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Duke Study: Well Water Contaminent Comes From Nature, Not Coal Ash PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 27 October 2016 15:28
Hexavalent chromium found in well water is naturally occurring and not from nearby coal ash ponds according to a Duke researcher.
It was initially believed the cancer-causing toxin was coming from coal ash ponds. But Duke professor Avner Vengosh said his new study shows the dangerous compound is naturally occurring across the state. Hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium-6, is a carcinogen made famous by the Erin Brockovich case. The heavy metal has been linked to myriad health problems, including cancer.
Vengosh said his team found the toxin in wells many miles from coal ash pits, and that the technology researchers used allowed them to trace it to the natural geology of the Piedmont.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2016 15:43
Governor Offers $5000 Reward In OC GOP Firebombing PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:34
Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the state is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the firebombing that occurred at the Orange County Republican Headquarters.
"The firebombing of a local political headquarters was clearly an act of intimidation and I'm going to do everything I can to find the individual or individuals who committed this assault on our democracy," said Governor McCrory. "I remain committed to using every resource as governor to assist local authorities in this investigation."
On Sunday morning, October 16, 2016, at approximately 8:58 a.m., it was reported through the Orange County Communications Center that a fire had occurred at the Headquarters located at 347 Ja-Max Dr. in Hillsborough. The fire caused significant damage before extinguishing itself.
Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:38
Matthew Death Toll Stands At 25 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 17 October 2016 12:44
Governor Pat McCrory visited flood-affected areas in Craven and Pender counties today, and provided an update on the ongoing recovery efforts in response to flooding brought by Hurricane Matthew.
"The teamwork and preparation by officials in Craven and Pender counties has helped save lives. While our recovery efforts are going strong, we still have many people who need assistance," said Governor McCrory. "The good news is that most of the rivers have now crested and are currently receding, but we still have a long way to go."
The number of storm-related fatalities now stands at 25. A previously reported fatality in Robeson County has since been attributed to a separate cause of death.
The governor announced that additional federal assistance is now available for residents in three counties. Martin County is now eligible for both public and individual assistance and individuals in Washington and Tyrrell counties can now apply for federal assistance.
Portions of the state remain under flood warnings. The Neuse River at Kinston also reached record-high levels and is not expected to drop below major flood stage until late Wednesday. The Lumber River is currently receding throughout Robeson County, and is expected to drop below major flood stage this afternoon.
The Tar River has dropped below major flood stage at Tarboro, but it is not expected to drop below major flood stage in Greenville until Tuesday morning. The Cape Fear River has now crested and is currently receding in all areas. All the rivers should be below flood stage by October 24 at the latest. Governor McCrory reiterated that there are no plans to voluntarily release water upstream from dams.
The number of statewide power outages continues to drop, down to only 1,900 from a peak of over 800,000.
Over 600 roads remain closed through central and eastern North Carolina due to damage or flooding, but Governor McCrory announced that the North Carolina Department of Transportation has re-opened I-95 today. The governor reminded drivers not to rely on GPS devices for road closure and detour information. Call 5-1-1 or download the ReadyNC app, for the latest road closure updates.
Monetary contributions to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew can be made by texting NCRECOVERS to 30306 or by visiting NCDisasterRelief.org. This is one of the best ways to help fund long-term recovery efforts. Additionally, information regarding monetary donations to recognize North Carolina relief organizations can be found at NCVoad.org, a fast, flexible and effective method of assisting North Carolinians who are in need.
Monetary contributions help ensure a steady flow of important services to those impacted.
Monetary contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are a fast, flexible and effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed.
Local organizations spend the money in the local affected community, accelerating its economic recovery.
Monetary donations, rather than un-solicited donated goods, avoid the complicated, costly and time-consuming process of collecting, transporting and distributing these goods.
For more information about hurricane recovery in your area, call 2-1-1. For more details about Hurricane Matthew impacts and relief efforts, vist the Hurricane Matthew resource site. Follow N.C. Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook for the latest on Hurricane Matthew.
No Special Session For Hurricane Matthew PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Thursday, 13 October 2016 14:15
Legislative leaders have rejected a call from Democratic legislators for a special session to deal with the damage in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. 
Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue, a Raleigh Democrat, and two of his Senate colleagues said at a news conference that the legislature should meet to address the expansive needs brought on by flooding.
A special session of the legislature in 1999 appropriated more than $836 million to help homeowners, farmers and businesses recover from Hurricane Floyd.
That 1999 session was not called until about three months after the hurricane. Blue said there is no reason to wait this year.
Republicans disagreed. Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore sent out a statement saying it would be “imprudent to try to determine long-term needs until floodwaters recede and immediate threats to safety are controlled.”
About a third of the state’s counties are a federal disaster area. Flooding has forced thousands of people out of homes and into shelters, shuttered businesses and schools, and destroyed crops.
McCrory said this week the state has enough in disaster funds to last until February. By that time, the legislature will be back for its regular session.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2016 14:30

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