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Gas price decrease may increase travel

December 22, 2011

A drop in gasoline prices since spring may be the spark North Carolina motorists need to travel during the Christmas holiday.

AAA Carolinas says 2.4 million motorists are expected to drive 50 miles or more during the holiday travel period beginning Friday and lasting through Jan. 2.

Since May 6, gasoline prices in North Carolina have dropped 64 cents. The average price statewide is the cheapest since it hit $3.14 a gallon in early February, and the lowest since peaking at nearly $3.88 on May 6.

Elisa Baker federal plea deal pending

December 22, 2011

Elisa Baker, who pleaded guilty in September to killing 10-year-old disabled Zahra Baker, is looking to make a deal on federal drug charges.

Lawyers for Elisa Baker have filed documents in federal court indicating she has worked out a deal with prosecutors on charges of distributing painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs.

Plea deal documents filed Monday were not available to the public. Her trial is scheduled to start in January.

The O-N-E morning read: Thursday, Dec. 22

December 22, 2011

Christmas spirit is alive in the Catawba Valley, with the holiday just three days away.

Inside The O-N-E and at observernewsonline.com today:
* Hundreds of Catawba County children sent their letters to Santa, and The O-N-E shares many of them with you today. Among the most popular requests this year are video game systems, iPods, iPads, skateboards and dolls. Find a sampling of Santa letters today in “Dear Santa: What I Want For Christmas” inside The O-N-E and Outlook, and visit the local news tab at observernewsonline.com for a comprehensive wish list from county children.

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