban: effective todayA statewide burning ban is back in effect as of noon today. 
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Gamewell teen still missing

A Gamewell teenager last seen at West Caldwell High School March 18 is still being sought by family, friends and authorities.

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Authorities still seek shotgun armed invaders

Boone police continue to investigate a Tuesday night home invasion.

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Rabies in Johnson CountyTwo recent cases of rabies, one in a fox and another in a raccoon, have been confirmed in Johnson County over the past month. 
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Bill Clinton comes to Hickory

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton announced yesterday he’s stopping in western North Carolina.

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McHenry opponent to visit AveryCatawba County Republican Lance Sigmon is set to run against incumbent U.S. 10th District Representative Patrick McHenry in the May 6 primary. 
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Obama ridicules McCain at Town HallDemocratic presidential contender Barack Obama used a Greensboro Town Hall to ridicule Republican rival John McCain, the Associated Press reports. 
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New policy: All deaths in mental hospitals reportedA new policy requires that all deaths in state mental hospitals will be reported to local medical examiners. 
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Saratoga structure fire turns wildfire

A late night structure fire spread to a nearby hillside after destroying a residence on Saratoga Drive in Boone yesterday.

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Caldwell authorities seek missing teen

A teenager last seen when her grandfather dropped her off at West Caldwell High School March 18 is being sought by family, friends and authorities.

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Driveway complicates Saddle Club blazeDetails are still to be released in a late night fire that claimed a residence on Saratoga Drive in Boone yesterday. Full Story
Burglars hit Banner Elk business





B.J.’s Resort Wear on Main Street in Banner Elk was the victim of an early Saturday burglary.

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K-9 helps arrest Newland 2

Joe Norwood Avery County’s drug dogs helped make three drug arrests last week, deputies say.

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Fight leads to Newland arrestsAvery officers had to break up a fight last Friday in Newland.
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