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Feds to hold more meetings about plans for 2 NC forests

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The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled more public meetings about its plans for Pisgah and Nantahala national forests after the first sessions ended in controversy. Full story...
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Christmas trees big business in NC mountains

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Christmas trees grown in North Carolina are already well on their way to stores and tree stands across the country. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that North Carolina ranks second in the nation behind Oregon in Christmas tree production. Federal statistics say the state supplies about 4 million trees worth about $1 billion. Full story...
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Family plans to mark Billy Graham's 96th birthday

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Forget about another big birthday blowout for the Rev. Billy Graham. Graham plans to celebrate his 96th birthday Friday with family and friends. Last year, 900 people attended a two-hour party for the North Carolina-born evangelist at an Asheville hotel. Full story...
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New hotel to be built at Biltmore in Asheville

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Biltmore is building a second hotel at Biltmore Estate that's expected to create about 230 jobs. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported construction is expected to begin by mid-October. The Village Hotel will have 209 guestrooms and is expected to open in November 2015. Full story...
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Experts see improved outlook for fall leaves in NC

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An expert on fall foliage who had earlier said leaf colors in the North Carolina mountains would be below average is changing her forecast The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Western Carolina University resident leaf color expert Kathy Matthews says relatively dry conditions over the last month, along with cooling temperatures, have improved the outlook. Full story...
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Pisgah Inn operator gets 10-year contract

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The operator of Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway has been awarded a contract to operate for another 10 years. Bruce O'Connell told the Asheville Citizen-Times he plans to make improvements to the inn now that he has won the contract again. Full story...
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'Downton Abbey' costumes to go on display in NC

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American fans of "Downton Abbey" can soon see an exhibition on the show's costumes in Asheville. The Citizen-Times of Asheville reports that tickets for a show entitled "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times" are now on sale. Full story...
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Charges dismissed against NC man in child sex case

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A North Carolina judge has dismissed all charges and overturned the sentence of a man who spent 22 years in prison after his conviction in a child sex abuse case. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that a judge overturned Michael Alan Parker's sentence Monday. A statement from The Duke Law School's Wrongful Convictions Clinic says Parker was released Tuesday. Full story...
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Bill would help victims in Camp Lejeune, Asheville

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Two North Carolina congressional leaders have introduced legislation they say will help people exposed to contaminated water near a closed Asheville factory and a Marines Corp base. Full story...
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Supreme Court rules against homeowners in toxic water case

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The Supreme Court says a group of homeowners in North Carolina can't sue a company that contaminated their drinking water because a state deadline has lapsed. Full story...
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