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Where to watch the debate with friends, foes and others tonight

fayobserver.com — You don't have to stay home if you want to be part of the likely record-setting audience that will watch the presidential debate tonight. Here are several places where people will gather to see Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump go at each other: Hoke County Republicans plan to watch the debate at their brand new party headquarters at 2950 Lindsay Road in the Rockfish area of Hoke County.

Monday Moment: Hobbyist gamers gird for tabletop combat

fayobserver.com — The gamers and model builders start arriving at tje HobbyTown shop shortly after 5 p.m. They tote in storage cases filled with dice and plastic figurines. They carry thick books whose pages outline the hundreds of rules and extensive back stories of their story-telling games.

Executions won't resume in North Carolina any time soon

fayobserver.com — Dixie Lowry Davis, whose husband was shot to death on Interstate 95 in 1997, has no expectation that Tilmon Golphin will be executed for the murder. "No, I don't. I really don't," Davis said on Wednesday.

Fayetteville police release video of 2013 shooting involving officer

fayobserver.com — The Fayetteville Police Department published a video Friday afternoon of a shooting involving an officer in 2013 in which Lawrence Graham III of Fayetteville was paralyzed. Normally such videos are kept away from the public in North Carolina. Police Chief Harold Medlock said U.S.

Heated debate ends with Cumberland County using Sundays in early voting; 10 locations include Kiwanis, E.E. Miller

fayobserver.com — RALEIGH - Cumberland County voters this fall will be allowed to early vote on Sundays and at 10 locations, the North Carolina Board of Elections decided Thursday night. The board voted 4-1 to retain Sunday voting despite the heated objections of Kevin Hight, a Republican on the Cumberland County elections board.

Senate bill would give Lumbees full recognition and millions of dollars

fayobserver.com — The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is trying again to persuade Congress to give its people millions of dollars in federal benefits that other American Indian tribes receive. Similar efforts have failed for decades, in part because of opposition from other tribes that fear their benefits would be reduced in order to provide for the Lumbees.

A year after fire, rebuilt Paddy's Pub reopens Wednesday

fayobserver.com — At 11:48 a.m. today, Paddy Gibney got good news: A Fayetteville building inspector moments before approved his rebuilt Paddy's Irish Public House. "We're in business, boys and girls! Yea-hay!" Gibney called out to a half-dozen employees scattered throughout his popular Fayetteville bar and live music venue.

Court of Appeals: Prison nurse wrongly fired for death of inmate

fayobserver.com — A state prison nurse was wrongly fired in connection with the dehydration death of a mentally ill inmate, the state Court of Appeals said on Tuesday. The nurse, Jacqueline Clark, was fired in April 2014 following the March 2014 death of Michael Anthony Kerr.

Advocacy group: Black voters favor charter schools, tax-paid private school scholarships

fayobserver.com — Most black voters favor public charter schools and taxpayer-paid scholarships for private schools, says a survey released Wednesday by an advocacy group that supports these programs. 56 percent of African-American voters favor public charter schools, while 24 percent oppose them. 59 percent of these voters want to expands North Carolina's Opportunity Scholarship Program, and 23 percent do not.

Judge Toni King won't let cancer keep her off the bench

fayobserver.com — Cumberland County District Court Judge Toni King has been off the bench for much of the year to deal with an aggressive cancer. "It's been pretty challenging," King said last week. She works as much as she can, but often is out for treatment at the Duke Cancer Center and recuperation at home.
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Sep 29, 2016

Red Cross says a mom & dad with a baby checked in at shelter a bit after 1, then left to buy stuff for the baby. https://t.co/MZs4ck13Sh

Sep 29, 2016

Red Cross has cots ready for flood victims. Shelter is at Smith Rec Center on Slater Ave. https://t.co/U8s4480VMi

Sep 29, 2016

Video: Fayetteville spokesman Nathan Walls has update on flooding situation: https://t.co/a3mIeDM8oh

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