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Triad City Beat Voter Guide

Every single state legislative race is contested this year, with only four Democratic pickups needed across the state to break the Republican supermajority in the House. Do you care about Medicaid expansion, charter schools, teacher raises and Confederate monuments? They pretty much all hinge on which party controls the state legislature. Other contentious issues like voter ID will be directly decided by voters across the state in the form of referenda.

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Three-judge panel scraps elections board but keeps it in place through current election

A three-judge Superior Court panel has found the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is unconstitutional because it violates the governor’s duty to faithfully execute laws, and approved an injunction nullifying it. However, with the Nov. 6 general election just three weeks away, the court let the elections board continue operating until the election results are certified.

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Municipal sewage overflows from Florence dwarfed hog waste discharges

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality issued preliminary estimates Wednesday, Oct. 10, showing municipal sanitary sewer systems disgorged 26.7 million gallons of residential sewage, and industrial and commercial wastewater during the hurricane. Another 38.2 million gallons of untreated or partially treated wastewater gushed from overwhelmed municipal wastewater treatment plants.

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N.C. Supreme Court race taking a liberal turn

N.C. Democrats have traditionally used courts as political chess pieces, but Republicans are trying — mistakenly — to turn the game in their favor by making institutional changes to boost party power, experts say. Those changes could backfire, as shown by the political maneuvering in the state’s Supreme Court race, said Gregory Wallace, a constitutional law professor at Campbell University Law School. A new poll from Spectrum News shows incumbent Associate Justice Barbara Jackson, a Republican, falling behind Democratic challenger Anita Earls.

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Police arrest two in connection with shooting that resulted in death of newborn infant

At approximately 1:30am on September 13, 2018, Greensboro Police responded to 3117 Henry Street on a reported shooting. Upon arrival officers located a female victim who had sustained a single gunshot wound. Police originally investigated this incident as a homicide for the murder of an unborn child under North Carolina G.S. 14-23.2 and an assault against the female victim. Through investigation and autopsy, it was determined the infant was born and later succumbed to its injuries sustained from this incident.

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Greensboro’s response to polluted water supply could be financial drain on the city

The city water department is embarking on a long, costly effort to counteract pollution from firefighting foams that apparently have accumulated over the years in part of the city’s watershed. The first act played out last week, when officials at the Mitchell Water Plant christened a new treatment device that the city is renting for $9,000 a month and that costs about $1,000 per day to run.

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