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Town Of Canton Looking To Define Acceptable Parade Displays After Marchers Carried Confederate Flags

Parades are a holiday season staple. The town of Canton's Christmas parade is scheduled for December 7th. It will be the first parade in the Haywood County town since the Labor Day parade, where several marchers showed up carrying Confederate flags. Town officials have been trying to decide how to prevent similar displays in the future. Canton Alderman Dr. Ralph Hamlett has been leading the effort to define what will be acceptable parade displays in the future. Several town residents showed...

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen today announced that she will resign from the Federal Reserve Board once her successor, Jerome Powell, is sworn in.

Yellen is the first woman to serve as Fed chair. While her term as Fed chair ends in February, Yellen could have stayed on the board until 2024, serving out her 14-year term as a Fed governor. Instead she'll follow the practice of previous Fed leaders and leave the board once Powell becomes chairman.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The nation's largest electric company has agreed to seek a lower rate increase on more than a million North Carolina customers and charge a lower potential profit margin, but still wants nearly $200 million a year to clean up the toxic byproducts of burning coal.

We’ll have the latest on the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election — including communications Donald Trump Jr. had with Wikileaks and increased scrutiny on the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner — with CBS News’ Jeff Pegues, Reuters’ Jonathan Landay and Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Max Boot.

With guest host Jane Clayson. This show airs Monday at 10 a.m. EST.

President Trump has still not weighed in on whether Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore should stay in the race, after several women accused him of sexual assault when they were teenagers.

On Fox News Monday morning, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway avoided answering a question about whether she wants people to vote for Moore, saying, “I’m telling you that we want the votes in the Senate” to get the Republican tax bill passed.

Good-government types may look askance, but Donald Trump now has a new place to cash in on his White House role.

The Trump Organization recently started a website, TrumpStore.com, to sell Trump-branded merchandise such as T-shirts, baseball caps and coin banks.

It's not to be confused with Trump's other website, DonaldJTrump.com. That site sells a lot of the same kind of merchandise, but its profits flow to Trump's presidential campaign.

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City government, tax and planning commissions and nonprofit board meetings. Those settings naturally conjure ... mystery and romance?

They do if you’re Renee Kumor.

“I’ve been on nonprofit boards for years. I’ve dealt with staff members who’ve embezzled -- that happens constantly,” Kumor said. “The issues of conflict of interest. Just having a crisis of direction on the board, and I just decided those crisis discussions can end in murder, what the heck?”

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When President Trump announced Monday that the U.S. intends to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, he said the U.S. will also announce the imposition of additional sanctions on Pyongyang.

The Trump administration is increasingly using economic sanctions to try to influence behavior, but experts warn the strategy doesn't always work — and can backfire.

Trump hotels are meant to exude a sense of luxury in some of the most exciting and exotic cities worldwide. Now the president's organization is due to open a new hotel — this time in the heart of the blues-soaked Mississippi Delta.

The Keystone XL pipeline, an $8 billion project that has attracted significant protest from environmental groups, has cleared a major regulatory hurdle on its path to completion. On Monday, the Nebraska Public Service Commission certified the pipeline to run through the state.

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Matt Peiken | BPR

City government, tax and planning commissions and nonprofit board meetings. Those settings naturally conjure ... mystery and romance?

They do if you’re Renee Kumor.

“I’ve been on nonprofit boards for years. I’ve dealt with staff members who’ve embezzled -- that happens constantly,” Kumor said. “The issues of conflict of interest. Just having a crisis of direction on the board, and I just decided those crisis discussions can end in murder, what the heck?”

Tune in as Blue Ridge Public Radio  celebrates this festive time of year. From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, Holiday Programming is our gift to you. We'll post highlights throughout the season, so be sure to check back often for updates.

Holiday specials are sponsored by: 
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina