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United States Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that North Carolina will receive more than $1.5 million to improve access to health care and educational services in rural communities.

“Nearly half of all North Carolinians live in rural areas,” said Hagan. ”We need to make sure that people in all corners of our state have access to the same educational opportunities and medical care available in metropolitan areas. This funding will help rural schools prepare students for success in the 21st century economy and ensure that residents in these areas have access to the quality, affordable health care they need and deserve.”


Duke Energy has received the final of six new federal hydro licenses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for Nantahala Area hydro stations.

The latest license covers Nantahala Hydroelectric Project, located substantially in Macon County, N.C., but with waters also in Clay County.

The new 30-year license triggers a variety of public recreation and aquatic habitat enhancements in the Nantahala River watershed.


Following a four-month suspension of sales, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles this week began reissuing “Friends of the Smokies” special license plates.

Legislation recently passed by the General Assembly required that the plate be redesigned when supplies ran out last October. NCDMV worked with the Friends of the Smokies foundation to approve the redesign. Under the new requirements, the plate must have a standardized format that allows the plate number to be “easily read by the human eye and by cameras installed along roadways as part of tolling and speed enforcement,” but a segment of the plate can have a “unique design,” according to the legislation.


More than 18,000 people have downloaded the North Carolina Department of Justice’s new app since it went live on January 31, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Monday. During a period last week it was nationally ranked as one of the top ten educational apps on iTunes.

The new app allows users to search for registered North Carolina sex offenders by GPS location or street address from wherever they are.

The app, which was unveiled last week, is currently available for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® and can be downloaded via iTunes® or at ncdoj.gov. Cooper’s office is continuing to work on developing an app that will work on other platforms, such as Android.


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