Wednesday News: Two more days


NC'S VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY BY 5:00: Residents of most North Carolina counties who want to register in person or by mail have until the close of business on Friday to submit their applications. As long as a mail-in registration is postmarked by that date, the county elections office will process it for November’s election. If it’s later than that, it won’t be processed in time. Voters who want to use same-day registration can do so at any one-stop early voting site within their county of residence from Oct. 17 through Nov. 3. To use same-day registration, you’ll need to fill out a voter registration form, which includes a legal attestation that you’re eligible to vote, and you’ll need to show proof of residency showing your name and address, which can be a government- or college-issued ID or a utility or bank statement.

MICKEY MICHAUX PLANS THINK TANK DEDICATED TO EQUALITY ISSUES: “I’m not going to take my hands out [of politics] completely. There are several things I know Martin [Luther King Jr.] would have liked to accomplish — that last rung on the ladder, I would like to keep pushing. In 1964, we got the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act in ’65 ... The one leg left is equality,” Michaux said in a phone interview Tuesday. The foundation would be a think tank “where we could bring all minds together to work on that last leg of the stool, equality,” Michaux said. He said he and June Michaux will start working on fundraising and “getting folks involved on a national level.” “You can legislate certain things, and the other things you can’t legislate,” Michaux said. “You have to have a change of mind, a change of heart, and you can’t legislate that.” He said the think tank would work to “influence people to understand that we are all equal, a basic equality among us.” He said he talks to the leaders he named about things like that already, and will get back in touch with them when he formalizes his new plan.

GOVERNOR COOPER TO PRESENT FLORENCE RECOVERY PACKAGE TODAY: Cooper planned to unveil Wednesday the financial aid package he's asking the Republican-controlled legislature to approve when it reconvenes early next week. Legislators unanimously passed last week two Florence-related bills that provided $50 million in matching funds for federal disaster assistance and eased voter registration and school calendar rules in affected areas. Congress also approved an initial disaster aid bill last week that earmarks $1 billion for North Carolina. Cooper will discuss his funding request while he updates the public about approaching Hurricane Michael and the storm's potential flooding and power outages.

AND THEN THERE WAS HURRICANE MICHAEL: Thousands of homes in North and South Carolina were damaged when the September hurricane smashed trees into rooftops and pushed floodwater into living rooms. Both states are still tallying damage, and homeowners are just starting to tear out moldy carpets, toss ruined furniture and negotiate with insurance adjusters. They fear delays or further damage from the new storm, which is expected to start lashing the Carolinas on Wednesday as it moves inland. While the Carolinas won’t get a direct hit from Michael, even a weakening storm is expected to bring strong winds and inches of rain. “It absolutely is a concern for me, as my house is still tarped,” said Shane Fernando, 38, who lives near downtown Wilmington where trees toppled by Florence blocked roads and fell into houses — including his. “Of course that makes me anxious.” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that Michael is expected to bring tropical-force winds and 2-5 inches (5-12.7 centimeters) of rain across much of the state. While the storm wasn’t expected to cause major river flooding like Florence, he urged people to stay vigilant.

UN AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY SAYS SHE IS RESIGNING AT THE END OF THE YEAR: Haley, who is 46 and not personally wealthy, hinted in her resignation letter to Trump that she is headed to the private sector. She has one child in college and another approaching college age, and she has the potential to make much more money in the business world. Trump said Haley first discussed leaving with him six months ago. The senior official noted that their conversation coincided with the appointments of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state and John Bolton as national security adviser in an earlier upending of top foreign policy officials. Haley had expressed some frustration that her voice had been diminished as the two men became the aggressive new faces of Trump's international policy, the official said. More recently, there was the awkward moment at the U.N., when Trump's boasting of American economic strength under his leadership brought laughter at a General Assembly session. He insisted later that the delegates were laughing with him, not at him.