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The Weekly Altweekly for April 23-29, 2014

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Today is the beginning of early voting here in North Carolina. If you are a North Carolina resident and have questions about voting, head over to the State Board of Elections website. With that in mind, this week’s The Weekly Altweekly has several papers  committed to endorsements of candidates. In addition, there’s a major festival or two going around. Yet, there’s still a lot of good local government and placemaking coverage. Let’s get started:

This week’s Rhino Times details the Republican field, along with the Simkins PAC endorsements (Simkins is the main African-American PAC in Guilford County) in several Triad-area races, but also highlights a community walk through a troubled, but determined neighborhood, why the county wants people to wait until the deadline to pay their taxes, provides more details on the Guilford/Alamance line redrawing, and why the city of Greensboro is looking for areas to annex, as well as raising fees on false emergency alarms and garbage collection. In addition, in an election that won’t happen until November, Bill Bencini, current chair of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, will run for mayor.

Triad City Beat,in addition to profiling the District 58 House Race and analyzing the NC Senate District 28 race, has a cover story on what’s next for Downtown Greensboro, Inc and  a profile on an ex-Black Panther, turned preacher community advocate in High Point.

Yes Weekly! has a detailed list and explanation of all the changes in voting that are going into effect this year, as well as an attempt to track the money behind a 6th District congressional race mailer, and the role of big money in state elections. In addition, why City of Greensboro employees may not be retiring and some details on several downtown Greensboro business deals.

The Mountain Xpress is dedicated to this week’s Moogfest in Asheville, but also has a note on the recent decisions by the Asheville City Council.

Creative Loafing Charlotte has 108 things to do in Charlotte before you die, the revelation that Duke Energy donated more to Governor McCrory’s campaign than any other state governor in history, and how the General Assembly is handling teacher pay.

The Indy Week is all endorsements, save this note on the Durham City Council approval of new downtown Durham buildings and Encore highlights Wilmington’s Upscale Resale Design Challenge.

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