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Morning Post for Oct. 24, 2014

UNC Charlotte students face long walk to vote: The closest early-voting site to campus is a little more than half an hour walk that includes busy roads with no sidewalks. Many students do not have their own transportation. Read more.

State of political hate: North Carolinians have suffered through the greatest number of negative U.S. Senate election ads in the country. Read more.

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Morning Post for Oct. 23, 2014

App State early-voting site restored: A customary one-stop voting site on Appalachian State University campus was reinstated at the last minute Wednesday evening via a somewhat unusual and confusing process. Read more.

Students at other colleges across the state aren’t so lucky: The News & Observer reports that some of the largest colleges in the Triangle will not have early-voting sites on campus in this year’s election. Read more.

Early voting begins Thursday: Find your county’s sites and hours here. For more information on how to vote, including voter guides, the following are useful resources: NC Election Connection, Democracy NC, NC Voter Guide and the NC State Board of Elections.

App State early-voting site to stay open unless SBOE reverses earlier vote

Shortly after the State Board of Elections voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to implement an early-voting site at Plemmons Student Union on Appalachian State University campus, the N.C. Supreme Court accepted the state board’s request to intervene in the case and issued a stay of the lower court order mandating the campus site.

Earlier, multiple newspapers reported that the order had blocked the newly-approved App State early-voting site. However, WRAL now reports that the ruling does not automatically void the state board’s vote earlier this afternoon. As a result, despite the court’s decision to stay Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens’ ruling, the campus site will go forward unless the board meets again to formally reverse their decision…

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Morning Post for Oct. 22, 2014

Raleigh extends employment discrimination protection to transgender city employees: While North Carolina has made great strides in recent weeks in terms of marriage equality, it remains one of 29 states where you can still legally be fired for being gay or transgender. Earlier this year, Gov. Pat McCrory issued an executive order barring employment discrimination for state workers that excluded protections for LGBT workers. The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to add gender identity or expression to the city’s non-discrimination policy language. Read more.

UNC academic fraud report to be released: Former top U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein’s report on academic irregularities at UNC is scheduled to be presented to the UNC Board of Governors this morning and released to the public this afternoon. Read more.

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AT LONG LAST — The Great North Carolina BBQ Map

Like all great inventions, it began with a great need. Amanda Fisher and Paul Bright of Charlotte enjoy taking back roads when they travel, discovering hidden treasures and seeking out-of-the-way eateries, especially the ones that serve barbecue. Wishing for a comprehensive guide to make trip planning less time consuming, they realized that they would have to create one for themselves…

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Don’t pet the furry caterpillars

If you see a caterpillar that looks like a tiny toupee, don’t touch it. Puss caterpillars, otherwise known as Megalopyge opercularis, are having a population boom in Southeastern NC, and their sting can pack a punch…

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Meadow Lane Farm to host Dinner in the Meadow on Sunday, September 21, 2014

Louisburg’s Meadow Lane Farm will host its first Dinner in the Meadow on Sunday, September 21, 2014 to raise money for the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund.

Named to honor the memory of farmer and educator Marjorie Leonard and Jerry Stephen Mobley, a Department of Agriculture livestock specialist, former president of the Durham Farmer’s Market Board of Directors, and proprietor of Meadow Lane Farm, the fund was recently established as a granting agency to support the development and long-term sustainability of small farms in North Carolina…

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