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Photo: Early voting starts today across North Carolina. Photo courtesy: S. Carson

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – It's a sprint and not a marathon for North Carolina voters this election season. Early voting starts today and runs until Nov. 1 – seven days shorter than in previous years. Boards of Elections are ready for the high turnout expected – as voters try to make su...Read More

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PHOTO: Television viewers may find public TV stations serving diverse communities in their markets disappearing in a $45 billion gold rush by wireless providers bidding in a government auction of broadcasting spectrum. Photo credit: M. Scheerer.

CHARLOTTE, N. C. – As the song goes, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Will wireless kill some free public TV? That's the latest media question. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is holding an auction in which wireless companies – such as Verizon and AT&T – will bid on part...Read More

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PHOTO: In addition to checking the batteries in your smoke detectors, the American Red Cross recommends going over your home escape plan in the event of a fire. Photo credit: S. Carson.

RALEIGH, N.C. – More than 2,300 people died and nearly 13,000 were injured in home fires across the nation in 2012, according to the National Fire Protection Association. This month the American Red Cross is kicking off a national campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from house fires by as ...Read More

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PHOTO: Supporters of the Clean Water Act say the state's economy is dependent on the health of North Carolina's streams and wetlands. Photo courtesy: NC Wildlife Commission

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - This Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Before the legislation was put in place, only one-third of the country's waters were deemed safe for fishing and swimming. Now, that number has doubled, and Tim Gestwicki, CEO of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation...Read More

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PHOTO: These goats (and a canine friend) are taking a break on a big job. Wells Farm rents them out to help eradicate invasive kudzu on protected lands. Photo courtesy of Pacolet Area Conservancy.

TRYON, N.C. - Goats are known for their insatiable appetite and love of climbing, which makes them the perfect candidates for the job of cleaning up kudzu in North Carolina. Land trusts are using goats to clean up land that's been overtaken by the invasive plant on several conservation properties. ...Read More

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GRAPHIC: This Halloween, teal pumpkins will indicate houses that are handing out allergy-safe, non-food items in an effort to include more children in the fall festivities. Graphic credit: Food Allergy Research and Education.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A bag of Halloween candy isn't all treats for the one in 13 U.S. kids who suffers from food allergies, which is why one group is working to make this year's holiday a little less tricky. Angela Fuller, founder of Food Allergy Families of the Triad, organized her group after he...Read More

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PHOTO: The Humane Society of the United States is calling for greater protections for livestock on farms, in North Carolina and the rest of the country. The group says this year, more than 400,000 animals have died in fires on large, industrial farms. Photo courtesy of HSUS.

EAGLE SPRINGS, N.C. – After more than 4,000 piglets died this month in a fire at a Moore County pig farm, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is calling on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and meat industry groups to implement rules to prevent future incidents. The ...Read More

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PHOTO: On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed an appeals court order that restored same-day registration and reinstated out-of-precinct provisional voting in North Carolina in time for the midterm election. Photo courtesy: U.S. Supreme Court/Wikimedia Commons

RALEIGH, N.C. - Today is the deadline to register to vote in North Carolina, in order to vote in the November midterm. Late Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed an appeals court order that restored same-day registration and reinstated out-of-precinct provisional voting. That means voters must r...Read More

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