Two LabCorp technicians use pipettes to transfer patients' samples to plates so they can be tested for the coronavirus.
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What It's Like Inside LabCorp's North Carolina Coronavirus Testing Lab

Three women wearing white lab coats, masks, face shields and gloves stood around a table on a recent afternoon at LabCorp's Burlington headquarters, using box cutters to open packages. Inside each package was a box containing a plastic sample tube. These are the company’s at-home coronavirus test kits. They’re among the tens of thousands of coronavirus test swabs from across the U.S. that the North Carolina lab location receives daily.

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The Trump administration has said a recent executive order banning offshore drilling that included North Carolina has no legal effect on current applications to survey for offshore oil and gas.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Police in South Carolina spotted a truck surrounded by protesters over the weekend and discovered two men inside with loaded handguns, a rifle, a wooden club, knives and a stun gun, among other weapons.

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Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

Tuesday's first debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is anticipated to be one of the most-watched of all time. But with five weeks to go before Election Day, and absentee voting already underway in North Carolina and elsewhere, will the debates affect the race?

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RALEIGH — President Donald Trump's campaign committee and the Republican National Committee sued Saturday to block North Carolina election officials from enforcing rule changes that could boost the number of ballots counted in the presidential battleground state.

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will debate each other for the first time Tuesday evening, in the first of three presidential debates.

Here are the details:

When? Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET. (You can listen to the debate on NPR, and we'll have a livestream video online.)

Laurel Street and Little Rock AME Zion Church plan to build these apartments with a mix of rent levels on church property at 7th and Alexander streets in uptown Charlotte.
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Charlotte voters are being asked to approve another $50 million in bonds for affordable housing this fall. Those public investments have gotten most of the attention as the city tackles the affordable housing crisis. But Charlotte’s private sector is spending millions of dollars alongside the city to try and reduce the region’s affordable housing shortage.

If you live in North Carolina, and you have not received a flyer, email, text message or robocall about the November election, congratulations – you’re officially entered in the Witness Protection Program.

Updated at 8:40 p.m. ET

A New York Times investigation published on Sunday said that President Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes each year in 2016 and 2017, which the president denied at a news conference using a familiar retort: "fake news."

The Times cites Trump's long-sought-after tax returns, further reporting that he paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years as Trump reported massive losses to his businesses.

Editor's note: NPR will be continuing this conversation about Being Black in America online and on air.

Bruce Tomlin, a 63-year-old truck driver from New Mexico, said he was never really a "gun person." Then he saw a video of three white men following and fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery while he was jogging.

The number of new daily coronavirus infections in the U.S. continued to rise this past week, driven by upward trends in nearly half the states that have pushed total cases in the country past 7 million. At the same time, a recent study suggests the vast majority of Americans haven't been exposed, far below what's required to quell the virus's spread through "herd immunity."

Daily cases were largely on a downward trend through August and early September from highs in July, but are now going up again.


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