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HAITI PROTESTS-STRANDED AMERICANS
Haiti unrest strands a number of US volunteer groups
Volunteer groups from several U.S. states are stranded in Haiti after violent protests over fuel prices canceled flights and made roads unsafe.
Church groups in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama are among those who haven’t been able to leave, according to newspaper and television reports.
Chapin United Methodist Church in South Carolina posted online Sunday that its mission team is safe but stranded. Marcy Kenny, assimilation minister for the church, told The State newspaper that the group is hoping the unrest will abate enough for them to make it to the airport.
A North Carolina doctor and his son were part of a medical mission group had flights canceled. Shelley Collins tells WRAL-TV that her husband, James, and their son made it to an airport but were having trouble getting a flight.
BEACH DREDGING PROJECT
Beach town considers resuming dredging to contain stormwater
CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina beach town is considering whether to continue with a lake dredging process that was halted after an Army complaint.
The Carolina Beach Town Council will consider at its meeting Tuesday whether to finish a project of deepening Carolina Beach Lake so it would catch more storm water and help prevent street flooding.
The StarNews reports that the project was about halfway done when it was halted late last year after Army officials told them they couldn’t dump the dredged up material on undeveloped land owned by the military.
Mayor Joe Benson said options include using dredging funds for something else or developing a plan to deposit dredged material as an island in the middle of the lake. He told the newspaper he hopes the dredging will resume.
NORTH CAROLINA-SWIMMER DIES
Swimmer dies in rough conditions off North Carolina
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) – A man has died after being swept away by rough surf and strong currents of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
The Town of Kill Devil Hills issued a news release saying the man went swimming Saturday despite red flags that showed swimming was prohibited because of rough conditions.
Town officials say the man in his 60s was caught in strong currents that moved him quickly to the South.
Lifeguards jumped in and pulled him out, but he was unresponsive. Lifeguards and paramedics tried CPR. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. His name wasn’t immediately released.
Several people have died off the Outer Banks this year swimming in rough conditions.
Authorities didn’t immediately return messages asking whether a tropical weather system off the East Coast contributed to the death.
Feds might allow fishermen to catch more East Coast skates
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The federal government is looking to allow fishermen to catch more skates, which are caught on both coasts for use as food and bait.
Skates are bottom-dwelling fish that are often sold in fish markets as “skate wing.” The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is proposing to increase the annual catch limit for skates by about 8 percent, to nearly 70 million pounds.
The biggest skate producing states are Alaska, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, though the fish are brought to land as far south as California on the West Coast and North Carolina on the East Coast. The proposed rule changes would apply to a management plan for Northeastern skates.
NOAA is accepting public comments about the proposal until Aug. 6.
Beryl dissipates after Dominica, easing threat to others
YABUCOA, Puerto Rico (AP) – The remnant of Tropical Storm Beryl has rushed over Dominica but then dissipated, lessening the threat to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which had braced for heavy rains and strong winds less than a year after being battered by hurricanes.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the system’s winds will fall below gale force during the night as it heads on a path expected to take it south of those islands. But forecasters also caution that people should be alert for possible heavy rain that could cause flooding or mudslides.
Beryl disintegrated as a tropical storm shortly before crossing over Dominica, which is still rebuilding more than nine months after Hurricane Maria killed dozens of people.
There was no early word on damage from the storm on Dominica.
BC-TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST
The Latest: TS Beryl disintegrates as heads for Caribbean
MIAMI (AP) – Tropical Storm Beryl has disintegrated as it zips toward the eastern Caribbean.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says, however that a tropical storm watch remains in effect for Dominica. The island has imposed a curfew and officials warn that the water system will be shut down as a preventive measure.
Forecasters say the storm’s remnants are expected to produce 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) of rain, with up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) in isolated areas.
The storm still had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) late Sunday afternoon. It was centered 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Martinique and was racing west-northwestward at 26 mph (43 kph).
Cooper promises full Hurricane Matthew recovery to Lumbees
PEMBROKE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is promising people in southern North Carolina he will do all he can to make sure they recover from flooding from Hurricane Matthew.
Cooper spoke Saturday at the last day of the 50th annual Lumbee Homecoming at UNC-Pembroke. The Native American tribe is headquartered in Robeson County.
Cooper says along with making sure to secure all the recovery money he can for Hurricane Matthew, he will also fight for better education, health care and more money in people’s pockets.
Hurricane Matthew dumped more than 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain in October 2016, causing widespread flooding in the region.
Cooper also participated in the parade held by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society at the university.
Democrats may reject Republican convention in Charlotte
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Some members of Charlotte’s Democratic dominated City Council are suggesting they should turn down the 2200 Republican National Convention if the party chooses the North Carolina city later this month.
The members told The Charlotte Observer their concerns aren’t entirely political. Some worry dangerous protesters could take over the city. Others say President Donald Trump is too divisive of a figure and a Republican convention when he isn’t in office would be fine.
The Republican National Committee is meeting July 17-20. Few cities have made public bids for the 2020 convention. Charlotte has only been joined by Las Vegas.
Democrats hold a 9-2 advantage on the Charlotte City Council, but it is unclear if they would have any power to reject the convention once it is awarded.