Wilmington Convention Center needs $220,000 in hurricane repairs

Wilmington Convention Center needs $220,000 in hurricane repairs

Florence damaged drywall, ceilings and floors at the 8-year-old building WILMINGTON — Five months after Hurricane Florence, Wilmington leaders are ready to repair the last of the convention center’s storm scars. Erris Dunston of the city manager’s office said a building assessment found the storm did an estimated $220,000 in damage to the interior. An architectural assessment for the building’s exterior is underway. In October, the city allocated $250,000 to recovery at the Wilmington Convention Center,…

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Calif. governor to draw down guard troops

Calif. governor to draw down guard troops

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans Monday to withdraw several hundred National Guard troops from the state’s southern border with Mexico in defiance of the Trump administration’s request for support from border states. About 100 of the 360 troops will remain deployed under California’s agreement with the federal government to focus specifically on combating transnational crime such as drug and gun smuggling, Newsom spokesman Nathan Click said. Specifically, they will be tasked…

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Johansson scores twice, Devils beat Hurricanes 3-2

Johansson scores twice, Devils beat Hurricanes 3-2

The only role the New Jersey Devils are likely going to have in the playoffs this season is being a spoiler, something the Carolina Hurricanes discovered. Marcus Johansson scored twice, a battered Keith Kinkaid made 32 saves and the Devils prevented the Hurricanes from moving into a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory Sunday. “In the end, it’s the win that counts,” said center Nico Hischier, who had assists on all three goals. “Everyone who…

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New 'One Tree Hill' event still feeling Florence impacts

New 'One Tree Hill' event still feeling Florence impacts

The Friends with Benefit Charity Events group is hosting a weekend of events featuring show stars like Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton WILMINGTON — Good news, “One Tree Hill” fans. Tric, a popular nightclub from the locally shot The CW series, is officially reopening its doors for a special event months after Hurricane Florence cast doubt on whether it could. Last fall, Friends with Benefit Charity Events began work on an ambitious renovation of the South Front Street…

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Three keys to better hurricane recovery

Three keys to better hurricane recovery

In his address to the U.S. House’s Natural Resources Committee last week, Gov. Roy Cooper made a compelling case for taking a different, more proactive approach to rebuilding after storms, saying, “We spend a lot of money on recovery. Not enough of that money is allowed to be used for mitigation and resiliency.” With recent hurricanes and storms, all of us in North Carolina have experienced a new normal in rainfall and extreme weather. Hurricane…

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No. 8 Tar Heels hold off Hurricanes 88-85 in overtime

No. 8 Tar Heels hold off Hurricanes 88-85 in overtime

Kenny Williams hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:08 left in overtime to help eighth-ranked North Carolina hold off Miami 88-85 on Saturday. Freshman Coby White matched his season high with 33 points for the Tar Heels (19-4, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who survived a wild finish filled with big shots by both teams. UNC forced overtime on Luke Maye’s 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left, then got two critical free throws from Cameron Johnson with 12.3…

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Hurricanes spoil Rangers’ Cup celebration with 3-0 victory

Hurricanes spoil Rangers’ Cup celebration with 3-0 victory

Petr Mrazek made 27 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes spoiled a celebration at Madison Square Garden that honored the last Rangers team to win the Stanley Cup, blanking New York 3-0 Friday night. Warren Foegele scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period as the Hurricanes ended a 16-game losing streak at the Garden. He took a pass from Saku Maenalanen in the slot and wristed a shot past Henrik Lundqvist at 6:43. Rookie…

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Georgia House budget ups funds for hurricane, school safety

Georgia House budget ups funds for hurricane, school safety

The Georgia House has approved a midyear budget adjustment that increases funding for school safety and farmers hit by the devastation of Hurricane Michael in October. Republican Rep. Terry England, chairman of the House Appropriations committee, said the $192.5 million in additional expenditures passed Friday comes after better than anticipated continued revenue growth. England said, however, that it represented a conservative approach and plans ahead for “little bumps” the state could see in the coming…

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Harvey left Houston with affordable housing crisis

Harvey left Houston with affordable housing crisis

HOUSTON (FOX 26) — Did you realize that Houston was left in a severe affordable housing crisis after Hurricane Harvey? A year and a half after Harvey, hundreds of thousands of people in Houston are still suffering. Count it a blessing if you are fortunate enough to live in an affordable home of your own.    Carmela Guerra, a mother of four who is fighting ovarian cancer and receives disability, doesn’t have that.  “There are times I don’t…

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Bladen County road reopens after Hurricane Florence damage

Bladen County road reopens after Hurricane Florence damage

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Johnsontown Road in Bladen County reopened Feb. 8, 2018 after extensive damage by Hurricane Florence floodwaters required a new bridge. (Photo: NCDOT) ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — A section of Johnsontown Road, which had been closed since Hurricane Florence, reopened Friday in Bladen County. According to NCDOT, the September storm’s floodwaters undermined the pavement leading to both sides of the bridge, and it damaged the substructure of the bridge, which…

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Hurricane Florence was among the costliest disasters on record. Here’s NOAA’s tally

Hurricane Florence was among the costliest disasters on record. Here’s NOAA’s tally

The final tally on damage from Hurricane Florence is higher than the costs from 2016’s Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Floyd in 1999 combined, new federal estimates show. Florence’s final cost was $24 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Florence was not the costliest natural disaster last year. Hurricane Michael caused an estimated $25 billion in damage when it came ashore on the Florida panhandle as a strong Category 4 storm, according to…

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Woman says cross made for her brother on Hatteras Inlet washes up on Florida beach after being swept away by Hurricane Michael

Woman says cross made for her brother on Hatteras Inlet washes up on Florida beach after being swept away by Hurricane Michael

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The mystery of a barnacle-covered wooden cross that washed ashore along a South Florida beach may have been solved. The Miami Herald reports that a woman believes the cross was erected on an island off North Carolina in 2016 in memory of her brother who disappeared while on a solo hunting trip in Hatteras Inlet. Robin Stowe contacted the newspaper on Wednesday after reports surfaced about the 20-foot cross, which has…

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700 evacuated from New Zealand town as wildfire threatens

700 evacuated from New Zealand town as wildfire threatens

About 700 residents are being evacuated from a New Zealand town as a forest fire threatens the area. Civil defense authorities on Friday decided to evacuate parts of Wakefield on the South Island. Authorities opened up a sports stadium as a welfare center and said they can accommodate people who don’t have friends or family to stay with elsewhere. Others in the town of 3,000 are waiting to hear if they will also be evacuated,…

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Hurricanes on PNC Arena lease negotiations: ‘The economics of the deal have to change in our favor’

Hurricanes on PNC Arena lease negotiations: ‘The economics of the deal have to change in our favor’

While the Carolina Hurricanes’ lease with PNC Arena is still five years away from expiration, negotiations over an extension are about to begin – and there’s a lot more on the line than last time around. It took two years to negotiate the last five-year extension, through 2024, and this time around it figures to be more complicated and possibly more contentious. The Hurricanes have a new owner and the building, which turns 20 next…

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Newsmakers for Feb. 10: Houston Habitat seeks owners of Harvey-damaged homes

Newsmakers for Feb. 10: Houston Habitat seeks owners of Harvey-damaged homes

HOUSTON – Houston Habitat for Humanity has traditionally been for first-time homeowners who need help landing that first home. Now, the “Almost Home” program is available to those whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Allison Hay, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, extended an invitation to homeowners still dealing with Harvey damage. “We’ll work with you,” she said. “You don’t have to be a first time home buyer this time. We’ll bring you into…

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Rocky Mount woman accused of making false claims for Hurricane Matthew relief

Rocky Mount woman accused of making false claims for Hurricane Matthew relief

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina woman is accused by federal prosecutors of making fraudulent claims to secure disaster relief funds. The U.S. Department of Justice announced in a news release Wednesday that 50-year-old Sheila Ruffin of Rocky Mount is charged with 15 counts of disaster fraud related to Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. Prosecutors said Ruffin made false statements and submitted fraudulent documentation in applications to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance. Officials said…

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ONLY ON 3: Man loses home in Florence, now forced out of garage

80-year-old Army veteran John Ganey says his garage has everything he needs. But the town says he cannot live there. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) —  An 80-year-old Boiling Spring Lakes man has spent the last few months living in his garage, after Hurricane Florence destroyed his home. Now he’s being told he isn’t allowed to live there anymore. Army veteran John Ganey says he’s lived in Boiling Spring Lakes for close to…

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Pacific Gas & Electric vows to improve wildfire prevention

Pacific Gas & Electric vows to improve wildfire prevention

The nation’s largest utility is promising to overhaul its wildfire-prevention measures in response to growing legal, financial and public pressure over its role in starting some of the most destructive blazes in California history. In a regulatory filing Wednesday, Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. proposes building new weather stations, fireproofing more miles of electrical wires and shutting off power to more customers more often when wildfire danger is highest. The embattled utility also vows to…

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2018 Was Earth's Fourth-Hottest Year On Record, Scientists Say

2018 Was Earth's Fourth-Hottest Year On Record, Scientists Say

Once again, the world was unusually hot in 2018. In fact, on average, it was the fourth hottest year around the planet since modern record-keeping began in 1880. If a warming planet were an Olympic sport, fourth wouldn’t make the podium. But consider the context: the hottest five years on record are, in fact, the last five years. The year 2016, which was 1.69 degrees F warmer than the 20th century average, holds the top…

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State of the Union speech: Fact check

State of the Union speech: Fact check

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump laced his State of the Union speech with puffed-up numbers and partial truths Tuesday as he hailed an “economic miracle,” warned of human traffickers flooding across the border and appeared to place Afghanistan in the Middle East instead of where it is, Asia. Trump used information selectively in claiming a drop in drug prices not seen in half a century and promised the nation it would see bountiful benefits…

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McElhinney, Hurricanes shut down Penguins 4-0

McElhinney, Hurricanes shut down Penguins 4-0

Curtis McElhinney stopped 23 shots, Brett Pesce and Jordan Martinook scored from way out and Michael Ferland and Andrei Svechnikov poured it on late as the Carolina Hurricanes began a pivotal five-game trip with a 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. McElhinney collected his first shutout of the season and ninth of his 11-year career by stuffing Jared McCann and Jake Guentzel with sprawling saves in the first period and never letting…

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Education Reform And Teacher Pay Top Abbott's List During State Of State Address

Education Reform And Teacher Pay Top Abbott's List During State Of State Address

Gov. Greg Abbott named his emergency legislative priorities during Tuesday’s State of the State address.  As heard on Texas Public Radio He praised the state’s economy and job growth, and he noted what people say when he asks them why they moved to Texas. “Now listen I know, we may not be perfect, but all the newcomers I talk to, they think that Texas is a governmental holy grail,” Abbott said. His speech targeted five…

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Education Reform And Teacher Pay Tops Abbott's List During State Of State Address

Gov. Greg Abbott named his emergency legislative priorities during Tuesday’s State of the State address.  As heard on Texas Public Radio He praised the state’s economy and job growth, and he noted what people say when he asks them why they moved to Texas. “Now listen I know, we may not be perfect, but all the newcomers I talk to, they think that Texas is a governmental holy grail,” Abbott said. His speech targeted five priorities: property…

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Topsail Island is back open post-Florence

Topsail Island is back open post-Florence

Families visit Surf City beach Tuesday morning. (Photo: Monique Robinson/ WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Topsail Island is one of the most popular sites on the North Carolina coast. After over $9 million in construction repairs post-Hurricane Florence, the island is back and thriving with business. TI Coastal Services engineered Topsail Beach’s recovery and reports the island’s proactiveness doesn’t compare to other coastal towns. Chris Gibson says the island is way ahead of beaches…

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From Immigration To The Shutdown, State Of The Union Guests Carry Political Messages

From Immigration To The Shutdown, State Of The Union Guests Carry Political Messages

The most important political issues of the past year will be on display Tuesday night, not only in what President Trump says in his State of the Union address, but in who will be in the audience. Furloughed federal workers, Border Patrol agents, immigrants, school shooting survivors and the first inmate to benefit from a new criminal justice law will be among those gather in the chamber of the U.S. House. Lawmakers, along with the…

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Hurricane Florence evacuees with disabilities endured unsafe, ‘disrespectful’ conditions, report says

Hurricane Florence evacuees with disabilities endured unsafe, ‘disrespectful’ conditions, report says

The state set up a special medical shelter in an old building during Hurricane Florence in a section of Goldsboro at risk for flooding, a new report says. In Winston-Salem, people who were unable to climb stairs were marooned on the first floor of the Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, separated by steep stairs from the only bathrooms open to evacuees, according to the report released Tuesday by Disability Rights North Carolina. The service elevator at…

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Hurricane Florence evacuees with disabilities endured unsafe and unkind conditions, report says

Hurricane Florence evacuees with disabilities endured unsafe and unkind conditions, report says

The state set up a special medical shelter in an old building during Hurricane Florence in a section of Goldsboro at risk for flooding, a new report says. In Winston-Salem, people who were unable to climb stairs were marooned on the first floor of the Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, separated by steep stairs from the only bathrooms open to evacuees, according to the report released Tuesday by Disability Rights North Carolina. The service elevator at…

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Virginia Gov. Northam future in office uncertain

Virginia Gov. Northam future in office uncertain

Virginia. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam Virginia. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A political death watch took shape at Virginia’s Capitol as Gov. Ralph Northam consulted with top administration officials Monday about whether to resign amid a furor over a racist photo in his 1984 yearbook. Practically all of the state’s Democratic establishment — and Republican leaders, too — turned against the 59-year-old Democrat after the picture surfaced late last week of someone…

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Carolina Hurricanes help blind athletes learn to play hockey

Carolina Hurricanes help blind athletes learn to play hockey

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Taking the ice for the first time is challenging, no matter your age. “Hockey is not the easiest thing to do,” said Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordal Staal. “Skating in general for any person is hard. “ “I wish he could actually hear me because I’m sitting there going yes, yes, I can’t believe you’re actually doing this,” said Allison Morgan, the mother of one of the athletes. These young hockey players…

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Australian leader tours floods where 2 men reported missing

Australian leader tours floods where 2 men reported missing

Australia’s prime minister has toured the flood-stricken city of Townsville where two men have been reported missing. While floodwater receded in Townsville on Tuesday, overnight monsoonal rain caused flash-flooding in communities to the north where authorities have warned residents to move to higher ground. And police are still searching for two men who were last seen on Monday morning near floodwaters. Authorities have warned Townsville residents not to swim in flood waters, in which crocodiles…

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The Latest: County orders wildfire victims to leave lots

The Latest: County orders wildfire victims to leave lots

The Latest on Wildfire victims ordered to leave damaged property (all times local): 5:42 p.m. A Northern California county hard-hit by wildfire ordered residents living in temporary shelters on burned out lots to leave their property. The Butte County supervisors voted 4-1 on Monday to repeal a December law permitting residents who lost homes to wildfire to live in recreational vehicles and other temporary shelters on their property while awaiting cleanup and rebuilding. Digital Access…

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Wildfire victims living in RVs ordered to leave properties

Wildfire victims living in RVs ordered to leave properties

Hundreds of Northern California wildfire victims desperate for housing and living in recreational vehicles on their burned-out lots were ordered off their properties Monday after federal authorities threatened to cut off funding for the state’s biggest natural disaster cleanup. The Paradise Town Council unanimously rescinded a two-month-old law allowing residents to live in temporary shelters on their burned out properties before the lots are cleared and certified safe for habitation. The unanimous vote Monday occurred…

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20,000 homes at risk in Australia floods as crocodiles, snakes wash up

20,000 homes at risk in Australia floods as crocodiles, snakes wash up

By CNN Devastating flooding in northeast Australia has forced thousands of people from their homes and brought snakes and crocodiles onto the streets as authorities warn of strong winds and more rain on the way. Much of the city of Townsville in Queensland state is flooded, with residents left without power and some compelled to seek safety on the roofs of their homes, according to CNN affiliate 7 News. Intense rain on Sunday forced authorities…

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Deadline extended again for STEP program for Florence home repairs

Deadline extended again for STEP program for Florence home repairs

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Residents in our area still waiting to make repairs on their homes damaged by Hurricane Florence have a little more time to get some help after another deadline extension for a state program. The deadline for a special program to provide rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence has been extended to Sunday, February 10, according to a news release from Gov. Roy Cooper. That’s the date by which eligible…

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Death toll from last week's Havana tornado rises to 6

Death toll from last week's Havana tornado rises to 6

HAVANA — Cuban authorities say the death toll from a rare tornado that struck Havana last week has risen to six after two injured victims died in hospital. State media say Health Minister Jose Angel Portal Miranda told a meeting of government officials that two of the 13 injured people died on Saturday. The category F4 tornado was the first known to hit the Cuban capital since its founding 500 years ago. With winds up…

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Jackson County courthouse reopens after extensive flooding

Jackson County courthouse reopens after extensive flooding

The county courthouse in downtown Kansas City is reopening after a water main break flooded its basement with about 10 feet (about 3 meters) of water. The Jackson County Courthouse closed Thursday and Friday after the flooding knocked out power and filled the building with thousands of pounds of mud and debris. Jackson County spokeswoman Marshanna Hester says in a news release that crews worked around the clock to make repairs. The building will reopen…

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For State Of The Union's Responders, The Warm Glow Often Fades Fast

For State Of The Union's Responders, The Warm Glow Often Fades Fast

Congratulations, Stacey Abrams, you have just won the most dubious political prize in Washington! Abrams, a former Democratic leader in the Georgia State Assembly, was named last week to respond to President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Who would question that it’s a privilege to deliver the opposition party’s response to the president’s State of the Union address? Well, perhaps you could start with some of the people who have actually done…

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Boats, helicopters deployed for rescues in Australia floods

Boats, helicopters deployed for rescues in Australia floods

Emergency workers are using boats and helicopters to rescue people from flooded parts of northern Australia where forecasts call for more heavy rainfall. More than 1,100 people had been rescued from their homes on Sunday night and evacuation efforts were continuing Monday. Queensland state Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk told reporters Monday that more rain in Townsville and the surrounding area over the next two days could cause flash flooding. The floodgates of the city’s dam were…

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Hurricanes lose to Flames 4-3

Hurricanes lose to Flames 4-3

RALEIGH — Derek Ryan, Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin all scored in their first game back in Carolina, and the Calgary Flames beat the Hurricanes 4-3 on Sunday in coach Bill Peters’ return to Raleigh. Peters resigned as Carolina’s coach last offseason and took over in Calgary. Shortly after, the Flames acquired Lindholm and Hanifin in a trade with the Hurricanes, and Ryan signed with Calgary after three seasons in Carolina. Stay on top of…

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Hurricanes beaten by Flames as former Canes do the damage

Hurricanes beaten by Flames as former Canes do the damage

Derek Ryan had a goal and assist, and Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin also scored Sunday. A year ago, that would have been a very good thing for the Carolina Hurricanes. On Sunday, it did the Canes in. The two helped the Calgary Flames, coached by Bill Peters, take a 4-3 victory at PNC Arena. Not much was made at the game about the return of Peters, the Canes coach for four seasons, or three…

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Waste from Hurricane Florence continues to overwhelm landfills

Waste from Hurricane Florence continues to overwhelm landfills

More than four months after Hurricane Florence battered the state, rivers of waste are still flowing to landfills in eastern North Carolina in volumes that their managers say they have never before seen. Uprooted trees, broken furniture, sodden carpets, soggy sheet rock, smashed fencing, crushed carports and moldy clothing make up the mix of items destroyed by the September storm and subsequent flooding. The trash piling up at some sites may not be disposed of…

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Northam denies being in racist yearbook photo

Northam denies being in racist yearbook photo

RICHMOND, Va. (FOX 5 DC) – Resisting widespread calls for his resignation, Virginia’s embattled governor on Saturday vowed to remain in office after disavowing a blatantly racist photograph that appeared under his name in his 1984 medical school yearbook. In a tumultuous 24 hours, Gov. Ralph Northam posted a video on Twitter on Friday apologizing for the photograph that featured what appeared to be a man in blackface and a second person cloaked in Klu…

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21 counties in NC now eligible for assistance for Tropical Storm Michael damages

21 counties in NC now eligible for assistance for Tropical Storm Michael damages

Some three months after Tropical Storm Michael caused damage in North Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared 21 counties eligible for federal aid. Michael — which made landfall in the Florida panhandle in October and then made its way north through the Carolinas — caused flooding and wind damage through central North Carolina. The tropical storm, which had been a hurricane when it made landfall in Florida, came just a few weeks after…

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The Role Climate Change Plays In Weather Extremes

The Role Climate Change Plays In Weather Extremes

Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Let’s talk about the insane weather this week that left much of the Midwest frozen. The polar vortex is finally moving on. But, before it did, temperatures fell 30 degrees below zero in some places, and hundreds of temperature records were broken. And, once again, President Trump used the extreme temperatures to question the reality of climate change, tweeting, quote, “what the hell is…

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Flood watches, evacuation orders as storm hits California

Flood watches, evacuation orders as storm hits California

A powerful storm descending on California Saturday threatened flooding in the entire San Francisco Bay Area and areas stripped bare by devastating wildfires. The storm that began moving in Friday night was expected to bring up to 4 inches of rain in some areas, winds gusting to 80 mph in the mountains, 10-foot waves and several feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada and other mountain ranges. The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch…

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