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October 17, 2016

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2016 Elections

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: HPU Poll: Clinton, Burr and Cooper keep their leads in NC races

Election Day is less than a month away, and Hillary Clinton, Richard Burr and Roy Cooper continue to lead their respective races in North Carolina, according to a new poll released Monday.

BURLINGTON TIMES NEWS: NC Supreme Court race could shift partisan balance

The philosophical and political balance of North Carolina’s Supreme Court could shift as voters this fall choose to keep a longtime justice or replace him with a veteran Wake County trial judge.

SALISBURY POST: Five seats up for election on NC Court of Appeals

In addition to one seat on the state Supreme Court, North Carolina voters next month get to choose who will hold five seats on the state Court of Appeals.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: McCrory, Cooper blast each other on LGBT law in debate

North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic challenger Roy Cooper blamed each other at every turn Tuesday in their gubernatorial debate, in particular regarding a state law McCrory signed limiting nondiscrimination rules for LGBT people that has received national criticism.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Senate could be Republicans’ insurance policy

Privately, many Republicans worry about a bad year in North Carolina.

Health Care

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Blue Cross premiums rising 24-percent

Most consumers buying health insurance on the North Carolina version of the federal exchange will face a 24.3 percent increase in monthly premiums in 2017, Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C. confirmed Friday.

In the Courts

WITN-NEWS: Judge refuses to require more early voting in NC

A judge has refused to order North Carolina officials to expand early in-person voting in five counties after some voters alleged the counties’ voting schedules didn’t comply with a court’s ruling last summer over ballot access.

OCRACOKE OBSERVER: Voter registration deadline extended to Wednesday

A North Carolina judge late Friday afternoon ordered the state voter registration deadline extended in 36 counties reeling from Hurricane Matthew and resultant flooding.

Justice & Public Safety

WCCB-CHARLOTTE: Charlotte Council takes action after protests, riots

The Charlotte City Council on Monday unanimously voted to endorse an outside review of police department policies, bump up affordable housing goals and spend $1 million on new workforce development initiatives, following protests last month that rocked the city after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police shot and killed a black man.

State & Local Government

WXII-12 NEWS: GOP leaders, McCrory say no special session needed on Matthew now

Republican legislative leaders agreed Wednesday with Gov. Pat McCrory that there’s no need for the North Carolina General Assembly to reconvene now to address Hurricane Matthew’s destruction, potentially by tapping into the state’s savings reserves.

NEWS & OBSERVER: North Carolina GOP office burned, graffiti sprayed nearby

A local Republican Party office in North Carolina was torched by a flammable device and someone spray-painted an anti-GOP slogan referring to “Nazi Republicans” on a nearby wall, authorities said Sunday.