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3 NC electric coops get $22M total for hurricane damage
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Three North Carolina electric cooperatives will share more than $22 million as reimbursement from the state and federal governments for systems damaged during Hurricane Florence last year.
The state Department of Public Safety says the Carteret-Craven, Four County and Tideland electric cooperatives will receive the money as reimbursement.
High winds, rain and flooding caused by the hurricane damaged poles, lines and transformers.
The cooperatives provide electrical service to Beaufort, Bladen, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Sampson and Washington counties.
Four County Electric Membership Corp. will receive more than $11 million, and Tideland will receive more than $9 million. Tideland will receive about $2 million.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay more than $16 million of the cost. North Carolina’s share is more than $5.5 million.



Despite budget impasse, House unanimously OKs stopgap plan
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Debate over a narrow spending package to help North Carolina government operate in the new fiscal year turned into finger-pointing over a broader budget impasse.
The House unanimously approved on Wednesday what Republican budget-writers call a “stopgap” spending bill and sent it to the Senate.
There’s been no danger of a government shutdown since the year began July 1 even as Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a two-year budget written by Republican legislators. But Wednesday’s measure provides money for items like public school enrollment growth, anticipated juvenile justice case increases and tax collection improvements.
While some Republicans pointed out what they consider good items in their budget bill are absent from the stopgap plan, Democrats blamed GOP leaders for failing to negotiate with Cooper in good faith to end the deadlock.



Dem in NC US House race redo: $1.74M raised last quarter
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Democrat in a special U.S. House election forced by a ballot-collection scandal reports raising $1.74 million in the three months ending in June.
The quarterly fundraising total means Dan McCready’s campaign has nearly $1.8 million to spend for September’s special election.
The April through June period included a Republican primary in which state Sen. Dan Bishop finished atop nine other GOP candidates in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.
Bishop’s campaign didn’t respond to a request for similar fundraising figures. McCready spokesman Matt Fried wouldn’t release the full campaign fundraising report ahead of Monday’s federal deadline.
Last November’s election was voided after a political operative working for the former GOP candidate collected and could have tampered with mail-in ballots.



NCAA charges NC State with 4 men’s hoops violations
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The NCAA has charged North Carolina State with four violations, accusing a former assistant coach of providing payments and benefits connected to the recruitment of one-and-done basketball player Dennis Smith Jr.
The school said Wednesday that its notice of allegations was received Tuesday, and now has 90 days to respond.
The notice includes four serious charges, with two that are potential top-level charges. The NCAA alleges that former assistant Orlando Early provided Smith and his associates approximately $46,700 in impermissible inducements and benefits – including $40,000 that a government witness testified he delivered to Early intended for Smith’s family.
The NCAA also said former coach Mark Gottfried, now coaching at Cal State Northridge, was “presumed responsible” and “did not demonstrate” that he monitored Early for compliance.



Woman’s horseback protest against pipeline is almost done
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A Virginia woman who mounted a horseback protest against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is nearing the end of her journey through three states.
The Fayetteville Observer reports Sarah Murphy arrived this week in Cumberland County, North Carolina, after riding along the pipeline’s route and expects to finish in the next week or so near Pembroke.
The 36-year-old Murphy and her two horses have been traveling since she left her home near Charlottesville, Virginia, in September.
The 600-mile, $7 billion natural gas pipeline is to run from the mountains of West Virginia to eastern Virginia and to Robeson County in North Carolina. Construction began last year but has been delayed by federal litigation.
The pipeline is a project of Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas.



‘Miracle on the Hudson’ plane going into storage until 2022
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The passenger jet that survived a bird strike and crash landing in the Hudson River in New York 10 years ago is going into storage while the museum where it’s currently displayed seeks a new home.
The Charlotte Observer reports the Carolinas Aviation Museum holds the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ plane in a 40,000-square-foot hangar at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, but the museum is closing temporarily, starting Sunday.
Jessica Mallicote is the museum’s vice president of advancement and marketing. She says the hangar will be occupied by manufacturing tech company Honeywell, which announced its move to Charlotte in November. Mallicote said the museum will work with the city and the airport to find a new space.
The airplane will be stored at the airport until the museum reopens in 2022.



Swiss manufacturer to bring over 400 jobs to Orange County
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – State officials say a Swiss manufacturer is bringing more than 400 jobs to a North Carolina county.
Gov. Roy Cooper’s office announced on Wednesday that ABB, whose North American headquarters is in Cary, plans to consolidate its distribution and manufacturing hub in Mebane, about 46 miles (74 kilometers) west of Raleigh. The company will invest up to $39.9 million to upgrade equipment and increase the size of its current Orange County facility.
ABB, which makes industrial equipment, becomes the county’s largest private employer.
According to Cooper’s office, the company received an incentive package from the state worth $7.6 million. The incentive package was approved at an economic investment committee meeting in Raleigh on Wednesday.
The minimum average wage of $70,789 is greater than Orange County’s average wage of $46,112.



Tougher penalty for some ‘move-over’ violations finalized
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The General Assembly is increasing the criminal penalty for motorists who violate North Carolina’s “move-over” law and a first responder dies or is seriously injured.
The Senate agreed on Wednesday to House changes to the bill, which responds to the December death of a Lumberton officer which occurred when authorities say a passing car struck him during an investigation.
The move-over law requires motorists to change lanes or otherwise slow down when they approach police cruisers with flashing emergency lights. The bill heading to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk would create a more severe felony when serious injury or death occurs, with possible prison time for someone with an otherwise clean record.
The final bill also makes it unlawful for vehicles to use flashing or strobing amber lights, with exceptions.