Former Gov. Martin, author John Hood talk politics at Rotary Club meeting

HICKORY – Former state Gov. Jim Martin spoke at the Lake Hickory Rotary Club on Tuesday alongside John Hood, who just authored a biography about Martin.

Police: 1 airlifted, 2 transported by ambulance in drunk driving accident

HICKORY – A passenger was critically injured and airlifted from the scene of a one-car drunk driving accident in northeast Hickory on Wednesday afternoon, police officials said.

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Life & Entertainment

To The Rescue: Vivacious storyteller shares gift through CDs

Peggy Winslow Baum of Alexander County is selling CDs of her animal stories to raise money for the more than 25 animal charities she supports. With the help of an engineer, Baum recorded The Winking Dog and Other True Stories for All Ages after “people began suggesting I record the stories,” Baum said, who’d been speaking to various groups and collecting donations for the charities.

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Column: Senate skips town - and responsibility

The Senate left town last week, its work unfinished. Majority leader Mitch McConnell's partial government shutdown continues. Among other things, Republicans still refuse to take up many of Barack Obama's judicial and executive-branch nominations -- a roadblock that makes it hard for the courts and the federal government to work efficiently.

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2 arrested for hole-in-the-wall break-ins in Pitt County

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say two Greenville brothers have been arrested in connection with a series of hole-in-the-wall break-ins that occurred at businesses across Pitt County over the last four years.

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National News

Alabama attorney in landmark libel case dies at age 91

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama attorney who was involved in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court libel case died Tuesday night in Montgomery.

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Outgoing Argentine president says she's not going away

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — When Argentines chose a new president in recent elections, many voters seemed more concerned about what would happen with the old one.

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