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Students Ask Easley to Veto Scuppernong Bill

Posted December 6, 2001 2:33 a.m. EST

— Some Wayne County elementary school students have asked Gov. Mike Easley to veto a bill making the scuppernong grape the state fruit.

Fifth-grade students at Tommys Road Elementary School, who originally asked Easley a year ago to make the strawberry the state fruit, signed a letter Wednesday seeking the veto.

State Rep. Carolyn Russell, R-Wayne, introduced the bill in the House to name the strawberry the state fruit, which the House passed.

The Senate later passed a bill that made the scuppernong the state fruit, the strawberry the state's red berry and the blueberry the state's blue berry.

Legislators ratified the Senate version, which was sent to Easley.

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