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September 24, 2018

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Your weekly North Carolina political news report.

Special Session on Disaster Relief

**To update last week’s NC Week in Review newsletter – legislative leaders are calling to convene an emergency special session sooner than Gov. Roy Cooper’s October 9 order for legislators to return to Raleigh. Legislators may return to provide disaster relief as soon as this Friday, September 28.**

WRAL NEWS: Lawmakers want special session on hurricane recovery faster than Cooper suggested
A day after Gov. Roy Cooper called for an October special session to approve initial funding needs for the Hurricane Florence recovery, legislative leaders said they’re prepared to meet next week.

Hurricane Florence: How to Help

The Raleigh office of McGuireWoods Consulting is organizing an disaster relief operation for Jones County, NC. Jones County was heavily impacted by Hurricane Florence. Please contact our office to donate supplies such as household items, toiletries, and school supplies. We appreciate any support to help the community during this time.

DELMARVA NOW: Hurricane Florence relief: Here’s how you can help
Hurricane Florence flood waters have not yet receded for much of the North Carolina and South Carolina. Many people are anxious to help those who were hit hard by the hurricane.

BECKERS HOSPITAL REVIEW: The healthcare professional’s guide to giving: 15 ways to help the Southeast rebound from Florence
Florence, which made landfall Sept. 14, was a Category 1 hurricane that evolved to a tropical storm and, as of Sept. 18, a post-tropical cyclone. At least 35 people across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have died in storm-related incidents, and 343,000 people were still without power in North Carolina at the time of publication.


THE NEWS & OBSERVER: After Florence, NC leaders want to limit school makeup days
Some North Carolina school districts remain closed after Hurricane Florence, leaving the prospect of makeup days looming.

Economic Development

USA TODAY: Hurricane Florence, despite destruction, will likely have small impact on US economy
Despite the wide path of devastation left by Hurricane Florence, its effect on the U.S. economy is likely to be modest.

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: ‘The storm couldn’t have come at a worse time’ for NC’s crops
It’s hard to tell Jimmy Burch had a thriving crop of broccoli, turnips and other vegetables in his fields just over a week ago. After Hurricane Florence dumped 16 inches of rain in the Faison area, many of the fields look like a flat expanse of mud. A few dead brown stems poking out of the dirt are the only sign of the ruined crop.

Emergency Management

THE BURLINGTON TIMES: Florence: Evacuations continue as N.C. rivers rise
Hurricane Florence is by no means done with the Carolinas, where some rivers are still rising and thousands of people were told to plan to leave their homes on Monday before rivers reach their crest.


APPALACHIAN TODAY: App State Cuts Ribbon on First Connect NC Bond Funded Project
Appalachian State University cut the ribbon on the Connect NC Bond’s first completed project on Friday, Sept. 21. The Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences building was completed on time and on budget.

NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH NEWS: Medical and Other Supplies Fly Their Way to Florence Flooded Areas
For the past week, squadrons of pilots have descended onto the tarmac at the general aviation portion of Raleigh-Durham Airport, bringing their small planes and a willingness to ferry essential supplies to a coast isolated by flooding.

In the Courts

NC LAWYERS WEEKLY: Chief Justice Martin issues new order for Florence-hit counties
North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin issued an order Sept. 21 providing further relief for filing deadlines in the counties hit hardest by Hurricane Florence.


WRAL NEWS: Insurance camps to be set up in flood-battered NC
Insurance camps will be held this week in two flood-battered communities in North Carolina to help storm victims recover from Hurricane Florence.