25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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North Carolina Democrats cringed when the United States Justice Department preapproved the redistricting maps on November 1. The decision by the Obama administration will likely give Tar Heel Republicans an electoral advantage for the next decade. The state’s Democratic Party is already preparing to file a lawsuit to challenge the decision, but such a prompt ruling by the Democratic administration poses a significant hurdle to opponents of the GOP drawn lines.

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With just three weeks remaining before the deadline for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to establish a plan to reduce the nation’s budget deficit, Congressman Heath Shuler and Mike Simpson, Republican Representative of Idaho, led a bipartisan effort to send a letter to the committee urging members to consider all options when developing a plan.

Led by Shuler, the bipartisan letter was signed by 40 House Republicans and 60 House Democrats and encouraged the committee to consider additional revenue along with spending cuts as part of a deal to reduce deficits by $4 trillion over 10 years, instead of settling for the minimum requirement of $1.2 trillion.

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North Carolinians turned in 3.5 million dosage units of potentially dangerous old prescription and over-the-counter drugs during a single day as part of Operation Medicine Drop events held statewide on Oct. 29, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced.

“When used correctly, prescription drugs can improve and even save lives. But when abused, prescription drugs can be dangerous and even deadly,” Cooper said. “Getting these drugs out of homes where they can be easily stolen or taken by the wrong person can prevent prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths.”

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Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced today that state and local law enforcement officers cited 758 motorists for driving while impaired during the “Booze It & Lose It” Halloween campaign, which ran Oct. 28-31. A total of 20,786 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide.

“It is important to remove drivers under the influence from our roadways,” Secretary Conti said. “The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, along with state and local law enforcement officers, is dedicated to preventing crashes and making our roadways safer.”

During the Governor’s Highway Safety Program campaign, officers statewide conducted 1,664 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols. Counties with the highest number of DWI citations were Mecklenburg (58), Wake (51), Robeson (51) and Guilford (46).

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