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Correction: Tuesday's email misstated the wrong location of the Southeast Regional Library, which is in Garner, not Raleigh. [corrected info
Here’s what’s happening now:

Indoor gatherings will be restricted to 10 people or fewer, beginning 5 p.m. Friday and effective through at least Dec. 4, Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday.

The restriction applies to people gathering indoors at someone’s home, not businesses. It’s the only thing that changes in the new executive order extending Phase 3, and the outdoor limit for gatherings will remain at 50 people.

The 10-person gathering limit most notably goes through Thanksgiving. The indoor limit for gatherings at 25 people has been in place since Phase 2.5, beginning Sept. 4. [read more]


What else to know:

N.C. on Wednesday hit a new record high for hospitalizations and daily new cases are above 3,000 for the first time. [WRAL]
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Election catch up: What's happening now

In Wake County and North Carolina, provisional ballots and mail-in ballots are still being processed. Mail-in ballots postmarked on Election Day have until Thursday to arrive to local boards of elections.

North Carolina is one of the states where ballots can be "cured" and those cures can come in as late as 5 p.m. Thursday.


County boards are meeting today, but we won't know the final totals until Friday, when the results are certified by those county boards. The state certifies the results Nov. 24.

For some of the closer races, such as the N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice, those votes are likely needed to determine who is elected. [read more] + bookmark for results when available.


More to read: Your Election Day vote may not show up online in your voter history yet, but that's normal. [WUNC]

What's in the report on police response to protests:

The work commissioned by the city to evaluate the Raleigh Police Department's response to demonstrations this summer is not an independent investigation, the consultants' report reads.

Instead, it's a set of recommendations, primarily using the RPD's own after-action report and interviews with RPD and community members. The recommendations from 21CP include processes to improve how RPD works with other law enforcement agencies and better communication.

One potential implication to note from the report, which you can read here: A recommendation to "explore the potential benefits of more rigorously enforcing the ordinances relevant to the permitting of First Amendment-protected activity."

In plain terms, the consulting group suggests that advance notice and permitting should be more enforced for protests, for planning and community engagement. The ACLU of North Carolina in its guide on demonstrations and protests notes that some events require permits, bu
t "the First Amendment prohibits such an advance notice requirement from being used to prevent rallies or demonstrations that are rapid responses to unforeseeable and recent events." 

Read more on this topic: [News & Observer coverage] + [NC Primer analysis]

A virtual reality concert from NC State and hundreds of local musicians premieres tonight. [Cary Citizen]

Operation: Coming Home: The family of a soldier killed in Afghanistan received a new home on Veterans Day in Wendell Falls. [News & Observer]

Thanksgiving pre-orders approaching: Many restaurants around town are offering dine-in or takeout, but many require an earlier pre-order or reservation. Raleigh Magazine has a list. 🍗
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