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In accordance with a new state law passed during the 2013 legislative session, the State of North Carolina has begun issuing no-fee voter identification cards.

Beginning in 2016, North Carolina will require voters to have a valid photo ID to cast a ballot when voting in person. A list of photo ID that will be acceptable for voting is available on the State Board of Elections’ website. No-fee ID cards are available for people who have no other valid forms of photo identification.

Applications for no-fee voter ID cards can be made at any North Carolina DMV driver license office.

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The deadline for application to Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics (SVSM), a cost-free, statewide program providing enrichment and research opportunities to academically talented high school students, is January 31. For more information and to apply, visit www.summerventures.org.

Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics brings rising juniors and seniors together in residential settings for four weeks of intensive study. Sponsored by the University of North Carolina (UNC) system, SVSM is held on four UNC campuses across the state. The program provides high-achieving North Carolina students with the potential to excel in mathematics and science an opportunity to immerse themselves in investigative classes and research in a residential, collaborative learning environment. Students design, conduct and share their own research projects during the course of the program.

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North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) aircrew and local highly trained rescue technicians rescued three stranded hikers from the Appalachian Trail in Swain County Friday, Jan 3. The North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART) found the hikers approximately half a mile from the Tennessee border.

The three hikers were stranded because they lacked proper equipment for rapid snow accumulation and sustained below-freezing temperatures. National Park Service Rangers reached the hikers Friday morning and confirmed the need for NCHART, as the subjects were severely hypothermic and land rescue was not possible.

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New licenses will provide real time facial recognition capabilities

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is moving forward with production of a new next generation, secure driver license that will reduce the risk of identity theft, better integrate new technology for customer service and comply with the federal Real ID Act of 2005.

N.C. Department of Transportation signed a $73,468,000 contract on Dec. 16, with MorphoTrust USA, Inc. of Billerica, Mass. to produce more than two million new driver licenses and ID cards per year, enabling NCDMV to achieve its modernization efforts. MorphoTrust is the company that currently produces North Carolina Driver licenses.

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