First Drip (11/5/14): Tillis loses Mecklenburg but wins the war, more

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The most expensive Senate race in U.S. history ended with Thom Tillis unseating Democrat Kay Hagan last night. Tillis lost his home county of Mecklenburg and most major urban areas, but his election helped tip the Senate into full Republican control.

Just days before his resignation, Charlotte-Mecklengurg Schools' legal department completed an investigation on Superintendent Heath Morrison over allegations of misconduct, bullying and close to a million dollars in cost overruns for new schools.

NASCAR fined and suspended crew chiefs and members involved in Sunday's brawl following the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, but drivers Jeff Gordon and Brad Leselowski got a pass. Neither were sanctioned for the group assault.

Leaders of the terrorist group ISIS share a common thread; a U.S. prison camp on the Iraqi-Kuwait border that lumped secular Iraqis loyal to Saddam Hussein's old regime with Islamist extremists fighting against Western influence. The result: a more radical, more organized and more connected group of terrorists were released onto an already destabilized region.

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