Cindy McCain grand marshal for BofA 500 race
Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, will be grand marshal today at the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord.
It is her first appearance in North Carolina since accompanying her husband to Charlotte in May.
Among those also appearing at the speedway on John McCain's behalf will be his son Doug and NASCAR legend Richard Petty.
Vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was in North Carolina earlier this week for a rally in Greenville.
N.C. doctors want McCain's health records released
Three N.C. doctors, among nearly 3,000 nationwide, called on John McCain on Friday to release his health records.
In a conference call organized by the movie company Brave New Films, Dr. Wolfgang Liedtke of Duke University, Dr. Don Richardson of Brevard and Dr. Susan Murphy of Boone said the Republican presidential candidate needed to share more information about his health.
In late May, about 20 reporters were allowed to look at McCain's records for about three hours.
But Liedtke, a clinical neurologist, said he still had questions about the severity of McCain's skin cancers and his vascular health, based on reports that the Arizona senator takes a daily aspirin to prevent blood clots and Ambien CR for insomnia.
“Somebody who is on Ambien, that is not someone you want to take the 3 a.m. call… ,” he said. “You might not be able to wake them up.”
Liedtke said Democrat Barack Obama should release all of his records as well, citing concern over the Illinois senator's history of smoking.
Conservative institute's poll shows Hagan slightly ahead
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kay Hagan is ahead in a new poll.
According to a survey by the conservative Civitas Institute, the Democratic Senate candidate had 45 percent support, Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole had 42 percent and Libertarian Christopher Cole had 3 percent. Ten percent were undecided.
Other recent polls have also shown Hagan ahead by several points.
The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted Oct. 6-8 by Tel Opinion Research of Alexandria, Va. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.
Developers' group praises Dole's stand on drilling
The Associated Builders and Contractors is praising U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole's stance on drilling.
The Washington-based group, which advocates for developers, has sent a mailer to N.C. voters lauding Dole's support for more offshore drilling.
"It's good to know someone in Washington is working to provide relief to North Carolina families,” the mailer says.