NCDP Clips for Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Track of Joaquin moves farther offshore (Outer Banks Sentinel) — While Governor Pat McCrory declared a State of Emergency in all North Carolina’s 100 counties on Oct. 1, National Weather Service meteorologist-in-charge Richard Bandy told the Sentinel that "based on wind speed probabilities." Hurricane Joaquin has—as of today—been downgraded. The forecast now calls for "tropical storm conditions possible" for Sunday and Monday.
Hurricane Joaquin’s forecast track continues to shift east (WRAL-TV) — Hurricane Joaquin could end up missing the United States altogether as its forecast track continues to shift to the east,
Mandatory evacuation ordered on Ocracoke Island (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot) — A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for Ocracoke. The Hyde County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to declare a state of emergency and order the evacuation, effective at 3 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release.
Approaching storm cancels Buxton beach nourishment plan (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot) — A meeting about a beach nourishment plan for Buxton on Hatteras Island has been postponed because of the approaching storm. The meeting had been scheduled Thursday. The National Park Service says the meeting on the environmental assessment of the beach plan will be rescheduled.
NC Will Avoid a Direct Hit from Hurricane Joaquin; Heavy Rain Still Likely (TWCN-TV) — North Carolina will avoid a direct hit from Hurricane Joaquin, but flooding rains are still possible across the state from Friday into the weekend.
Rain falling across much of central NC; dangerous flooding possible (WRAL-TV) — Moderate to heavy rain began falling across much of central and eastern North Carolina early Friday, beginning a three-day stretch that will include multiple inches of rain that could lead to flooding. A stalled cold front along the East Coast is interacting with an area of low pressure, helping pull moisture up from the Gulf of Mexico into the Carolinas. A flash flood watch is in effect for the entire state through 8 p.m. on Sunday, and rainfall rates could be up to 1 inch per hour in heavier showers.
Hurricane Joaquin no longer seen as major threat to US (Reuters) — Slow-moving Hurricane Joaquin is not expected to be a major threat to the U.S. East Coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. A westerly shift in the forecast track of Joaquin spared the Carolinas, New York and New Jersey, where Sandy killed more than 120 people and caused $70 billion of property damage in October 2012.
McCrory compares storm threat to deadly 1999 Hurricane Floyd (AP) — The threat of Hurricane Joaquin hitting the state following days of soaking rain could be as serious as a 1999 storm spawned flooding that wiped out thousands of homes and left 51 people dead, Gov. Pat McCrory said.
Price gouging law in effect due to Hurricane Joaquin, Attorney General Cooper says (N.C. Political News) — North Carolina’s price gouging law is now in effect because a state of emergency has been declared due to Hurricane Joaquin,
McCrory signs fetal tissue sale ban bill (AP) — A bill banning the sale of fetal tissue from aborted fetuses in North Carolina is now law.
McCrory Signs Legislation Into Law (McCrory News Release) — Gov. Pat McCrory signed the following bills into law today. S.B. 119 – General Statutes Commission Technical Corrections ; H.B. 735 – DPS Changes; H.B. 259 – General Government Technical Corrections; H.B. 297 – End Marketing/Sale Unborn Children Body Parts; S.B. 159 – Corrected Revaluations/Minimal Property Tax Refunds.
End-of-Session Health Care Wrap-up (N.C. Health News) — This year, the big health care story at the General Assembly was the decision to overhaul North Carolina’s Medicaid program, and that heavy legislative lift was enough to sideline many lighter health care bills. But a number of bills did find their way onto the floors of the House and Senate in the waning days of the 2015 legislative session, where they garnered enough votes to head to the desk of Gov. Pat McCrory. Here are some:
General Assembly slams door on community-based ID cards (Greensboro News & Record) — Greensboro officials are considering their options after the legislature passed a bill that prohibits the city from accepting community-based ID cards.
Nearly 50 New NC Laws Went into Effect This Week (Women AdvaNCe) — The North Carolina General Assembly finally adjourned and a flurry of controversial new laws went on the books. What do those laws mean for North Carolina women and families? We give you the low-down.
SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
More Teachers Leave N.C. To Teach In Other States (WUNC-FM) — More teachers are leaving North Carolina to teach in other states, according to a report from the Department of Public Instruction. It shows 1,082 of the state’s teachers left for classrooms in other parts of the country last year. That’s more than triple the number that left for other states in 2010.
Teacher turnover in North Carolina reaches 5-year high (AP) — A newly released North Carolina report says teacher turnover rose slightly during the last school year, with more teachers leaving to teach in other states, moving among North Carolina school districts or leaving the profession entirely.
Teacher turnover — long-term trend troubling (EdNC) — Teacher turnover rates were up slightly in the 2014-15 school when compared to the previous year, according to a report presented today to the State Board of Education. Though the one-year increase was slight, the long-term trend is troubling, according to State Superintendent June Atkinson. “In the past five years, the state’s teacher turnover rate has increased in all but one year (2013-14),” she said in a press release. “We won’t reverse this trend until we address the root causes of why teachers leave the classroom.”
More teachers leaving for other districts, other states, other jobs (Winston-Salem Journal) — Teacher turnover ticked up slightly during the 2014-15 school year, with more teachers leaving to teach in other states, moving among North Carolina school districts or leaving the profession entirely. With more than 14,250 teachers leaving their positions, the turnover rate inched closer to 15 percent, reaching its highest level in the past five years, according to a report presented Thursday to the State Board of Education during a meeting at Winston-Salem State University.
CMS teacher turnover hits 16.5 percent, a 12-year high (Charlotte Observer) — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools lost 1,420 of its 8,609 teachers last year, bringing the turnover rate to a 12-year high, according to a report presented to the state Board of Education Thursday.
Website ranks NC near bottom for teachers (WRAL-TV) — Although North Carolina ranks highly as a desirable place to live and start a business, a personal finance website says the state is a less than desirable for teachers to work.
Challenging rates spark health concerns (Wilson Times) — For once, it seems, South Carolina fares better at something we don’t want to be as good at. The Palmetto State’s obesity rate of 32.1 percent places it at 10th the nation.
Still not corrected (Greensboro News & Record) — How fitting that the legislature played one more card against Greensboro in the final predawn hours of its closing day.
NC missing good investment by cutting civil legal aid (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Kirk Warner: Legal aid is not only cost-effective, it also preserves the basic human needs of North Carolina’s most at-risk citizens – children, seniors, disabled veterans and our poor. Resources are at the heart of access to justice, and we need to make funding for legal aid a priority.
Clodfelter as strongest choice for Charlotte mayor (Charlotte Observer) — In April 2014, as Charlotte’s City Council considered who would best serve as interim mayor after Patrick Cannon’s fall, the Observer editorial board said Dan Clodfelter was uniquely suited to fill the role.
It’s good to see old plant revived (Wilmington Star-News) — It was good to see a photograph in the StarNews of activity at the new Vertex plant in Wilmington. We are not exactly sure what the large hulks of steel and machinery do, but there’s something about hard hats