BOONE—Economic activity in Western North Carolina increased by 0.4 points in October, marking the sixth consecutive monthly increase in the index that tracks the level of economic activity in 25 western North Carolina counties. The increase returned the Western North Carolina Economic Index to its pre-recession level.
Professors study practice that requires no criminal conviction
BOONE—Innocent until proven guilty carries a lot of weight if you are accused of a crime. But it can be a different story when state agencies seize the property or assets of those suspected of criminal activity. A procedure known as civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement agencies in many states to seize property or assets of a criminal suspect and proceed to have them forfeited to the government even if the individual is never convicted of the original charge.