North Carolina News
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s two major-party U.S. Senate candidates have agreed to participate in a televised debate next month. The campaigns of Democrat Cheri Beasley and Republican Ted Budd said on Wednesday they would participate in an Oct. 7 debate that will be aired on Spectrum News 1. The cable channel also confirmed the debate. Budd’s participation comes after he declined to join his Republican competitors in four televised debates leading up to the May primary. There were no Senate Democratic primary debates on TV, as Beasley’s top rivals dropped out of the race months before the election.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Nearly six years after extreme rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Matthew damaged many North Carolina homes, some homeowners are still left waiting on repairs. Some residents have spent years in motels or other temporary housing accommodations while a North Carolina agency makes slow progress spending federal funds for long-term hurricane recovery. A bipartisan General Assembly committee investigating the delays held its first meeting Wednesday on the four-year anniversary of when Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina. Co-Chair Rep. John Bell’s district along the Neuse River incurred some of the worst flooding damage statewide. He said he’s seeking accountability on behalf of his displaced constituents.