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Election Going Smoothly in North Carolina
12:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2008

Election Going Smoothly in North Carolina

Election watchdogs say North Carolina voters are experiencing very few problems at the polls today. Bob Phillips of Common Cause North Carolina says lines are common everywhere, and wet weather damaged some ballots in the Raleigh area. But he says the 40-percent of voters who cast an early ballot seem to have made things easier today.

"That's not to say that we will completely go through this period without any problems," says Phillips. "But I do credit the elections officials from the state down to the county level for us having, so far, a good voting experience."

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NC Voters Excited, Relieved
12:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2008

NC Voters Excited, Relieved

There's a mix of excitement and relief among voters in North Carolina. They say they're weary of the long, rancorous campaign season and ready for attack ads to leave the airwaves.

At the same time, many say they have been eager to vote because this is an historic election.

"Because it can be either a woman in office, or either an African American," says Terrence Jackson. "I voted for Obama. I'm making history."

Jackson waited in line at his Charlotte polling place for about 30 minutes to vote.

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Battleground Status Brings NC Voters Out
12:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2008

Battleground Status Brings NC Voters Out

North Carolina is one of a handful of so-called battleground states the nation is watching closely today.

Not since before 1976, has the state has chosen a Democrat for President. But polls show Barack Obama with strong support from North Carolina.

"I think it's kind of exciting that North Carolina, our vote really counts," says voter Marge Godfrey. Sometimes you feel like it doesn't, but it does. So vote!"

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Election Day History
12:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2008

Election Day History

Election Day History
We wrap up a long election season today with a lighter look at election day history. This important day in our nation's history is rife with controversy, surprises, and some amazing stories. We'll look at the history of voting, the evolution of the ballot and why election day is on a Tuesday in November.
Guests
Kate Kelley - Author, Election Day: An American History
David Goldfield - Professor of History at UNC Charlotte

Check out Charlotte Blogs for an Election Day History Quiz

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Ready for the Big Day
12:00 pm
Mon November 3, 2008

Ready for the Big Day

There are so many people voting this year that the guy in charge of elections in Mecklenburg County is voting by absentee ballot.

"I can't stand in line for an hour and a half," says Michael Dickerson, Mecklenburg County Director of Elections. "I would have 50, 60 phone calls."

Good luck even getting through on the phone to Dickerson right now. Or having an uninterrupted conversation.

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Pre-Election Day Show
12:00 pm
Mon November 3, 2008

Pre-Election Day Show

Pre-Election Day Show
We'll take a last look at what voters will see on the ballot in this year's election. In addition to the Presidential race and the NC Gubernatorial race, we'll cover the NC US Senate race, our local Congressional races and the Mecklenburg County Bonds.

GuestsDr. Eric Heberlig - Assoc. Professor, Political Science, UNC Charlotte
Bob Kravchuk - Chair of Political Science Dept., UNC Charlotte
Dr. Michael Bitzer - Political Science Professor, Catawba College
Lisa Miller - Reporter, WFAE News

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Young Charlotte-area Shoe Ambassadors in South
12:00 pm
Mon November 3, 2008

Young Charlotte-area Shoe Ambassadors in South Africa

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The Samaritan's Feet warehouse near uptown Charlotte is buzzing with young students and other volunteers.

They're busy packing 2,500 brand new pairs of Vans, Converse, FILA and other sneakers. The group is taking them to needy children in Cape Town, South Africa. The shoes are laced together and a pair of socks is slipped in.

Eighth-grader Neah Hubbard has just filled a canvas sack with shoes ready to go. She's eager for the two-week visit.

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Kids Don't Get It: Old-School Costumes Rule!
1:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2008

Kids Don't Get It: Old-School Costumes Rule!

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My mom says you always knew when it was Halloween because she'd be at the grocery store getting cardboard boxes. We made our costumes.

I remember one Halloween I was a box of Tide. My sister was an envelope and my other sister was a mailbox. Three sisters stuffed inside three giant boxes - a boxed set. The only place we could all stand together was in our carport. And Trick or Treating we had to waddle up to the door one at a time, while the other two stood at the bottom of the steps, ready to break the fall.

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Halloween Business is Booming
1:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2008

Halloween Business is Booming

Like most Americans, Candace Rogers is sticking to a budget. But not when it comes to Halloween. She and her friends plan to spend twice as much as usual.

"We're gonna get two costumes because we have two parties to go to," says Rogers, scanning a wall of skimpy outfits at a costume store. "I'm looking for probably like a pirate costume, and a nurse costume."

That sexy pirate costume runs about 80 bucks. It pays to be in the Halloween business right now.

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Scaring Up Bigfoot for Halloween
1:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2008

Scaring Up Bigfoot for Halloween

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If you bought your Halloween disguise online or from a seasonal shop, chances are very good it came from the Morris Costumes warehouse in Charlotte. It is a top wholesaler in the costume business with legendary roots.

You can see why from old TV clips like this. . . "it looks like a man in a suit, but so would the Bigfoot of legend. . . "

Philip Morris, the founder of Morris Costumes, remembers seeing that clip for the first time.

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