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North Carolina election results, explained

A big win for Republicans in North Carolina – Governor Mitt Romney narrowly defeated President Barack Obama to win the battleground state.  And for the first time in 20 years, a Republican will be Governor of North Carolina.  Pat McCrory beat Democrat Walter Dalton.  This was McCory’s second run.  He was defeated by Beverly Perdue in 2008.  In McCrory’s acceptance speech, he pledged to bring the state together. 

The Lieutenant Governor’s race will be one to watch in the coming days.  Republican Dan Forest declared victory in the race against Democrat Linda Coleman.  However, only about 11,200 votes separate the two.  So, Coleman has not conceded the race and could be preparing for a recount. 

In the U.S. House of Representatives, the two incumbents in Northeastern North Carolina kept their seats.  Democrat G.K. Butterfield, Jr. was re-elected to the First District.  Republican Walter Jones retains his Third District seat. 

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Same-sex marriage wins first-ever ballot box approval

By Ben Brumfield

(CNN) — For the first time, same-sex marriage has been approved by a popular vote in the United States.

Voters in Maryland and Maine passed referendums by narrow margins cementing the right for people to marry, regardless of gender.

The words man and woman “relating to the marital relationship or familial relationships must be construed to be gender-neutral for all purposes,” Maine’s act says. “Civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license,” reads Maryland’s.

Results of a vote on the same issue was still pending in Washington, as was a measure that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

“History was made tonight,” said Paul Guequierre, spokesman for Human Rights Campaign, which fought for the ballot box victories for same-sex couples.

Weekend departures for Swan Quarter-Ocracoke Route

MANNS HARBOR — The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will continue to offer extra departures from each side on its Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route this weekend, Nov. 9 through Nov. 11, to accommodate traffic demand. The extra weekend runs will continue until NC 12 reopens north of Rodanthe and the emergency ferry route is deactivated.

The additional departures for weekends (Friday-Sunday) include:


  • Departing Swan Quarter at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and
  • Departing Ocracoke at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 
  • As a reminder, the regular fall schedule on the Pamlico Sound for Monday through Thursday is:


7 health risks in the wake of Superstorm Sandy

7 health risks in the wake of Superstorm Sandy

By Trisha Henry

(CNN) — In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, cold weather could put people returning to their homes at risk. Here is a bit about some of the health risks victims of the storm may face.

1. Carbon monoxide exposure

Dr. Howard Mell, spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians, lists carbon monoxide exposure as the No. 1 risk for people returning to their homes. If they lack power, and the weather is cold, they should stay somewhere else before risking a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning by using appliances such as generators or stoves indoors to heat their homes.

“A lot of these injuries come about because some of these people are in such a rush to get back into their homes,” says Mell.

2. Infections and injuries from floodwaters

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Gas prices see sharpest dip since 2008

By Matt Smith

(CNN) — An ongoing skid in crude oil markets and the impact of Superstorm Sandy helped drive U.S. gasoline prices down nearly 21 cents a gallon in late October, the latest Lundberg Survey found.

The national average price of regular gas fell to $3.55 a gallon between October 19 and November 2, survey publisher Trilby Lundberg said.

“It’s the biggest price decline in our surveys since early December 2008, when the recession hit in full force,” Lundberg said.

The price at the pump remains about 12 cents higher than a year ago after a volatile year that’s seen steep peaks and deep declines.

Crude oil prices, which make up the largest element of the price of motor fuel, are on the downswing, and demand has fallen since the end of the summer vacation season, Lundberg said.

Ground Breaking Ceremony at Chowan University on Two New Facilities

Ground Breaking Ceremony at Chowan University on Two New Facilities

The public is invited to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Chowan University's two new ambitious projects. The ceremony will take place Thursday, November 8th at 11:00 a.m. on Union Street across from White's Crossing.

The new Rose Tennis Complex will be named in honor of Frank, Jeff, Larry, and Tim Rose of Rose Brothers Paving Company of Ahoskie. Frank Rose is a long-term Trustee and current Chairman of the Board at Chowan University.
The new Hassell Maintenance Facility will honor the memory of Jack Hassell, who served as Director of Maintenance at Chowan for 35 years.

"Needless to say, the Chowan University campus is beaming with excitement as we anticipate a future filled with promise and prosperity," stated Chowan President Dr. Chris White. "This ceremonial step in the construction of these two facilities represents the unprecedented growth in recent years and the unparalleled support of all our campus programs."

National Geographic Channel to broadcast movie about bin Laden raid before Election Day

Just two days until SEAL Team Six hits the small screen.

The National Geographic Channel is broadcasting SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden two days before the election.

The movie may end up being one of the last political controversies before voters go to the ballot box.