Ease NC’s absentee voting rules for people displaced by Hurricane Florence, NAACP asks

Ease NC’s absentee voting rules for people displaced by Hurricane Florence, NAACP asks

The voter registration deadline should be extended and absentee ballot requirements loosened for people from counties hit hardest by Hurricane Florence, the state NAACP said Monday. The legislature returns to Raleigh on Tuesday and is set to consider voting changes in counties hurt by the hurricane, but the changes an influential House member has outlined don’t go as far as the NAACP wants. “Given the unprecedented scale of the devastation and destruction left behind by…

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Florence: How to help and donate

Florence: How to help and donate

Send updates to breakingnews@starnewsonline.com. Residents of The Glenn apartment complex need help moving out. It has been declared unsafe by officials as a result of Hurricane Florence.  Many residents are in shock and need help moving their possessions.  If you can help move boxes and furniture, this project is for you. We recommend that volunteers be able to lift 25 pounds. Cape Fear Volunteer Center will be at The Glenn from 10 a.m. to 6…

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Florence cleanup may cause delays to funerals at Wilmington cemetery

Florence cleanup may cause delays to funerals at Wilmington cemetery

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Oakdale Cemetery sees significant damage from Hurricane Florence. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tree companies have had their work cut out of them all over the Cape Fear including at Oakdale Cemetery, where about 200 trees were damaged. Cemetery Superintendent Eric Kozen says the cemetery will remained closed until Saturday as about 125 trees are removed completely and others are trimmed. – Advertisement – Kozen says the longest…

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VA secretary back home in Fayetteville, tours areas affected by Florence

VA secretary back home in Fayetteville, tours areas affected by Florence

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — It’s typically pretty stressful when the big boss comes to visit but during VA Secretary Robert Wilkie’s visit; it was all smiles. The Fayetteville native returned home Monday to check in on health-care centers and hospitals affected by Hurricane Florence. “We had 17,000 appointments canceled by the storm; half of them have been rescheduled,” Wilkie said. That was nothing compared to the damage done to the Wilmington locations, which are barely…

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Hurricane Florence claims Oakdale Cemetery peacock

By Ben Steelman StarNews Staff Monday Oct 1, 2018 at 4:42 PM Oct 1, 2018 at 4:42 PM The caretaker of neighboring Pine Forest Cemetery found the peacock’s dead body. Add Blueberry the Peacock to the list of Hurricane Florence casualties. Eric Kozen, the superintendent of Oakdale Cemetery, said Monday that the caretaker of neighboring Pine Forest Cemetery had found the peacock’s dead body. The male peacock — definitely a male, since it squawked elaborate mating calls — had been hanging around in Oakdale, Pine…

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Local celebrity chef Ashley Christensen teams up with Emeril to raise more than $120k for Florence relief

Local celebrity chef Ashley Christensen teams up with Emeril to raise more than $120k for Florence relief

Local celebrity chef Ashley Christensen teamed up with Emeril Lagasse to raise more than $120,000 for Hurricane Florence relief in the Carolinas. Right after the storm, Christensen reached out to Lagasse to help raise funds. Lagasse and another chef stepped up in a big way. The trio cooked a meal for 22 of Raleigh’s most generous community members. In total, they raised $124,000. (Copyright ©2018 WTVD-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

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New estimate provides glimpse of damage to SC homes from Hurricane Florence

New estimate provides glimpse of damage to SC homes from Hurricane Florence

An estimated 55 homes were destroyed and more than 1,500 damaged in South Caroline by Hurricane Florence, according to new, early estimates. The S.C. Emergency Management Division said Monday preliminary assessments show 829 homes have minor damage, 704 homes have major damage and 55 homes were destroyed by Florence. In a press release, the agency said the estimates likely will change as damage assessments continue, flooded areas become accessible and officials transition to recovery operations….

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Hurricane Florence by the numbers

Hurricane Florence by the numbers

Among the numbers are the number of tornadoes spawned, deaths recorded, water distributed and estimated cost of debris removal. The region is still digging its way out of the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, but preliminary numbers are taking shape and give a better picture of what the the Carolinas weathered. From the storm itself to the damage incurred by the winds, rain and flooding in the days and weeks after, here is Hurricane Florence by…

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Ivanka Trump to visit North Carolina this week, including Florence recovery area

Ivanka Trump to visit North Carolina this week, including Florence recovery area

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump and a senior adviser to him, will visit North Carolina on Wednesday, according to the White House. She is scheduled to visit Mooresville for two events and then travel to eastern North Carolina to see how the region is recovering from Hurricane Florence and thank volunteers. Trump will meet with NASCAR drivers and officials at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville. The institute, which opened in 2002,…

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Teachers in schools hit hard by Hurricane Florence should get paid, NC lawmakers say

Teachers in schools hit hard by Hurricane Florence should get paid, NC lawmakers say

More than two weeks after Hurricane Florence tore through North Carolina, thousands of students are still not back in class and many schools need repairs. On Tuesday, state lawmakers will return to Raleigh for a special session to provide storm relief, with schools among the top items to be addressed. Legislative leaders said they’ll move this week to provide money for school employees in the disaster areas who have been out of work since the…

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Despite Florence, school board will work on redistricting

Despite Florence, school board will work on redistricting

Redistricting forums scrapped by Hurricane Florence NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Despite Hurricane Florence canceling a month of school board meetings, New Hanover County parents will still get a chance to share their thoughts on redistricting. Last month, the New Hanover County Board of Education was forced to cancel three public forums on its ongoing redistricting process. Proposed middle and high school maps, redrawn to ease overcrowding at several district schools, would move about 9 percent…

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Learn the difference between hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons

Learn the difference between hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons

If you’ve ever wondered what separates hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons from one another, the only difference is that they happen in different geographical locations.“We call a tropical system a hurricane in the Atlantic and northeast Pacific. In the northern Indian ocean, they’re called cyclones. And people living along the northwest Pacific call these storms typhoons,” according to AccuWeather. Aside from where these storms take place, they all are the same weather phenomenon. The only time…

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Drone captures images of US 421 washed out after Florence

Drone captures images of US 421 washed out after Florence

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Drone photo of US 421 washed out near Pender and New Hanover county line.(Photo: NCDOT) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New drone images show the magnitude of damage to US Highway 421 as a result of Hurricane Florence. These photos show a section of US Highway 421 at the Pender and New Hanover County line that was washed out during the storm. Drone photo of US 421 washed…

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Need help after Florence? Here’s how to be ready for a FEMA inspection

Need help after Florence? Here’s how to be ready for a FEMA inspection

Homeowners and renters who have applied for disaster relief money from FEMA after Hurricane Florence might be asked to show an inspector proof of storm damage. If you are one of these people, a FEMA inspector will reach out to you and schedule a visit to your property. Before the date of inspection, be sure your home or mailbox number can be seen from the road. Upon arrival, the inspector will ask for photo ID,…

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Satellite images show extent of Neuse River flooding in Goldsboro, NC

Satellite images show extent of Neuse River flooding in Goldsboro, NC

Satellite images show extent of Neuse River flooding in Goldsboro, NC Oct 01, 2018 USGS/NASA Landsat 8 images illustrate the intense flooding that developed around Goldsboro, NC when record-breaking rainfall from Hurricane Florence caused the Neuse River to overtop its banks and crest at 27.6 feet Sept. 18, 2018. By

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Satellite images show before and after of hard-hit areas from Florence flooding

Satellite images show before and after of hard-hit areas from Florence flooding

Satellite images reveal just how bad the flooding got in parts of North and South Carolina after the National Weather Service says Hurricane Florence dropped an estimated 8 trillion gallons of water on the region. The U.S. Geological Survey released before-and-after images from Goldsboro, North Carolina, and Conway and Georgetown, South Carolina showing the worst of the flooding in some of the hardest-hit areas of the Carolinas. Many areas in eastern North Carolina and in…

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Donations pour in for NC family who lost all in Florence floodwaters

Donations pour in for NC family who lost all in Florence floodwaters

NEW BERN, N.C. (WTVD) — Members of a North Carolina family who lost everything during Hurricane Florence are slowly getting back on their feet, thanks to the generosity of strangers. “I think it’s gonna register tomorrow, or tonight,” said Annazette Riley-Cromartie, as she maneuvered her shopping cart through the aisles of a New Bern Target store. Cromartie, her disabled veteran husband, and three children were treated to an all-expense-paid shopping trip to Target after donations…

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‘Monstrous’ mosquitoes 20 times larger than normal swarm Carolinas after Florence

‘Monstrous’ mosquitoes 20 times larger than normal swarm Carolinas after Florence

North Carolina has suddenly become a hot spot for some of the largest mosquitoes in the country — known as “mega mosquitoes” — due to the rancid puddles left behind by Hurricane Florence. USA Today called it an “outbreak” and described them as “blood-thirsty,” “aggressive” and “monstrous pests.” The species, called Gallinippers, can grow 20 times larger than more common mosquitoes and have a sting that is painful enough to feel like you’ve been stabbed,…

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Autumn with Topsail to go on despite concerns from hurricane

Autumn with Topsail to go on despite concerns from hurricane

Autumn with Topsail (Photo: Rick Stidley) TOPSAIL ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — One of the last big events of the year for Topsail Island businesses will go on despite concerns after Hurricane Florence. “Hurricane Florence was no match for the volunteers from the Historical Society of Topsail Island,” Pender County Tourism Director Tammy Proctor said. – Advertisement – For the 30th year in a row, art and beach music lovers will gather in Topsail Beach at the Autumn…

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Cumberland County to spray for mosquitoes after Hurricane Florence

Cumberland County to spray for mosquitoes after Hurricane Florence

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — A new problem is popping up in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence — mosquitoes. On Monday, officials in Cumberland County will start to taking action to get rid of them. Authorities have set aside $4 million in state money to help counties kill the insects. Cumberland County will spray twice a day, starting Monday. They’ll spray from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m., then spray again between 6 p.m. and midnight….

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VA secretary visits Fayetteville and Wilmington post-Florence

VA secretary visits Fayetteville and Wilmington post-Florence

By Claudia Rupcich, WRAL reporter Fayetteville, N.C. — Secretary Robert Wilkie from the Department of Veterans Affairs will be in Fayetteville Monday to assess Hurricane Florence’s impact. Secretary Wilkie will meet with local leaders at the VA center on S. Raeford Street, one of many sites that provides healthcare and benefits to veterans. There, he’ll be briefed on storm relief and how Florence impacted multiple VA facilities in the state. Most of North Carolina’s VA…

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Sold! Ripped flag torn apart by Hurricane Florence auctioned for ‘staggering’ amount

Sold! Ripped flag torn apart by Hurricane Florence auctioned for ‘staggering’ amount

An auction of the battered U.S. flag that famously refused to surrender to Hurricane Florence’s 100-mph wind gusts has topped out at $10,900. The flag, known as the Hurricane Florence flag, became a viral sensation when viewers watched it get ripped to shreds on a live cam put atop Frying Pan Tower, 34 miles off the North Carolina coast. Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Sept. 14. News outlets such as the Wilmington…

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Frying Pan Tower flag auctioned off for nearly $11K to benefit Hurricane Florence victims

Frying Pan Tower flag auctioned off for nearly $11K to benefit Hurricane Florence victims

SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WTVD) — The American flag that once sat on top of the Frying Pan Tower has been auctioned off to help the victims of Hurricane Florence. During a live stream, the flag — deemed Kevin — captured the hearts and minds of thousands as Florence lashed the North Carolina coast. Viewers watched as the storm grew closer to shore, battering Old Glory and ultimately, ripping it. Stay on top of breaking news stories…

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What Happens to Houston Cemeteries in Hurricane Season

What Happens to Houston Cemeteries in Hurricane Season

I recently got a chance to tour the new History of Cremation exhibit at the Nation Museum of Funeral History. Various urns make up a significant part of the collection. One in particular is eye-catching, set off to the side. It’s an urn that was rescued from the basement of the Service Corporation International building’s basement after Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston. A framed photo of the drowned city under a beautiful blue sky accompanies it….

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Tropical Storm Rosa nears Mexico’s Baja California coast

Tropical Storm Rosa nears Mexico’s Baja California coast

Tropical Storm Rosa neared northwest Mexico where its heavy rains were expected to cause flooding and landslides before drenching parts of the U.S. Southwest. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Rosa, which was a hurricane until late Sunday, should hit the Baja California Peninsula and Sonora state late Monday. It’s then expected to move quickly northwestward as it weakens, bringing 2 to 4 inches (5-10 centimeters) of rain to the Mogollon Rim of Arizona and…

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Johansen’s 2 goals lead Predators past Hurricanes

Johansen’s 2 goals lead Predators past Hurricanes

Ryan Johansen scored two goals, including the game-deciding strike 21 seconds into overtime, as the Nashville Predators beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 on Sunday. Johansen opened and closed the scoring. He put the Predators ahead 4:13 into the game. Craig Smith also scored two goals and added an assist. Kevin Fiala scored as well. Pekka Rinne stopped 12 of 14 shots in his half of the game before being replaced by Juuse Saros, who made…

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As Johnston County recovers from hurricane, students will get free meals for a month

As Johnston County recovers from hurricane, students will get free meals for a month

All Johnston County students will be eligible for free breakfast and lunch in October as part of the Presidential Declaration for Disaster, the school system announced Sunday. As a result of Hurricane Florence, the school system of 37,000 students was closed for almost a week. The storm also caused flooding on major highways in the county, including some parts of Interstates 40 and 95. The free meals are for all students, regardless of meal account…

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Hurricanes’ final preseason game has a regular-season feel

Hurricanes’ final preseason game has a regular-season feel

On to the real thing. The Carolina Hurricanes closed out an encouraging preseason schedule with an intense game against the Nashville Predators on Sunday at PNC Arena, losing 5-4 on Ryan Johansen’s goal at 21 seconds of OT. Justin Williams, Sebastian Aho and Calvin de Haan each scored even-strength goals, and Martin Necas had a third-period power play score for the Canes, who finished the preseason 5-0-1. Johansen scored twice and Craig Smith had two…

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Homes flooded but no flood insurance: Cross Creek residents struggle after Florence

Homes flooded but no flood insurance: Cross Creek residents struggle after Florence

47 Images Homes flooded but no flood insurance: Cross Creek residents struggle after Florence 43 Images Europe wins Ryder Cup over US 74 Images Photos: Two weeks later, cleanup underway in Carolina Beach and Wilmington 76 Images Wide Open Bluegrass fills downtown Raleigh with color, sound 45 Images Nas, Erykah Badu headline Art of Cool fest in Durham 59 Images Photos: Death toll surpasses 800 after Indonesia earthquake, tsunami 78 Images NC State downs Virginia…

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Spraying fleets deployed to fight post-hurricane mosquitoes

Spraying fleets deployed to fight post-hurricane mosquitoes

Local counties are being proactive to fight a significant increase in mosquito populations after Hurricane Florence. SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Just as April showers bring May flowers, hurricanes bring mosquitoes — and lots of them. Local communities are preparing for an onslaught of pesky, bloodsucking pests as stagnant floodwaters from Hurricane Florence breed increased populations. The threat is great enough the state has already identified 27 counties to split $4 million in emergency mosquito control funding….

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From sewage to Dioxin our polluted waterways

From sewage to Dioxin our polluted waterways

HOUSTON (FOX 26) – From leaking sewage to sludge pits full of dioxin and other chemicals Houston’s water is the focus of discussion. This week’s panel: Jessica Colon – Republican strategist, Nyanza Moore – progressive commentator and Houston attorney, Bob Price – Associate Editor Breitbart Texas,  Tony Diaz- Chicano educator and activist,  Tomaro Bell – Super Neighborhood leader, Bill King – businessman, columnist and former Kemah Mayor. Bayou City Waterkeeper Files Lawsuit against the City of…

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Abbott v. Valdez

Abbott v. Valdez

LEFT: Lupe Valdez on June 18, 2013 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty) RIGHT: Greg Abbott holds a roundtable discussion with victims, family, and friends affected by the Santa Fe shooting on May 24, 2018. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty) LEFT: Lupe Valdez on June 18, 2013 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty) RIGHT: Greg Abbott holds a roundtable discussion with victims, family, and friends affected by the Santa Fe shooting on May 24, 2018. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty) HOUSTON (FOX 26) – this…

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Hurricane Rosa heads for Baja, Southwestern US

Hurricane Rosa heads for Baja, Southwestern US

Hurricane Rosa was on a track Sunday to drench northwest Mexico and parts of the U.S. Southwest, prompting tropical storm warnings for the Baja California coast and flash-flood watches for parts of four U.S. states. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Rosa should still be at tropical storm force when it hits the Baja California Peninsula and Sonora state Monday with flooding rains. It’s then expected to move quickly northwestward as it weakens, bringing 2…

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Chipotle donating proceeds to help Florence efforts

Chipotle donating proceeds to help Florence efforts

On Sunday, Sept. 30, 50 percent of each sale at North Carolina Chipotle restaurants will go directly to the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund. 60 Chipotle restaurants in North Carolina will be taking part from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. The funds will help United Way meet storm-related needs and support recovery efforts through the affected regions. MORE HURRICANE FLORENCE COVERAGE (Copyright ©2018 WTVD-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

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How you can help tiny SC town flooded once again, this time by Florence

How you can help tiny SC town flooded once again, this time by Florence

When Gov. Henry McMaster toured the flooded town of Nichols last weekend, he was looking at a disaster that wasn’t supposed to happen again. After the tiny Marion County town was flooded in 2016 by Hurricane Matthew, Nichols received a $1.5 million grant to reduce the impact of future floods, money that was supposed to help it avoid future calamities. “We were just fixing to get started” on a planned study to divert flood waters…

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Tattered flag famous from Florence auctioned for Red Cross

Tattered flag famous from Florence auctioned for Red Cross

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter American Flag (Source: Pixaby/MGN) WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A tattered U.S. flag that captured attention nationwide as it whipped in the wind on the North Carolina coast during Hurricane Florence is being auctioned to raise money for the American Red Cross. The flag was flying over a light station called Frying Pan Tower as Florence made its final approach earlier this month. – Advertisement – The tower’s owner, Richard…

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Galveston residents roll with punches when it comes to dealing with rain, flooding

Galveston residents roll with punches when it comes to dealing with rain, flooding

GALVESTON, Texas – The unusually wet September in Galveston proved to be challenging for those braving the rain to go outside on Saturday. To Galveston residents, water is no stranger. “I’ve seen a lot of rain. A lot of flooding,” said resident Jonathan Morales. “It’s nasty. It’s nasty! I would not do this for anyone but my daughter,” said Stephanie Burleson, who was trying to pick up her daughter from a cruise. Flash flood warnings…

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Viral sensation Frying Pan Tower flag up for auction after Florence

Viral sensation Frying Pan Tower flag up for auction after Florence

The American flag that survived Hurricane Florence live on camera while flying on Frying Pan Tower can now be yours. SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — As Hurricane Florence made its final slow crawl toward the coast on Sept. 13, a live webcam and an American flag became unlikely weather gauges for hundreds of thousands of viewers across the world to get their first glimpse at the storm’s force. Flying over Frying Pan Tower, 34 miles off Brunswick County’s coast,…

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HURRICANE FLORENCE: Viral sensation Frying Pan Tower flag up for auction

The American flag that survived Hurricane Florence live on camera while flying on Frying Pan Tower can now be yours. SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — As Hurricane Florence made its final slow crawl toward the coast on Sept. 13, a live webcam and an American flag became unlikely weather gauges for hundreds of thousands of viewers across the world to get their first glimpse at the storm’s force. Flying over Frying Pan Tower, 34 miles off Brunswick County’s coast,…

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Greg Abbott, Lupe Valdez face off in Austin debate

Greg Abbott, Lupe Valdez face off in Austin debate

LEFT: Lupe Valdez on June 18, 2013 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty) RIGHT: Greg Abbott holds a roundtable discussion with victims, family, and friends affected by the Santa Fe shooting on May 24, 2018. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty) LEFT: Lupe Valdez on June 18, 2013 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty) RIGHT: Greg Abbott holds a roundtable discussion with victims, family, and friends affected by the Santa Fe shooting on May 24, 2018. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty) AUSTIN, TEXAS – Democratic Candidate…

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There are at least 700 price-gouging cases from Florence so far. Here’s what to watch for.

There are at least 700 price-gouging cases from Florence so far. Here’s what to watch for.

A tree service company told a homeowner it would cost $4,000 to remove three trees after Hurricane Florence, but then the price soared to $7,000, and then again to $12,000, according to North Carolina officials. It’s one of the latest of more than 700 complaints of Hurricane Florence-related price gouging, according to the N.C. Justice Department. Most of the complaints have involved gas and water, office spokeswoman Laura Brewer told The News & Observer in…

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State extends vaccination deadline because of Florence

State extends vaccination deadline because of Florence

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter PHOTO: MGN PHOTO RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Because of disruptions caused by Hurricane Florence, North Carolina health officials are giving families longer to obtain required school and daycare immunizations. The News & Observer reports an order this week by the state’s health director means all students have until Dec. 1 to provide the required documentation. Typically, students must show they have received the required vaccines by the 30th day of school….

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Foegele makes team as Carolina Hurricanes send right message

Foegele makes team as Carolina Hurricanes send right message

There’s still one game to go in the preseason, but the Carolina Hurricanes have their roster and there’s one surprise, a lot of positive reinforcement and still a few gambles that will, most likely, decide whether this season is a success or failure. Saturday’s cuts of Janne Kuokkanen and Saku Maenalanen, among others, established that Warren Foegele had upset the odds and won a spot on the roster, and deservedly so. He came into training…

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Florence will raise Roy Cooper’s profile, but that can be a double-edged sword

Florence will raise Roy Cooper’s profile, but that can be a double-edged sword

The move seems right out of the gubernatorial playbook. When the winds begin to blow, governors ditch their coats and ties for an emergency management shirt, giving them a quasi-military/police look. So it was with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, who has been appearing more regularly on TV than meteorologist Greg Fishel. In September, you could hardly turn on the TV without seeing Cooper, as he dealt with the unfolding tragedy of Hurricane Florence. He…

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Hurricanes get closer to opening night roster

Hurricanes get closer to opening night roster

The Carolina Hurricanes trimmed their training camp roster to 23 on Saturday, sending eight players to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. Rookie forwards Warren Foegele, Martin Necas and Valentin Zykov remain on the Canes roster. Andrei Svechnikov, the Canes’ first-round draft pick this year, also remains in camp. Those assigned to the Checkers were: forwards Janne Kuokkanen, Nicolas Roy and Saku Maenalanen; defensemen Roland McKeown and Michal Cajkovsky, and goalie Alex Nedeljkovic. Forwards Patrick…

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