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RALEIGH — Thousands of teachers gathered Wednesday in North Carolina's capital to demand better pay and more resources for public schools in the conservative, tax-cutting state, continuing a nationwide trend of teachers rising up to pressure lawmakers for change.

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The man who died while kayaking in the Linville Gorge on Saturday has been identified by officials with the United States Forestry Service.

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Emergency responders say a man died while kayaking in Burke County on Saturday. According to a post on the Burke County Search and Rescue Facebook page, the incident happened sometime after 6 p.m. on the Linville River near the Pinchin Trailhead.The post did not mention how the man died, but it did say he was from another state. No other details were released. “Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends,” the post said. “Thank you to everyone who assisted with this tragic accident.”WSOC-TV reported that more than 50 people from Burke and McDowell counties responded to the scene. This story will be updated as more information is made available. ​ 

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Foothills Conservancy purchased 90 acres of land near Old Fort in McDowell County on Feb. 27 and conveyed the property to North Carolina State Parks on April 17. The acquisition was a conservation partnership among Foothills Conservancy, Camp Grier, and Dan and Denisa Allison, all of whom pu…

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A Gastonia man currently serving prison time faces charges McDowell after DNA tests linked him to a gas station robbery last year, authorities said Monday.

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An inmate convicted of first-degree murder in Cumberland County was found dead at Marion Correctional Institution after an apparent suicide, according to reports.

  • By Danielle Battaglia danielle.battaglia@greensboro.com
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Both Eden police and the Rockingham County sheriff's office are investigating separate shootings of Eden resident Dominique Raquan Starkes since Monday. 

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ASHEVILLE – The latest influenza-like illness (ILI) report from the state health department shows a decrease in flu-like illnesses in our region. As a result, Infection Prevention, in consultation with Mission Health’s Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Public Health Epidemiologist…

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  • BY DUSTIN CHANDLER dchandler@mcdowellnews.com
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A Marion man convicted in the 2013 death of his girlfriend has been resentenced following an N.C. Court of Appeals Decision and will likely spend fewer years in prison.

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Billy Graham, the charismatic evangelist whose eloquent oratory and passion for Jesus attracted a worldwide following and made him one of the most influential and best-known religious figures of his time, was found dead Wednesday at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. He was 99.

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  • DUSTIN CHANDLER dchandler@mcdowellnews.com
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On Tuesday morning, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-11), who officially filed for re-election on Monday, visited McDowell Technical Community College for a tour of the Universal Advanced Manufacturing Center and to attend a meeting by the Workforce Pipeline Committee in one of four public events t…

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A Marion man convicted in the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend will be resentenced in McDowell County Superior Court.