Weekly Wrap: Air wars escalate as election nears

Posted September 30

— Political ads are becoming more prevalent as Election Day approaches, with presidential, U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates and allied outside groups putting more spots – usually negative about opponents – on television.

Meanwhile, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was the only candidate to make a North Carolina stop this week, although Republican rival Donald Trump is expected to hold a rally in the state next week. First lady Michelle Obama also will campaign for Clinton in Raleigh and Charlotte.

Gun rights group Grassroots North Carolina turned some heads this week by raffling off an AR-15, ammunition and a picture of Clinton, which some deemed a potential threat to her, an allegation the group denies.

On Saturday, a state law takes effect that will require a court order to release publicly police body camera and dashboard camera video, and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger urged Charlotte authorities to release all video in the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott before the law takes effect, saying it's needed to restore the community's trust in policing in Charlotte.


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