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This is the state of things I’m Frank Stasio , the storm has passed. But for many in North Carolina . The worst is yet to come . The Cape Fear River is expected to crest tomorrow at over 61 feet , and a number of rivers are expected to remain at various flood stages into next week , we’ll get the latest on Florence plus why the wealth gap matters the gulf between rich and poor in America continues to grow with profound and destructive consequences experts use wealth inequality is a marker for social and political instability , it has implications for homicide rates , education levels and health outcomes a collaboration at the UNC schools of law business and public health examines the causes and solutions and in North Carolina author launches his first mystery series with a novel set in Hillsborough Hetherington , talks about the last girl gone just ahead on the state of things .
Live from NPR News. In Washington , I’m Lakshmi saying judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley , says his team has reached out to Christine Blassie Ford several times to formally invite her to testify Monday about her sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Barack have an up the Grassley told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt Ford’s lawyer has not yet responded . NPR , a White House correspondent Keith has more about how the hearing is shaping up .
Grassley told Hugh Hewitt many details are yet to be determined , for instance , how the questioning will work and even who will conduct it senators on the Judiciary Committee are most likely , but there’s also talk of bringing in an outside lawyer. This much is certain though Grassley only expect there to be 2 witnesses .
We got 2 people involved and 2 people ought to be able to present their stories and then we will have to be the jury.
Some Democrats have suggested a 3rd person who Ford said was in the room at the time of the alleged attack be called as well. Democrats also want the FBI to investigate the incident before any hearing but Grassley says that isn’t happening Tamir Keith NPR News .
Communities across the Carolinas are recovering from Hurricane Florence remnants of the storm heavy downpours have inflicted flash floods across the region at least 32 people have died as a result of the storm. Lawrence is responsible for multiple disruptions , the city of Greensboro , North Carolina , says about 63,000 gallons of untreated wastewater flowed for several hours into a tributary of the state’s Cape Fear River basin over the weekend . Now that the trouble administration is moving forward with higher tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports , China is retaliating today Beijing’s commerce et ministry announced it would impose tariffs of 5% to 10% and 60 billion dollars in US goods and the duties would keep rising . If Washington continued to escalate its tariffs . The European Union is proposing reforms to the World Trade Organization after President Trump threatened to withdraw the US from the WTO unless there were significant changes as Terry shelter reports . While the EU is coming up with ways to reform the global body it is criticizing Trump stack .
Ticks. EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem says the EU shares the US view that the WTO needs an overhaul that market distortions must be tackled with updated rules we’d really must reform and strengthen the organization . But while mobster emphasizes the need for consensus the Trump administration is ramping up pressure by blocking the appointment of appeals judges to underscore its displeasure with their reliance on litigation Malmstroem disapproves of the US reliance on tariffs , including new ones in Washington just imposed on China this escalation is very unfortunate Malmstroem says Europe agrees . China needs to change its policies but the trade wars aren’t the answer for NPR News , I’m Teri Schultz in Brussels .
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It’s 12-4. Good afternoon . I’m Eric Hodge . This is news from W UNC , the number of households without power is steadily declining as crews work to restore electricity after Hurricane Florence authorities say more than 300,000 customers are still in the dark . But that’s down from nearly a million over the weekend . Duke Energy says it will likely take another week to restore power to every house that lasted hundreds of people are lining up for food , water and tarps in Wilmington , a city that is still largely cut off from the rest of the state workers are handing out supplies today using a system that resembles a restaurant drive through businesses are slowly and carefully starting to open in southeast North Carolina but as WH Q ours Rachel Lewis he’ll burn reports isolated instances of looting prompted curfews and a strong response from law enforcement .
The first reports of looting came in from Brunswick County last week where deputies arrested 4 men for breaking into cars and businesses. The next day . Wilmington , officials said they were seeking the suspects caught on video looting a Family Dollar Store , authorities say they’ve now arrested 5 people for allegedly looting a separate dollar store in the city district attorney , Ben-David says Florence hasn’t stopped law enforcement .
It’s never been a worst time to be a criminal then right now we have so many people out on the street , wearing a badge and patrolling these areas. And if you get arrested . Right now it’s going to be a little bit until the courts are open and you might be in our jail .
The courts are closed around the region over the next week , but law enforcement officials still plan to conduct first appearances in a holding cell Rachel Lewis he’ll burn WH our news.
There are flood warnings for parts of the Piedmont in the Sand Hills today. Partly sunny this afternoon slight chance of thunderstorms . Highs in the mid ’80s tonight cloudy to starting gradual clearing with scattered showers possible those around 70 it’ll be sunny tomorrow . Highs in the mid to upper ’80s . This is North Carolina Public Radio W UNC .
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This is the state of things from the American tobacco historic district I’m Frank Stasio hurricane Florence will be remembered throughout our state as a devastating storm that claimed the lives so far of 25 North Carolinians did damage to billions of dollars worth of property. And there is more to come . The floodwaters it unleashed continue to gush through communities in central and eastern parts of the state will has W UN sees Daily News producer and he joins us now with the latest hello will Frank , what is the latest the storm obviously is passed out of the state . But now we’re seeing flooding tell us what we’re seeing .
Yeah it’s really nerve-wracking because people were especially in south eastern North Carolina we’re seeing the sun for the first time yesterday in probably 4 or 5 days. At the same time , there were still some scattered thunderstorms forecast throughout the central and eastern part of the state today . So it’s this nerve wracking feeling of people who have had to evacuate watching the rain in some places just still not stopping . And on the other hand , waiting for rivers to crest North Carolina‘s major rivers are expected to crest sometime today and waiting for that to happen , so people can actually get back to their homes and see kind of what the damage has done , I won’t throw too many numbers at you but I will say that there are still more than 300,000 households still without power in North Carolina , but that is down from nearly a million over the weekend . So that is a little bit of good news . Duke Energy says will still take probably another week to get power on to everyone who lost it during the storm .
Where have we seen the most damage and the need for the most assistance.
In a few different areas , one is Wilmington , which got cut off from the entire rest of the state. The other day because of flooding on I-40 and flooding on Highway 74 to the east and west . So really , there was no way to get supplies to Wilmington for awhile except for airlifting them now . There is one road that so we understand is open to Wilmington but that’s being used , according to the Department of Transportation by emergency workers trying to get supplies in and a few people out if they can but they are telling drivers to really avoid that because again officials are trying to use that road to get in and in and out . Fayetteville is another hard-hit area we are watching the Cape Fear River today it is expected to crest . It is as of now , into a major flood stage and there is no category above the major flood stage .
Yeah , and it hasn’t quite crested yet , we’re looking at , perhaps tomorrow for most of these rivers , right.
Right. And I should say that it it is as has already passed levels of hurricane Matthew to give you a sense of what the flooding is like because places like Fayetteville in Lumberton had epic flooding 2 years ago from Hurricane Matthew if these are expected to be , you know . 5 hundred or a thousand year reign events . We’ve had 2 of them in the last 2 year .
Sam what about food shortages again parts of the state have been absolutely cut off some supplies are now getting through are people running out of food. What’s happening . Well .
Wilmington is another good example here for that because today actually workers were able to get in more supplies there is they’ve set up this kind of drive through style way of getting supplies they have set up a line of pallets on a city street next to those is a long line of cars that are lined up to get supplies. They put in their order they say I’d like some , you know , the case of water and some ready made meals or a tarp , and then they drove away .