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U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has received $962,000 since 2008 from employees and political action committees of industries that are under the jurisdiction of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.

The meetings begin with a session Tuesday evening in the Ballantyne area. Additional sessions are set for Wednesday in Matthews and Thursday in Waxhaw.

County commissioners will hear opinions Tuesday on proposal to ban smoking at government buildings, greenways, parks, golf courses.

David Snepp knows that sooner or later thousands of Americans will be coming home from the war in Afghanistan. But he worries about the thousands of Afghans who won’t be able to go home themselves.

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