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Michelle Obama's guest list for State of the Union includes N.C. veteran

First Lady Michelle Obama's guest list for Tuesday's State of the Union address includes Marine Corps Sgt. Carlos Evans who lost both legs and a hand when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

Evans lives in Cameron, about 50 miles southwest of Raleigh. He will watch the speech from the gallery near the first lady. Here's the White House bio of Evans: "Sergeant Evans, born in Puerto Rico, was on his fourth overseas deployment when he sustained injuries in Afghanistan that resulted in the loss of both of his legs and his left hand.  Recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center, Sergeant Evans met the First Lady and later visited the White House for a Wounded Warrior Tour.  At that time, the President signed his prosthetic arm.   He credits the support he has received from private organizations to the First Lady and Dr. Biden’s efforts in Joining Forces.  In 2012, he received a custom home from Operation Coming Home and now resides in North Carolina with his wife and two young daughters. "

Morning Roundup: In Charlotte, First Lady says it's all on the line today

First Lady Michelle Obama repeated Monday what her husband did four years ago – held an election eve rally in Charlotte and urged supporters to stay “fired up” for one more day.

“It’s all going to come down to what happens in a few key battleground states like North Carolina,” Obama told more than 4,000 people who jammed a hanger at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. “… It’s all at stake tomorrow.” Full story here.

More political headlines:

--An Election Day primer: N.C. counties to watch, top battleground states and a TV guide. Weather won't be a problem statewide.

Morning Roundup: Campaigns prime for final push, First Lady in Charlotte

After the nearly $1 billion worth of TV ads, three presidential debates and all the speeches, John White will use a bullhorn Tuesday to shout a message to voters: “This is your final call!” Election Day is a day away and the final ground war for Campaign 2012 is making its last push. A look at the campaigns' final operations.

More political stories:

--The race for North Carolina hurtles toward the finish Monday as First lady Michelle Obama, joined by singer Mariah Carey, will headline an airport rally in Charlotte on Monday afternoon. The visit comes a day after former President Bill Clinton spoke to 4,000 supporters in Raleigh. Clinton photo gallery.

--State legislators last summer ignored research that shows sea-level rise will accelerate its creep up North Carolina’s coastline this century. This week, waves of science will say they were wrong. Some researchers said the 39-inch rise a state science panel expects by year 2100 may be far too low.

Michelle Obama to visit Charlotte day before election

First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign in Charlotte on Monday, a day before the state decides whether to give her husband a new four-year lease on the White House.

The campaign announced the trip via Twitter on Thursday but offered no further details.

The trip comes three weeks after she last visited the state, appearing at a rally in Chapel Hill. It will be her third trip to the state since the Democratic convention in early September. Consider her visit a consolation prize after President Barack Obama's campaign announced he won't make a trip to North Carolina afterall.

Morning Roundup: Congressman Kissell refuses to debate GOP rival Hudson

Citing scheduling conflicts, U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C., has declined to commit to a locally televised debate with Republican challenger Richard Hudson.

Hudson, in a statement released by his campaign, called on the Democratic congressman “to come out of hiding.” Full story here.

More political headlines:

--Get a rundown on the feisty second presidential debate and see a fact check on the candidates' statements. Students at Queens College gave the win to the president.

--Emulating President Barack Obama, Walter Dalton also took an aggressive stance while Pat McCrory bobbed and weaved in the governor's race debate. And see an excerpt from a key exchange.

Michelle Obama pays tribute to Bill Friday

Michelle Obama started her remarks at UNC-Chapel Hill on Tuesday with a tribute to the late Bill Friday.

"I also want to take a moment just to note the passing of William Friday, a man whose visionary leadership of this university system was an inspiration to all of us who believe that education is the key to a brighter future," the first lady said. "Chancellor Friday was a courageous reformer who transformed North Carolina's public universities into a model for our country."

Read more about Michelle Obama's visit here and read her full remarks below.

First Lady Michelle Obama to return to North Carolina

First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to return to North Carolina early next week to campaign for her husband.

Michelle Obama will appear at a campaign event in the Triangle but campaign officials did not provide any other details about the visit. It's her second trip to the state in a month. In late September, Michelle Obama attended a rally at N.C. Central University.

But the presence of the first lady -- and not President Barack Obama -- will only fuel speculation that he may not return before Election Day.

Morning Roundup: The Michelle Obama factor on the N.C. campaign trail

When First Lady Michelle Obama takes the podium, she is many things – character witness for her husband, defender of the anemic economic recovery, and exhorter-in-chief for the Democratic faithful.

Which is why Michelle Obama has become one of the most traveled political spouses in recent memory. Her campaign stops Wednesday at N.C. Central University in Durham and East Carolina University in Greenville were part of her 11th visit to North Carolina since 2009, according to the campaign. There is little mystery why. Read the full story here and see a photo gallery.

More political headlines:

--Check out these fact-checks on the new DGA-funded ad "Laundry" attacking Pat McCrory and the RGA ad "Year after year" hitting Walter Dalton.

Michelle Obama campaigns in Durham, Greenville next week

First Lady Michelle Obama will be in North Carolina on Wednesday for campaign stops in Greenville and Durham.

The Obama campaign said more details will be provided later today. Michelle Obama is a familiar presence in the state, appearing at campaign events and fundraisers in 2008 and this year. 

She was in North Carolina just two weeks ago, delivering a televised speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and speaking to smaller convention gatherings.

North Carolina's cameo in Michelle Obama's video

Nine-year-old Will Cunningham's friends at school don't believe him when he tells them about his summer.

But now he has video proof. Will, the son of former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, and his sister Caroline, 10, met First Lady Michelle Obama in a private event in the Raleigh backyard of state Rep. Grier Martin. The Aug. 1 private visit was featured in the eight minute video introducing Obama at the Democratic convention Tuesday night. (Click below for video. 3:33 mark)

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