Good morning, fine citizens. Your daily news:
1. Hurricane Matthew death toll up to eighteen in N.C. It’s a very bad situation in the eastern part of the state. Eighteen deaths have been attributed to the storm, and about 190,000 are still without power. Flooding has ravaged towns. From the News & Observer:
The flooding could continue for several days as rivers and creeks swell. The Neuse River crested in Goldsboro on Tuesday night at a record 29 feet, while the Tar River is expected to rise to 35 feet in Tarboro on Wednesday afternoon and 25 feet in Greenville on Wednesday night. The Neuse is forecast to rise to 27 feet on Friday.
At an emergency shelter at Tarboro High School, which housed 140 people Monday night, those who had been evacuated from Princeville and Tarboro along the Tar River worried about their homes. Many had lived there when Hurricane Floyd flooded them out in 1999.
…Elsewhere, Lenoir County and Kinston were under mandatory evacuation orders for residents near the Neuse River. Early Tuesday, officials in Moore County began evacuating people downstream of Lake Surf, because the dam holding back the lake was nearly ready to break, they said. Sandbags were piled at the dam to stabilize it, but the National Weather Service kept a flash-flood warning in effect.
Roughly 4,000 people are staying in emergency shelters in eastern and central parts of the state, the N&O reports, with a quarter of them in Lumberton, which was hit particularly hard.
2. McCrory, Cooper square off in debate. At one point, Cooper asked McCrory, “What planet are you on?” in reference to McCrory blaming Charlotte for HB 2. The issue of body cameras also came up. From WRAL:
Cooper also criticized the passage this summer of a law exempting video recorded by police body cameras and dashboard cameras from the state’s public records laws. He said more transparency is needed to improve the relationship between law enforcement and some communities statewide “who feel targeted, and they yearn to be heard, and they yearn for respect.” McCrory said the law takes politics out of the decision of publicly releasing sometimes controversial videos.
The policing issue elicited a question from moderator Chuck Todd of NBC News about the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I think all lives should matter,” McCrory responded. “We should value every single human life, but we do have to recognize the anger that communities have with how they interact with law enforcement.”
“All lives matter”—this freaking guy. Also yesterday, reports surfaced that McCrory has been whining about how people have reacted to the discriminatory law he signed. Poor Pat.
3. Obama in Greensboro. The president came to Greensboro yesterday to campaign for Hillary Clinton. He also addressed rumors that he is a demon from hell who smells like sulfur.
4. Another deported Durham teenager. The N&O takes a close look at the case of Ingrid Portillo:
A Durham high school student deported last month was allowed to stay in the United States for nearly two years under one federal policy and then removed after she turned 18 under another.
Ingrid Portillo fled her native El Salvador after her father was murdered and his killers threatened her life, U.S. Rep G.K. Butterfield has said. Butterfield, a Democrat from Wilson, unsuccessfully sought a stay of deportation for Portillo and criticized her removal while her case was pending.
Wildin Acosta, another Durham teenager detained by ICE, is back in Durham.
5. Mebane girl abducted, sexually assaulted. From WNCN:
The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of an 11-year-old girl being kidnapped while waiting for the school bus on Mebane Oaks Road at Horner Farm Trail in Mebane on Tuesday, deputies said.
A witness to the abduction told officers the suspect was driving a gray 4-door car similar to a Buick. The car might have a sticker on the back that includes a skull.
Authorities say the suspected abductor drove the victim near the Alamance/Orange County line and sexually assaulted her.
The girl was then allowed to get out of the car. She ran away and flagged down another car for help, according to the sheriff’s office.
That’s all for this morning. See ya this time tomorrow.