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On this edition of CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet North Carolina Representative Holly Grange, a Republican from New Hanover County who was appointed to the seat in August after Rick Catlin announced he was stepping down.  Holly Grange won the March primary in a contest with current New Hanover County School Board member Tammy Covil.  She has no Democratic Challenger in November. 

Hurricane Matthew Breaks Local Record

Oct 8, 2016
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Hurricane Matthew has set a new local record.  According to a tide gauge near downtown Wilmington, the water level of the Cape Fear River climbed to 8.21 feet today.  This beats Hurricane Hazel's record of 8.15 feet, set back in 1954. 

Hurricane Hazel was a Category 4 storm that lashed the coasts of North Carolina over sixty years ago.  But today, a combination of the storm surge and rainfall draining into the river basin led to the highest water level ever recorded by the National Weather Service’s downtown water gauge. 

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Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in northeastern South Carolina.  WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports the National Weather Service in Wilmington, which covers fourteen counties in the region, has issued a Flash Flood Emergency Warning in Horry County.  

Citizens are asked NOT to call 911 to report downed trees, power lines or flooding.

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Republican Senator Michael Lee is running for a second term representing North Carolina’s Senate District 9.  Though the legislature approved a 4% increase in teacher pay this past session, Lee says the state still has a long way to go.

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From the National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC

UPDATED:  2:46 PM ADVISORY — SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2016            

The National Weather Service has canceled all alerts, watches and warnings for the late unlamented Hurricane Matthew. Cleanup and power restoration are proceeding today, aided by cool dry weather (some would call it a perfect fall day).

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Republican Representative Ted Davis is unchallenged in his bid for a third term in North Carolina’s House District 19, which encompasses the southern half of New Hanover County.  Davis wants to fix the current Medicaid system before the state expands the program. 

In 2013, Representative Ted Davis voted for a bill banning Medicaid expansion.  That bill passed, and North Carolina is still one of 19 states that has not expanded the health care program.  Davis says he’s always willing to reconsider his decisions in the legislature, but Medicaid has cost the state money in the past:

Comedian Paula Poundstone of NPR’s Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me notoriety is coming to Wilmington this Friday.  She recently spoke with me about one critical revelation regarding alcohol, why the HB2 controversy won’t keep her out of North Carolina, and lessons the Democrats still need to learn. 

RLH:  You’ve grappled very publicly with substance abuse.  You even joked that you didn’t get the advantage of the second A in AA…

PP:  No, I did not.  I was actually court-ordered to Alcoholics Anonymous on television…

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Democrat Andrew Barnhill is challenging Senator Michael Lee for North Carolina Senate District 9, which covers most of New Hanover County.  While Michael Lee has come out in support of offshore exploration for natural gas, Barnhill strongly opposes all drilling off the North Carolina coast.

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