Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., takes questions from the media in April during an appearance in Durham. Hagan has tried for her first 5 1/2 years in the U.S. Senate to convince North Carolina voters that being in the middle of the road is a good thing. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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Senate Control May Swing On North Carolina's Unpopularity Contest

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Before opening a plant in North Carolina in early 2014, Sierra Nevada took water samples from all over the region and analyzed them. It realized it needed to add salt and prepare for fermentation. Steve R/Flickr hide caption

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Craft Brewers Tweak N.C. Water To Match Western Mountain Flavor

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Residents fear that the economy of Belhaven, N.C., will collapse because its hospital closed. "How many people go retire somewhere where it doesn't even have a hospital?" asks the mayor. Hyun Namkoong hide caption

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John Stuart (left) of Green Man Brewery grabs a Tater Ridge mash sample from Sierra Nevada's Scott Jennings (center) at the Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River, N.C. Courtesy of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. hide caption

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Keith Crisco, a North Carolina textile entrepreneur who went up against former American Idol singer Clay Aiken in a Democratic primary, died in an accident at home on Monday. Uncredited/AP hide caption

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John Martin, 24, was uninsured until a health care navigator told him he could get coverage through his parents' health plan. Jenny Gold hide caption

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In North Carolina, Workarounds Help The Poor Find Health Coverage

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A close look at this house at 3215 Wade Ave. in Raleigh, N.C., suggests not all is as it seems. There isn't a driveway, for instance, and there's no walkway to the front door. Eric Mennel/WUNC hide caption

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney pauses while speaking at a campaign rally at the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Monday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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A sign directs voters to polls at a polling station on Nov. 4, 2008, in Shallotte, N.C. Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images hide caption

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In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Be Crucial To Winning The State

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