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The race for governor in North Carolina is nail-bitingly close.  Republican Governor Pat McCrory has been bogged down for the last six months defending House Bill 2, the state's controversial "bathroom bill."  His opponent, Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper wants it repealed.  That position is supported by gay rights groups and they're making it known.  Two leaders of the LGBT movement were in Asheville stumping for Cooper on Thursday and Friday.

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First lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigned together for the first time in Winston-Salem Thursday.  The crowd at the Joel Coliseum was estimated to be around 10,500 people.  All Things Considered host Robert Siegel spoke with Asma Khalid about the event.  

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Two polls released this week on the election in North Carolina showed very different results.  The Monmouth University poll released Monday showed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart Donald Trump in a virtual tie in the hotly contested battleground state of North Carolina.

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Bill Clinton has been tasked with driving up Democratic turnout for Hillary Clinton's campaign. On Wednesday, he was in North Carolina to campaign at a historically black college.

On the next Friday @2, our guests will be members of the Opal String Quartet. This program was recorded in front of a live audience in our studios, and will include works by Prokofiev and Bloch, as well as some samples of the Opal’s work with local artists whose work is outside of the traditional string quartet repertoire, Silas Durocher’s Lovestruck Suckers and Free Planet Radio.

That’s the Opal String Quartet on the next Friday @2… please join us.

Effective November 18 WCQS will switch its current Haywood County translator frequency from 95.3 FM to 102.9 FM.

The switch is being made due to FCC regulations. The transfer to 102.9 FM allows WCQS to continue uninterrupted service to  listeners who rely on 95.3 FM in parts of Haywood and Swain counties, or listeners traveling the I-40 corridor in that region. Listeners in Waynesville and Clyde at 89.7 FM will still receive WCQS at that frequency.

Democrat Hillary Clinton is safely ahead of Republican Donald Trump in North Carolina according to a poll released Tuesday by the New York Times and Siena University.  The results run counter to a poll released Monday by Monmouth University, which showed the race neck and neck.  Both polls were conducted between Oct 20th and the 23rd.

The crowd at this year’s Mountain Moral Monday may have been smaller than in recent years.  But it was no less enthusiastic.

In between the music and poetry readings was the main attraction – a keynote speech from Reverend Dr. William J Barber II, president of North Carolina’s NAACP.  While he touched on many topics in his more than half hour address, Barber’s call to action, repeated several times, was just four words long.

“We better vote.  Now.”

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Donald Trump campaigned in North Carolina Friday, a state where Hillary Clinton leads but one Trump badly needs in order to win the election.  NPR's Sarah McCammon reported for All Things Considered.

The Asheville Symphony performs its Masterworks 2 concert Saturday night, a Halloween-themed program "In The Key of eeeeeee!" Saint-Saens' Dance Macabre, Florent Schmitt's Tragedy of Salome and Johannes Brahms' "Double Concerto" are featured. Dick Kowal spoke with conductor Daniel Meyer, and soloists Jason Posnock, violin, and Alistair MacRae, cello.

North Carolina's 11th Congressional District encompasses most of western North Carolina.  Republican Mark Meadows has represented it since 2013.  He is seeking a third term and faces Democratic challenger Rick Bryson, a Bryson City alderman who narrowly captured the party's primary this year.  They debated at Western Carolina University last month.  It was moderated by WLOS News 13's Frank Fraboni.

The work of the center will be facilitated throughout WCU's College of Business. WCU is set to invest approximately $1.3 million of its own money for the center, the source of which comes from three faculty positions already funded.
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Members of Western Carolina University’s faculty senate are remaining “cautiously optimistic” about the acceptance of a nearly two million dollar “gift” from the Charles Koch Foundation--to establish a controversial new center for learning.

After making concessions to the school for more oversight of the center prior to its creation, Western faculty will now be able to monitor for any inappropriate donor influence over the school—something no college has achieved before, according to Ralph Wilson, senior researcher of corporate watchdog group UnKoch My Campus.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, live annotated the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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Early voting starts today in North Carolina.  Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine will try to rally supporters to the polls in Durham and Charlotte today.  Last night he was in Asheville.



North Carolina U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R) wasn't supposed to have much trouble in being elected to a third term in D.C.  But for a myriad of reasons, his race against former state representative and North Carolina ACLU Director Deborah Ross (D) is tight as early voting in the state gets underway.  The stakes are high - the winner could end up deciding which party holds the majority in the U.S. Senate.  Republicans currently do, after seizing it from Democrats following the 2014 elections.  Burr and Ross held their lone debate last week at the UNC-TV studios.