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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for November 3, 2014

Wow! It’s November! We are coming up on almost a year of North Carolina Placebook! Although we’ve only been on our own platform since March of this year, we started over on Kristen’s home blog, The Black Urbanist, as a way for her to share a few news links she thought important and get some ideas off her chest.

In honor of #NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), Kristen’s going to be writing every day (not just every weekday, every day) about various things. Some of those things include book previews of her upcoming book A Black Urbanist, which makes its debut on December 1st.

Another thing to be excited about: voting. We all hope you’ve already exercised that right in the early voting process. If not, read this guide and be ready to show up at your polling place tomorrow from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. throughout North Carolina. Oh and you need to make sure you mail in your absentee ballot too, if that’s your thing. That’s cool. All ballots in Colorado are mailed and also available at poling places too.

Alright, enough for announcements, onward to the news after a word from our sponsors:

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News Across North Carolina for November 3, 2014

What WUNC learned about education in North Carolina through their #teachinginnc hashtag.

An analysis of the social scene for black professionals in Charlotte.

Students coming to the polls in New Hanover County are having issues with the requirement to state your full street address, because many only know their dormitory name and not what street it is on.

Over 1.1 million voters voted early. Lines were long on Saturday. Two voting machines have malfunctioned in Guilford County over the past week.

A private audit found some of the jobs cut last year at UNCG did not need to be cut.

The state is having more discussions around reducing the gas tax and charging businesses and developers more for the services that the state DOT provides.

The Bookmarks Festival has become a funded partner of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

This woman is running a write-in campaign for the Mount Airy School Board.

The age to buy tobacco could be going up to 21.

The Forsyth County DA and county clerk are working on creating an online system to settle minor traffic infractions.

The latest on the Asheville police controversy.

The City of Asheville’s spent just over a half million in legal fees defending its right to operate its own water system from the state.

Meet the Firebird, a quirky statue that’s become a major landmark for the five years its been in Uptown Charlotte.

This historic Monroe home may be demolished, if its owners can’t come up with a plan for it soon.

More stores are offering parking for mothers, veterans and others.

Durham police are stepping up traffic law enforcement after several cyclist deaths.

The impact of the Raleigh parks bond, if it passes on Tuesday.

And finally, former mayor and native son of Raleigh, Smedes York, is releasing a book of reflections.

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