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Flu a presence in the High CountryFlu is still making its way through the High Country. 
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Playwright speaks tonight

Accomplished writer Jo Carson presents a reading tonight in the Table Rock Room of the Plemmons Student Union on the Appalachian State University Campus.

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Break-ins, jewelry theft, Crimestoppers alerts

Watauga County Crimestoppers is asking for your help.

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Obama speaks to military familiesDemocratic presidential contender Barack Obama spoke to military families near Fort Bragg yesterday, saying the Iraq war has left the United States less safe. 
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Environmental groups appeal Duke’s generator permit

Two environmental groups appealed a state air quality permit yesterday that gave Duke Energy permission to build a coal-fired power generator

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Noose displayed at ASU, University takes it 'seriously,' chancellor says

Appalachian State University Chancellor Kenneth Peacock said today that a noose was recently reported displayed in a campus building.

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Caldwell family agrees to sell to Foothills Conservancy

A Caldwell family has agreed to sell nearly 650 acres of wilderness to the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina.

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Suspicious vehicle leads to drug arrestsTwo Reidsville residents got lost in Newland last week only to find themselves in some trouble with Newland Police Department. Full Story
Vandalism: Crimestoppers alerts

Crimestoppers is on the lookout for whoever’s responsible for two crimes in Watauga County over the past month.

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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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