Articles by Gary D. Robertson

North Carolina Agriculture Chief Requests $300M in Aid for Florence Recovery

North Carolina’s agriculture agency asked state legislators Monday for over $300 million to address cleanup and recovery after Hurricane Florence, with most going toward direct payments to farmers who lost crops and livestock to help them stay in business. Agriculture …

Subpoena Issued to North Carolina Insurance Department Over Private Political Donor

A federal investigation seeks documents about business operations connected to a private investment firm founder who seemingly overnight became the largest individual donor in North Carolina politics. The federal grand jury subpoena issued last month to the state Department of …

North Carolina Lawmakers Approve Florence Recovery Legislation, $57M in Funding

In a rare show of bipartisanship, the North Carolina legislature quickly approved Tuesday legislation described as financial and policy down payments on what’s expected to be a long, expensive recovery from Hurricane Florence. Barely two weeks after the storm’s last …

Carolinas Still Facing Major Flooding More Than a Week After Florence

Major flooding remains in eastern North Carolina more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall. Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday that nine of the state’s river gauges are at major flood stage and four others are at moderate stage, …

Florence Crop Damage to Farms in the Carolinas Could Cost Billions

Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago. After last weekend’s high winds and rain that …

North Carolina Storm Recovery Chief Accedes Frustrations Over Hurricane Matthew Recovery

North Carolina’s emergency management chief acknowledged a laborious process for homeowners seeking federal funds for repairs due to Hurricane Matthew and is looking for improvements looking to the next storm. While more than $630 million in federal and state funds …

North Carolina High Court Rejects Dram Shop Claim Against Hotel in Woman’s Death

The estate of a woman who died after a night of heavy drinking while celebrating with her husband at a hotel restaurant cannot successfully sue the owners because her actions contributed to her death, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled. …

North Carolina High Court Rejects Dram Shop Claim Against Hotel in Woman’s Death

The estate of a woman who died after a night of heavy drinking while celebrating with her husband at a hotel restaurant cannot successfully sue the owners because her actions contributed to her death, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled …

North Carolina Lawmakers Approve $200M for Matthew, Fire Relief

North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday finalized a $201 million hurricane and wildfire relief package sought by Gov. Pat McCrory in a special session he called. The Senate and House unanimously approved the final aid proposal, which emphasizes rental housing for …

North Carolina Gov Seeking $1B in Federal Aid for Matthew Recovery

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory wants Congress to approve a little more than $1 billion in federal aid to help North Carolina with repairs and recovery after Hurricane Matthew’s record flooding last month. On Monday, McCrory released his requests for …