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The North Carolina State Highway Patrol along with the Division of Law Enforcement Wildlife Resources Commission and the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division have released the totals for “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign for the period of July 4 - 7.

“On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign is a multi-agency initiative that is designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure that all motorists can safely travel on highway and waterways during the summer months. Operation “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink & Drive” is focused on three key summer travel holiday weekends; Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

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The North Carolina State Crime Laboratory has achieved accreditation under tough new international standards.

The lab received notice last month from Forensic Quality Services (FQS) that it has achieved accreditation under ISO 17025, which provides a global basis for laboratory accreditation in management and technical requirements.

“Quality work by the crime lab is critical to solving crimes and ensuring justice for victims and suspects,” Attorney General Roy Cooper said. “I’m proud of our forensic science professionals for achieving the highest standards and pursuing the latest science.”

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U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC) has announced EPA approval of Arundo Donax as a feedstock for producing next-generation biofuel, a move Senator Hagan has advocated for. Wilmington-based Chemtex will use Arundo Donax to make cellulosic fuel at a new biorefinery in Sampson County. When completed, this facility will create jobs and produce biofuel that will help diversify our country’s fuel supply.

“Commercial scale production of cellulosic biofuel will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create new opportunities for farmers without affecting food or feed prices,” said Hagan.

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Citizens of Macon County are seeing a bit of a reprieve this week after almost being carried away by the heavy rains that came last week. The forecast had predicted rain every day this week as well, but it would be hard to top the large amounts that swept the area beginning last Wednesday prompting area officials to postpone the Fourth of July fireworks celebration until Saturday, the 6th.

Macon County 9-1-1 reported three instances of water entering the roadway; Arthur Drake Road in Franklin, Klein Road in Highlands, and River Road in the Cullasaja community of Franklin.

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