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October 15, 2018

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Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


WRAL NEWS: Chapel Hill officials again urge UNC to move ‘Silent Sam’
The Chapel Hill Town Council sent a letter Friday to University of North Carolina officials, once again asking that a controversial Confederate monument be permanently relocated rel=”noopener noreferrer” on campus.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Gov. Cooper sends $25 million in lottery funds to fix NC schools damaged by Florence
Governor Roy Cooper announced Monday that he’s sending $25 million from the North Carolina Education Lottery Fund to speed up repairs to K-12 schools damaged by Hurricane Florence.

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COASTAL REVIEW: NC Mariculture Valued at $2.4 million
Collaborative efforts to grow the state’s oyster industry have contributed to a nearly twofold increase in value, according to a report from the North Carolina rel=”noopener noreferrer” Commerce Department’s rel=”noopener noreferrer” Rural Economic Development Division.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Moody’s Pegs Florence’s Economic Cost at $38 Billion to $50 Billion
After a week of heavy rains and record flooding, initial estimates for the damage that Florence wrought on the Carolinas rank the storm among history’s top hurricanes, rel=”noopener noreferrer” but far below last rel=”noopener noreferrer” year’s trio of powerful cyclones.


WCTI 12: Hurricane-walloped North Carolina prepares rel=”noopener noreferrer” to cast votes again
For a Southern state regularly exposed to hurricanes, call it an election Florence-style.

WFAE: With Elections Looming, Florence-Devastated Counties Try To Reach Voters
For people severely impacted by Hurricane rel=”noopener noreferrer” Florence, voting may be the rel=”noopener noreferrer” last thing on their minds. But state and county elections boards are working hard make sure people know their options.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Voting has started in North Carolina. Here’s what you need to know for the election
There are multiple ways North Carolinians can participate rel=”noopener noreferrer” in this year’s election, rel=”noopener noreferrer” which will decide who goes to Congress, controls state government and presides over courtrooms across the state.


NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH NEWS: Governor Proposes Mental Health, Housing Funds rel=”noopener noreferrer” in Florence Relief Budget
The North Carolina Governor’s Office announced preliminary estimates this week that Hurricane Florence created about $13 billion in damages to the state.

As surrounding communities continue to work through the Hurricane Florence recovery process, so too do the hospitals rel=”noopener noreferrer” and other medical providers rel=”noopener noreferrer” serving the region. The following is a look at how those groups responded to the storm, fared through the hurricane and are coping with the aftermath.

Justice & Public Safety

WFMY NEWS: NC Agencies Stepping Up To Help Those In Need After Florence
State agencies are continuing their recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.  

CORRECTIONS ONE: NC prison officials demoted at facility where 4 employees rel=”noopener noreferrer” died
North Carolina prison officials slashed the pay of two top administrators who had leadership responsibilities at a lockup where four employees were killed last year during the deadliest breakout attempt in state history.

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THE DAILY INDEPENDENT: NC lawmakers commit $794M more for Florence recovery
State lawmakers announced a commitment of $794 million in additional Hurricane Florence relief funding Saturday.


NEWS & OBSERVER: rel=”noopener noreferrer” NCDOT wants to double the number of lanes on a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 95
The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking feedback on its plans to double the number of lanes on a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Johnston, Harnett and Cumberland counties.

ABC 12: NCDOT engineers start assessing roads affected by Florence
N.C. Department of Transportation engineers have started to assess Hurricane Florence-affected roads so necessary repairs can be made in the hard-hit areas in eastern North Carolina.