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Here’s what’s happening now:

COVID-19 in Wake County:
Wake County passed the 16,000 confirmed case threshold on Thursday. [more to know in Wake]

What else to know:
😷 Gov. Roy Cooper will not to issue additional protections for agriculture workers as expected, the News & Observer reports
😷 North Carolina added to the 'red zone' by White House task force, but Sec. Mandy Cohen says the state doing better than other red zone southern states with lower viral spread. [NC Health News]
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Here's a weekend idea: Challenge your Raleigh friends to a virtual game night!

 Raleigh trivia questions on history, civics, current events and places will help you test your knowledge and learn about the great place we live along the way. 

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Voting in Wake County and have questions about the process or local elections on the ballot? Raleigh Convergence’s voter guide is for you.

We’re answering your voting questions, which we’ll share in this regularly-updated guide. Whether your question is about absentee ballots in Wake County, the Raleigh affordable housing bond or what PPE poll workers will wear, we’re here to track down the answers.

Share what you want to know by filling out this brief survey (which can be anonymous) or sending an email to (or just reply to this newsletter!).

🗳️ You asked: When will we get our mail-in ballots?

While some states have opted to send actual vote-by-mail ballots to all registered voters, North Carolina is not one of those states. You will have to request that an absentee ballot is sent to you. You can do that in a few ways now, and the fastest is the new online portal.

You can also use a paper request, available here, but the online portal skips two time-intensive steps of processing, getting your ballot in your hands faster.

The state is also rolling out a new BallotTrax portal, so you can track your ballot through the mail. We’ll link to that tool here when it’s available, as early as Friday.

More on how to vote, register, and more of your questions answered.

Supporting veterans:
Today, on Sept. 11, ultra runner Rachel Zeilbor will keep running on Meredith College's track for 9 hours and 11 minutes. 
The daughter of two veterans, she's doing it awareness and donations for Operation Run for Their Lives, which supports the Bravo Alpha Initiative, a nonprofit to "support Veterans and First Responders in their efforts to recover from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and prevent Self Destructive Actions (SDA)."

The campaign also asks runners to share their 9 minute, 11 second run with #OperationRFTL through Sept. 18.
Raleigh Brewing will be live-streaming the run. Supporters can also join Rachel for a post-run beer around 6 p.m.

Another way to commemorate 9/11: Activate Good's United We Help. 

PLUS... 6 more ideas for your week:
🎶 Stream a live performance from a past Hopscotch festival, which would have been this weekend. The archive was just released. 
🇫🇷 Stop by the French Market and Seafood Festival at Lafayette Village Saturday 12-4 p.m. [more info]

🐛 Explore six days of BugFest virtual programming, starting on (Mosquito) Monday-Sept. 19, from the Museum of Natural Sciences. [programming]
🍺 Grab an Oktoberfest beer at one of the Raleigh Brewing locations during their Saturday release. 
🔍 Learn about local Black history with a tour of Historic Method. [Raleigh Historic Development Commission]

🍅 Stop by the Moore Square Market's Weekend Pop-up on Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. [learn more]

Raleigh Charter has the top SAT score in the Raleigh area, second-highest SAT score in the Triangle, the News & Observer reports. The state saw an overall decline in SAT scores, the State Board of Education announced earlier this week.

The News & Observer has a breakdown of SAT scores by high school for the year and a searchable database. Fewer students took the SAT this year because of relaxed college admission requirements during the pandemic. 

A Raleigh police officer -- and former employee of the year -- is on leave and under investigation for false evidence around drug cases. [ABC 11]

Raleigh-based startup Persistence AI plans to hire hundreds of new employees, hoping to employ those who lost jobs because of the pandemic. [GrepBeat]

A renovated aquatics and fitness center re-opened in Morrisville. [Cary Magazine]

The City of Raleigh Museum will re-open Saturday and the Gregg Museum will open later this month. More details on playgrounds, facilities and museums re-opening in Phase 2.5 at
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