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The Morning Roundup: In Need of a New AR-15? Grass Roots North Carolina Can Help

Posted by on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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Y'all, it's almost October, which means you can basically start getting your pumpkins ready for carving and all of your Halloween decorations out. But before then, uh, we've got some news to rundown for you. 

1) In the market for a new AR-15, 1,000 rounds of ammo, and a Hillary Clinton portrait? Grass Roots North Carolina has a raffle just for you! 

OK, we'll give you a second to unpack that. But yes, GRNC has a raffle going on right now where the winner will receive an AR-15, ammo, and a Hillary Clinton portrait. 

As reported by WRAL
'Of course, we won’t tell you what to do with the photo, but when we ran a picture of Hillary on the front of our newsletter, we heard it was very popular at the range,' Grass Roots North Carolina's web page publicizing the raffle reads. The post predicts there will be 'panic buying' if Clinton is elected, meaning 'there won’t be a gun (or ammunition) available for love nor money' if the Democrat wins. 
And in the raffle post, GRNC continues, "when we ran a picture of Hillary on the front of our newsletter, we heard it was very popular at the range" [its emphasis on "very," not ours].  

Not quite sure if this was well thought out or not, but I'm sure they'll sell plenty of tickets, purely based off of the fact that when Obama was elected there was a surge in gun buying, because people thought Obama was going to take away all the guns. (SPOILER ALERT: He didn't.)

2) Two North Carolina State University students apologized to the campus after posting racially-charged posts on social media, prompting response from the chancellor. 

Chancellor Randy Woodson released a video yesterday after screenshots of comments posted on a student-focused Facebook group. Here's the details from WNCN

A few students saw screen grabs of the comments posted on the Wolfpack Student’s Facebook page.

The comments included derogatory things about women, African-Americans and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Woodson released a video Wednesday afternoon in response.

A university spokesman says he did that in part because of how egregious and bigoted the comments were and also the impact recent events in Charlotte have had on students here.

The chancellor said the comments don’t reflect N.C. State’s values.

3) North Carolina Central University eyes land for its new business school building on Lawson Street and N.C. 55. 

From The Herald-Sun

Trustees approved the site selection Wednesday, in a unanimous vote supporting a recommendation from their finance committee and campus administrators.

Officials decided on the N.C. 55/Lawson Street site because it will “cost less to develop and have better access” than the alternative, land the university owns on the other side of campus next to the BRITE Center,” trustee Michael Johnson said. 

Funds for the school were included in the $2 billion Connect N.C. bond. A total of $30 million was given to the project in the bond package. 

4) More people are being vocal about traffic in Raleigh and their houses being hit by drunk drivers. 

Residents in North Hills have had it with traffic congestion and are asking for the city's help. The road in question is Hardimont Road. Longtime residents have seen a drastic change in the traffic over the past two years, including one resident having her house hit by drunk drivers. 

From WRAL

'This road is unbelievable. Sometimes I feel like I'm taking my life in my hands,' said Diane Young, who lives in North Hills. Young and other neighbors are in favor of the development, but say they feel shafted by the city. They say the city has not invested in traffic calming measures quickly enough to keep them safe.

'My house has twice been hit by a drunk driver,' said Matt Marriott. 'It's something I live with every day and I'm concerned about it because the next headline may be fatality instead of just property damage.'

Mariott, Young and 91 other neighbors signed a petition asking the city to install traffic calming measures along Hardimont Road. They are now hoping, with the help of John Kane of Kane Reality, to make some traction. 

The city council will have the final say over any fix. 

5) During a news special Chapel Hill police release possible suspect in the 2012 murder of Faith Hedgepeth. 

Using new technology and DNA evidence from the scene authorities were able to create a composite of who might have been involved in the murder. Check out the person of interest here on WTVD

That's it for now. Keep on trucking. 

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