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Vice President Al Gore addresses town meeting in Apex.
APEX — Vice President Al Gore flew into RDUInternational airport Wednesday afternoon to hold a town meeting at anApex school and, later, attend a political fund-raiser. Apex students andteachers could hardly contain their excitement as the time for his arrivalapproached.

The meeting started just after 3 p.m. and ran for about 45minutes. CraigThomas was among many students at Davis Road Middle School with questions for the Vice President. He wanted to know if Gore planned to runfor the nation's top office.

Thomas and others got their wishes as the Vice President took questionsfrom his audience. Gore said education was high on his list of priorities.

Gore touched on just about every possible aspect of education asGovernor Jim Hunt looked on in the audience. Repeatedly, the subject ofnew technology came up and the Vice President expressed enthusiasm forseeing computers and the Internet in classrooms.

Student Ellie Thompson said it was a great experience seeing the VicePresident and hearing him speak.

Gore said he'd like to see the Internet working in all classrooms bythe year 2000. In addition, he said he supports increasing standards forteachers, improving Head Start programs, making college more affordable,and getting parents more involved in education.

Over 150 people attended the town meeting, including students,teachers, administrators and parents.

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