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Suicide raises Florence death toll to 41 in North Carolina

Nov. 5, 2018 3:36 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's official death toll from Hurricane Florence is now 41, after a man whose home was damaged by two hurricanes in the past three years took his own life. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner added the 69-year-old Robeson County man to the Florence death count last...

Hurricane-walloped North Carolina votes again after Big 1

Oct. 14, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For a Southern state regularly exposed to hurricanes, call it an election Florence-style. In 2016, North Carolina voters cast their ballots just four weeks after Hurricane Matthew unleashed devastating floodwaters on the state's eastern half. This fall, they're voting about seven weeks...

Correction: Tropical Weather-The Latest story

Oct. 12, 2018 3:41 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — In a story Oct. 11 about Hurricane Michael, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Karen Clark & Company is an insurance company. Karen Clark & Company is a risk-modeling firm. A corrected version of the story is below: The Latest: Georgia crops hit hard by...

Cooper unveils $1.5B Florence aid package, seeks $750M now

Oct. 10, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper asked state legislators Wednesday for $750 million toward a proposed long-term $1.5 billion Hurricane Florence recovery effort, with an early focus on housing, farms, business and schools. The Democratic governor unveiled his request while providing new...

Florence damage to N Carolina schools could exceed Matthew's

Oct. 3, 2018 7:57 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's public school officials expect damage from Hurricane Florence to well exceed school losses after Hurricane Matthew two years ago, a Department of Public Instruction official told the state's board of education Wednesday. After receiving a record number of claims, the...

After Florence, North Carolina political unity to be tested

Sep. 29, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As Hurricane Florence was thrashing North Carolina earlier this month, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's leadership amid the devastation won widespread praise, including some from Republican politicians who have been passing laws to undercut him ever since he was elected. He offered...

The Latest: Waste treatment plant disabled due to flooding

Sep. 26, 2018 8:38 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the effects of Hurricane Florence (all times local): 8:30 p.m. South Carolina state health and environmental officials say a wastewater treatment plant is not working due to flooding from Hurricane Florence and untreated wastewater is now being discharged into a...

North Carolina editorial roundup

Sep. 26, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Sept. 24 News & Record of Greensboro on voters' awareness of proposed amendments to the state constitution: You plan to vote this election season, more and more of you are saying, a remarkable concept for an off-year election in North Carolina, when...

New Florence flooding forecasts are good news for S Carolina

Sep. 26, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

BUCKSPORT, S.C. (AP) — The last community in the way of Hurricane Florence's floodwaters as they slowly flow to the sea got some good news Wednesday — the predictions aren't as dire as they once were. And it appears the Waccamaw River won't top a lake of coal ash or the main highway to Myrtle Beach....

The Latest: Tropical Storm Kirk moving west across Atlantic

Sep. 22, 2018 11:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Florence (all times local): 11 p.m. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Kirk is continuing to move west across the eastern Atlantic but does not currently pose any threat to land. In a Saturday night update, the National Hurricane Center said Kirk...