First Drip (10/9/14): Register of Deeds braces for marriages license requests, protests erupt in Missouri, more

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The Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds says he anticipates many gay couples will seek marriages licenses over the coming days and weeks after Amendment One is repealed. David Granberry says gay couples have been calling the office asking if they can seek permits. One couple even showed up on Wednesday.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that North Carolina can go ahead with voting changes passed last year that many groups argue will negatively impact minorities. The court neither explained its decision, nor do we know how all but two of the justices voted.

The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S., is wondering why he passed away when other people treated for the disease in America have lived. CNN offers this: He was hospitalized later and given a different experimental drug than the one used in other patients. Also, his hospital didn't seem to be prepared for his case.

An off-duty police officer in St. Louis fatally shot an 18-year-old black man who opened fire during a chase, sparking protests. "Hours after the shooting, a crowd gathered at the scene near the Missouri Botanical Garden. Some shouted "Hands up, don't shoot" in reference to the fatal shooting in August of an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in nearby Ferguson. That shooting led to weeks of sometimes violent unrest in the St. Louis suburb. Officer Darren Wilson has not been charged in the shooting."

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