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State-wide Litter Clean-up in EffectA state-wide campaign to clean up roadways and enforce litter laws on North Carolina's highways began this past Saturday.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Highway Patrol have teamed up for the Spring Litter Sweep.

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Cold Mountain Review Celebrates it’s 35th Aniversary

The Cold Mountain Review is celebrating it’s 35th anniversary.

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Injuries spike among home improvement novices

The number of do-it-yourselfers showing up in hospital emergency rooms with nail gun injuries is skyrocketing. A Duke University researcher says choosing carefully at your local hardware store can keep you from being a statistic.

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Crossnore VFD Receives Grant Money

The Crossnore Volunteer Fire Department in Avery County was visited by 10th district Congressman Patrick McHenry Wednesday.

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Merlefest fan favorites The Avett Brothers will headline the inaugural Mountain Times Appalachian Roots Revival, scheduled for next Saturday, April 21, at the High Country Fairgrounds in Boone, NC.

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Women’s Studies Program Fundraiser Held

Women’s Studies Program at Appalachian State University will host a fundraiser tomorrow to bring an international scholar to campus to serve as a visiting professor in the program.

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Easter Weekend Crop Damage Nearly $112 Million

The Easter weekend cold snap could end up costing North Carolina as much as $112 million in crop losses according to the State Agriculture Department. Preliminary estimates show the hardest hit were nursery crops, such as ornamental trees, bushes and sod.

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State Tourism Still Growing

Tourism continues to be a strong sector of the local and state economy, with 2006 data suggesting another boom year.

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ASU Student Overdosed on Methadone

More information has come to light concerning the sudden death of an ASU student last December. Initially there were suspicions of alcohol poisoning.

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New Walmart In Wilkesboro

A new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Wilkesboro! It’ll be at the site of an old Kmart on U.S. 421, across from the existing Wal-Mart. The plans were submitted to the town of Wilkesboro Tuesday. 

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Bank of America Boosts HabitatThe Bank of America is making a $6 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International. The gift continues a 20 year partnership between the Charlotte-based bank and the non-profit. Full Story
Fighting Domestic Violence

Someone who violates a protective order and commits murder could be sentenced to death under a bill passed by the state Senate.

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Tough Penalties For Giving Alcohol to Minors

North Carolinians who provide alcohol to people too young to drink legally could see their drivers' licenses suspended under legislation heard by a House committee.

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An Apology For Slavery

The North Carolina House formally apologized today "for the injustice, cruelty and brutality of slavery." That follows up on the apology the Senate issued last week for the state's historic racism.

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N.C. Lottery Tickets Sold in Vending Machines

 North Carolina has begun selling scratch-off lottery tickets in vending machines. About 500 machines are being installed across North Carolina at supermarkets including Food Lion and Lowe's Foods.

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A Red Plate State

Standard license plates in North Carolina will have their first new look in 25 years when tag numbers become red instead of blue starting Monday.

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ABC Board AppointmentsWest Jefferson Aldermen have appointed Chris Barr, Jack Reeves and David Miller as the West Jefferson ABC Board, with Barr named chairman. Town Manager Greg McGinnis said the volunteer board is charged with all aspects of setting up and Full Story
Renewable Energy Grants Up For GrabsJohn Cooper, State Director USDA Rural Development announced today the availability of $176.5 million in loan guarantees and $11.4 million in grants to support investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements by agricultural producers and small businesses. Full Story
Grandfather Feels Lower Than Ever

Unseasonably cold weather broke the record for the daily low temperature on Easter Sunday at Grandfather Mountain.

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