Gary D. Robertson

  • Massachusetts Sep 9, 2019

    US Emergency Workers Recover More Bodies in Bahamas Amid Wreckage After Hurricane Dorian

    U.S. emergency workers on Monday found five bodies in the debris left by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, and they said they expected to find more victims a week after the devastating storm hit. Bahamians, meanwhile, were also searching the rubble, salvaging the few heirlooms left intact by the Category 5 storm that, according to the official count over the...

  • Massachusetts Sep 8, 2019

    Dorian Death Count in Bahamas Rises to 44, Expected to Increase as Residents Sort Through Debris

    The storm that already walloped the Virgin Islands, Bahamas and North Carolina lashed at far-eastern Canada with hurricane-force winds for much of Sunday, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people before weakening and heading into the North Atlantic.

  • Massachusetts Sep 7, 2019

    Dorian Topples Crane, Knocks Out Power in Eastern Canada

    Dorian arrived on Canada’s Atlantic coast Saturday with heavy rain and powerful winds, toppling a construction crane in Halifax and knocking out power for more than 300,000 people a day after the storm wreaked havoc on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Residents of Nova Scotia braced for heavy rainfall and potential flooding along the coast, as officials in Halifax urged people...

  • Donald Trump Jun 28, 2019

    Late GOP Redistricting Guru’s Files Hint at Partisan Motives

    During his long career drawing legislative maps designed to help Republicans, Tom Hofeller preached about the dangers of leaving digital fingerprints. As he advised in a 2011 presentation about redistricting strategies: “Make sure your computer is in a PRIVATE location,” and “Don’t walk away from it and leave your work exposed.” But less than a year after his death, Hofeller’s...

  • Governor Mar 25, 2019

    A More Skeptical High Court to Hear Redistricting Challenge

    Last year, proponents of limiting partisan politics in the creation of electoral districts needed to win over Justice Anthony Kennedy. They couldn’t. The issue is back before the Supreme Court again, with arguments on Tuesday, and it might be harder than ever to convince the justices to rein in the practice known as partisan gerrymandering, designing districts to benefit one...

  • Attorney Dec 5, 2018

    Ballot Fraud Investigation Muddies North Carolina Election

    Allegations of flagrant absentee ballot fraud in a North Carolina district have thrown the Election Day results of one of the nation’s last unresolved midterm congressional races into question. Unofficial ballot totals showed Republican Mark Harris ahead of Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in the 9th Congressional District. But the state elections board refused to certify the results last...

  • Associated Press Sep 26, 2018

    Florence Flooding Slowly Envelops South Carolina Homes

    A week ago, firefighters in Conway went to a neighborhood and told surprised residents their houses would flood from Hurricane Florence even though they had never had water in them before. On Monday and Tuesday, those same firefighters checked on those same neighborhoods with maps that detailed each of the nearly 1,000 homes that could expect to be inundated. “It’s...

  • Governor Sep 25, 2018

    After the Hurricane Comes the Deluge on South Carolina Coast

    For many living near South Carolina’s coast, Florence is the visitor they never wanted who now refuses to leave. Eleven days after the once-fierce hurricane arrived on the coast, and more than a week after it blew north and dissipated, rivers swollen by its relentless rains are still flooding homes and businesses in their paths as they make their way...

  • Donald Trump Sep 22, 2018

    When Will It End? Florence’s Floodwaters Rising in Carolinas

    With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with nearly 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground amid a sprawling disaster that’s beginning to feel like it will never end. At least 43 people have died, included an elderly man whose body...

  • Governor Sep 21, 2018

    Florence Flooding Breaches Dam at NC Power Plant, Coal Ash May Spill

    Florence’s floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington, North Carolina power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn’t believe the breach at the L.V. Sutton Power Station poses a significant threat of increased flooding to...

  • Associated Press Sep 19, 2018

    ‘Up in the Air’: If Displaced by Storm, Where to Call Home?

    As the pounding rains from Hurricane Florence finally ended, Lutrice Garcia left the shelter where she had spent several nights on a cot and tried to head home. But floodwaters from overflowing Crooked Creek covered the road and an emergency responder told her water was seeping into the houses. The 28-year-old nurse had left photo albums and other important keepsakes...

  • Associated Press Sep 17, 2018

    Pollution Fears: Swollen Rivers Swamp Ash Dumps, Hog Farms

    Flooded rivers from Florence’s drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have failed, spilling pollution. State officials also were monitoring the ongoing threat from the breach of a Duke Energy coal ash landfill...

  • Associated Press Sep 15, 2018

    Drone Footage Captures Devastation Caused by Florence

    New drone footage reveals flooding in New Bern, N.C., due to Tropical Storm Florence.

  • Associated Press Sep 12, 2018

    Florence Poses a New Threat for Rural, Struggling Towns

    James Howell Jr. lost big two years when Hurricane Matthew swelled the Tar River less than a half mile from his home. Finally persuaded it was too dangerous to stay, he returned to Princeville days later to learn that the two feet of standing water surrounding his home caused the insulation to mold, forcing a rebuild of his living room....

  • Associated Press Sep 10, 2018

    Hurricane Florence Swells to Massive Category 4 Storm

    If Florence stalls over the Appalachians when it hits land, it could carry torrential rains up into the mountains, causing flash floods, mudslides and other dangerous weather across a wide area.

  • Congress Aug 28, 2018

    North Carolina Congressional Map Still Unlawful With Partisan Bias: Judges

    Federal judges on Monday affirmed their earlier decision striking North Carolina’s congressional districts as unconstitutional because Republicans drew them with excessive partisanship. Acting under an order of the U.S. Supreme Court to re-examine the case, the three-judge panel ruled again in favor of election advocacy groups and Democrats who had sued to challenge the boundaries drawn in 2016. The Greensboro-based...

  • DRIVER Jan 18, 2018

    South Cleans Up After Unusually Intense Storm That Killed 15

    Southerners shoveled, scraped and plowed their way Thursday out of a snowy deep freeze that caused a standstill across much of a region accustomed to mild winters. At least 15 people died, including a baby in a car that slid off an icy street outside New Orleans, and a 6-year-old boy who sledded onto a roadway in Virginia. Authorities across...

  • North Carolina Jan 10, 2018

    Judges: North Carolina Must Redraw GOP’s Gerrymandered Map

    Federal judges ruled Tuesday that North Carolina’s congressional district map drawn by legislative Republicans is illegally gerrymandered because of excessive partisanship that gave the GOP a rock-solid advantage for most seats and must quickly be redone. The ruling marks the second time this decade that the GOP’s congressional boundaries in the state have been thrown out by a three-judge panel....

  • Governor Mar 31, 2017

    North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Bill’ Repeal: Who’s Satisfied?

    North Carolina has rolled back a state law that blocked some anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, but questions persist whether politicians have done enough to coax back the businesses and sports leagues who withdrew lucrative plans from the state. Initial reactions were largely muted on Thursday’s compromise repeal that seems to have pleased no one, and which advocates say still...

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