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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for October 21, 2014

Happy Tuesday! So there’s an election starting in 48 hours. For all of our people who are registered and ready to vote, you can vote as soon as Thursday. If you need help, click here or on the photo below, for your friendly neighborhood North Carolina Placebook voter guide.

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Share widely and take heed. You can make your voice known by just one simple act. Unfortunately, if you aren’t already registered, then you can’t vote this time. However as we in say in the guide, go ahead and register for the next time. And no matter where you live or what your registration status is, you can read and share today’s news below:

News Across North Carolina for October 21

So the long abandoned Gate City Motors building and the not so long abandoned 310 BBQ/Grass-Fed burger buildings in downtown Greensboro will be new things soon.

Even though the Triad area just lost one home for disabled folks to live independently, this new one has just opened.

The Raleigh modernist house now has some better landscaping, thanks to its neighbors.

More people in North Carolina are unaffiliated voters, over a 1 million to be almost exact.

The state has sued to block having an early voting site at Appalachian State University.

Research has now arrived out of Duke University showing that one can tell when fracking has occurred in and around a water supply.

There’s no support for a skateboard ban in Winston-Salem’s downtown Piedmont Triad Research Park.

The state-commissioned Academic Standards Review Commission has started work revising the Common Core and other pieces of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

Honda Aircraft has began a $19 million expansion of their headquarters at the PTI airport.

More on the local impact of the soon to be demolished Asheville roundhouse.

The Asheville police chief has released a statement addressing recent issues in their department, with the backing of the city council.

The Sierra Nevada brewery has opened an Asheville tasting room.

Mecklenburg County will decentralize its social services.

The N.C. Values Commission supports any magistrates or registrars of deeds who do not want to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

The Mecklenburg County Commissioners will vote soon on a county facilities smoking ban that’s somewhat reduced from the original proposal.

Tomorrow brings the report on academic fraud commissioned after several issues surfaced at UNC-Chapel Hill over the past year.

Several Charlotte city council members hope to find out how the CMPD and other organizations statewide began tracking cellphone data of not just suspected criminals, but of innocent citizens.

Brunswick County has named a new parks and recreation director. It also has decided to table a funding request for Oak Island.

Every town has its regulars at its council meetings. Meet this guy, the regular at the Carolina Beach council meetings.

Recent council resolutions and votes in Columbus County, Robeson County, the Town of Hope Mills, Harrnett County and Cumberland County.

NC insurance companies are seeking permission to raise rates.

The City of Raleigh made a promotional video for the upcoming parks referendum on the ballot for Raleigh residents. However, after being questioned by the press on whether the video seemed too biased for a taxpayer funded video, it was taken down.

These folks will receive the state’s highest honor next month.

Durham’s next police headquarters site has been purchased and approved.

More commentary on the changes coming to Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street.

And finally, emails have surfaced that deal with the controversy around the new poet laureate.

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