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Jackson Residents Peacefully Urge for Healthcare Reform

 About 55 residents from Jackson County peacefully assembled last night (Sept. 2) at the county’s historic courthouse on main street Sylva to urge Congress to reform the nation’s current healthcare system. The residents held a vigil to honor those who they said are suffering under the current health care system […]

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H1N1 Flu Cases Still Being Seen at WCU

Two weeks after classes began at Western Carolina University, cases of the flu are still spreading rapidly across campus. Classes started on Monday, Aug. 24 and WCU’s Health Center had already seen 20 suspected cases of the flu  and more than 65 cases at the end of the week on  […]

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Back-to-Back Police Investigations Surface in Area

Back-to-back discoveries, one involving a death and the other an injury, opened two investigations for area police departments on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9.The first investigation involves a Cherokee woman who was charged on Aug. 8 with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to […]

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Ways to Voice Your Opinion, Express Concerns on Campus

If you you’re passionate and opinionated, you’ve spent years—maybe even decades—telling yourself that you’ll probably never see the kind of society you want, because people would never go for it. Maybe it’s time to break the habit and get your opinion out. No question, it’s not easy in figuring out […]

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North Carolina May End Vehicle Inspections

North Carolina lawmakers may repeal the state’s required annual motor vehicle safety inspections. The Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday, July 28 debated a measure its sponsor said would save owners more than $12 a year on each vehicle. Sen. Charlie Albertson of Duplin County said residents spend more than $80 […]

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Estabrooks Named Smith Distinguished Professor at WCU

One of the nation’s top experts in the area of adult neurological communication disorders, Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, has been appointed the first Catherine Brewer Smith Distinguished Professor of Communication Disorders at Western Carolina University. Helm-Estabrooks moves into the professorship from an adjunct professor position she had held since May in WCU’s […]

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Hurricane Probability Downgraded in United States

A near- to below-normal Atlantic hurricane season is now expected as the calming effects of El Niño, a periodic warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific waters, continues to develop. But scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) say the season’s quiet start does not guarantee quiet times […]

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N.C. Racial Justice Act Passed after Senate Votes

The General Assembly has approved a milestone bill that will now allow death-row inmates to oppose the death penalty by arguing that there is particular racial bias in the way that capital punishment has been applied. Under the bill, a prisoner will be able to bring to life statistical evidence […]

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Salamander Named After WCU Professor

Western Carolina University has a rather small claim to fame to the Urspelerpes brucei, a recently discovered species of salamander. Named for WCU professor Emeritus Richard Bruce, the amphibian is only 2 inches long—and the second smallest known species in the U.S. This salamander was discovered in Stephens County, Ga., […]

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Update on Medical Marijuana Legislation Proposed in North Carolina

In April, NC House Bill 1380, titled the North Carolina Medical Marijuana Act, was introduced. This legislation, aimed at decriminalizing marijuana for medical purposes and exempts patients from prosecution, has been sitting at a standstill since April 13 after passing its first reading and being sent to the Committee on […]