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N Carolina county gets $2.3M for hurricane debris cleanup
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An eastern North Carolina county is receiving more than $2.3 million for reimbursement of debris cleanup from Hurricane Florence.
The state Department of Public Safety says in a news release that the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are providing the money. FEMA already has approved more than $12.2 million to Carteret County for Florence-related expenses.
The latest funds will reimburse the county for contracted debris monitoring services and for the removal of vegetation and other debris from public rights of way.
Debris from disaster can pose a threat to public health, safety, natural resources and tourism.
Under FEMA’s public assistance program, the agency reimburses applicants at least 75% of eligible costs, and the state covers the remaining 25%.



Gang member sentenced in N Carolina for heroin distribution
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal officials say a high-ranking gang member has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to heroin distribution charges.
U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon Jr. said in a news release that 31-year-old Andre Hall of New Hanover County was sentenced Thursday to 151 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Hall had pleaded guilty in April.
Authorities say Hall was found in possession of 45 bags of heroin when he was arrested in December. At that time, a spokeswoman for the Wilmington police identified him as a member of the Bloods gang.
Higdon says Hall broke a deputy’s nose and finger when he tried to flee as he was being arrested.



Body found on Cape Fear River believed to be missing boater
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A body found in the Cape Fear River is believed to be a missing boater.
The body was found Sunday morning.
Media reports say the man hasn’t been seen since he jumped in the river in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Friday to retrieve his boat, which had drifted off the trailer as he was putting it in the water.
His boat was found shortly after he was reported missing on Friday. Crews used drones, sonar and divers to search for him.
The body was found in Fayetteville around 4 a.m., and authorities say it matched the missing boater’s description.
Media outlets report that officials are working to confirm it’s him.



North Carolina group protests at ICE detention center
(Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – About 60 people from North Carolina traveled to Virginia this weekend to protest outside of a privately-owned detention center for Immigration Customs Enforcement.
WRAL-TV reports that members of the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church traveled from Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday to Farmville, Virginia, to pray and demonstrate outside the facility.
The Rev. Nancy Petty is the pastor at the church. She says people who are being held in detention centers are people fleeing violence and persecution.
Petty says the United States needs to find a different way to respond to people who need help.
Petty says these are concerns discussed from the pulpit in church, and members of the group were moved to take their beliefs on the road in protest.



N Carolina city will survey African American buildings
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina city will use federal grant money to help it inventory homes, churches and public buildings designed and built by African Americans.
The News & Record reports the city of Greensboro has received a $12,000 Historic Preservation Fund grant for the project. The city also is spending $10,000 on the project.
City senior planner Mike Cowhig says state officials have suggested that Greensboro do a comprehensive survey of buildings associated with African American designers and buildings because some communities are underrepresented in historic preservation.
The city said in a news release that the first phase will focus on modernist structures in eastern Greensboro and Benbow Park that were designed by African American architects.
He says the city likely will survey the public for more information about historically significant buildings.



Couple wins $1M in lottery after stopping for gas fill up
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) – It turned out to be a good time to be running out of gas.
North Carolina lottery officials say a West Virginia couple vacationing in North Carolina bought a $2 Powerball ticket after running low on gas and won $1 million.
Dennis Woolwine told lottery officials that he and his wife, Michelle, were driving to check on their beach house in the Outer Banks when their gas light came on.
He says they went inside a Circle K in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, for a drink and decided to also get a lottery ticket.
They live in Charles Town, West Virginia.



Political show ‘NC Spin’ won’t have contract renewed
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A television show on North Carolina politics and public affairs is ending at the end of the year after almost 22 years on the air.
The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the founder of “NC Spin” learned in an email that the show will end after its contract is up this year.
Tom Campbell told the newspaper he had heard the program has been the subject of conversations with members of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, after the show was critical of the board over its handling of higher education officials.
Kevin Fitzgerald, the interim executive director and general manager of UNC-TV, told the newspaper it was “a programing decision” not to renew the contract.



Medicaid, budget fight test North Carolina governor’s clout
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper often got steamrolled by Republicans who held comfortable legislative majorities during his first two years on the job, but that’s changed since his party made electoral gains.
Cooper has issued far fewer vetoes this year, as Republicans have sent him fewer pieces of contentious legislation because they no longer have veto-proof power. Democratic legislators also stood united with Cooper in upholding his veto of a “born-alive” abortion bill.
Cooper’s leverage is now being tested in a budget stalemate, as he pressures Republican legislators to expand Medicaid. He vetoed the state budget last month in part because it failed to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of people.
Republicans accuse Cooper of holding up what they call a great budget because of a “Medicaid-or-nothing ultimatum.”



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