Happy Tuesday, y'all. Hopefully, you've had some time to recover from the debate and can move on with your work week. Here's a rundown of some headline's for everyone to digest.
1. Sen. Richard Burr hasn't pulled his support from Donald Trump—shocking absolutely no one.
Legitimately right before the "Trump Tapes" were released and we all found out just how utterly atrocious Donald Trump is (I mean, we knew
before that, but now it's just common knowledge), it was announced that Burr would be joining Trump's team as a national security advisor.
Yeah, that's a thing, and well, so is Burr's support for Trump even though he called Trump's lewd comments about groping women, "inappropriate and completely unacceptable."
From the N&O:
As he campaigned Monday in North Carolina, Burr said he’s sticking by Trump, saying he thinks Trump has sufficiently apologized multiple times.
“When I look at what the country needs – and that’s an economy that grows, jobs that are created and a strong national defense – I’m convinced that I can’t get there with Hillary Clinton. So, yeah, I’m supporting Donald Trump,” Burr said.
In other Burr news, he said after the debate on Sunday, that "both candidates proved that they are not role models for the next generation.”
But do you know who did pull his support from Trump? Aaron Carter.
I'm sure Trump is heartbroken to learn he's not invited to Aaron's party anymore.
2. It looks like we're getting another gubernatorial debate!
it would be hosting the third gubernatorial debate with Gov. Pat McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and
Libertarian candidate Lon Cecil on October 18 (one day before the third and final presidential debate).
November 8 can't come fast enough.
3. Hurricane Matthew death toll rises to eleven. Flooding continues in parts of the state.
As the state continues to recover from Hurricane Matthew schools remain closed in several counties and families are still searching for missing relatives.
Information from the state Division of Emergency Management or emergency operations center shows 10 of the storm-related deaths involved motor vehicles. The state has not released the names of the victims.
Schools in Wayne County remain closed throughout the week. For a full rundown of closures click here
Rescues continued in Lumberton as well. Per WTVD both helicopters and boats
were being used to find residents who were stranded.
4. Annual crime report shows the University of North Carolina continues to have problems with interpersonal violence on campus.
The report, according to WTVD
, shows a continued rise in "incidents of stalking, dating violence and domestic violence" since 2013.
According to the report those incidents are up from 25 incidents in 2013 to 68 incidents in 2015, with reports of domestic violence rising from 5 to 15, dating violence rising from 6 to 18 and stalking 14 to 35.
5. Instead of cutting down trees, Charlotte is looking at buying land specifically to save them.
Also notable in the report, reported incidents of rape are down from 26 in 2014 to 21 in 2015. No data is shown for 2013.
Students at UNC expressed concerns and questions about what the numbers might mean. University Police Chief Jeff McCracken said the rise in the number of reports may be attributed to the increase in campus safety programs.
If you're like me and spend lots of time in local government meetings you know that people are passionate about their trees. In Durham, specifically, studies have been
done about the importance of trees
That's why when I saw this story from The Charlotte Observer
pop up I immediately thought, "No. Way."
Here's the concept:
Charlotte City Council is set to spend $376,000 to buy land in northeast Charlotte as part of the city’s tree save program.
The 23-acre parcel is set back from Plott Road, near Robinson Church Road. The money for the purchase comes from a fund that developers can pay into in lieu of meeting tree save and tree planting requirements at certain new developments.
The money is used for buying land and preserving trees. The land in question was logged in 2009, removing 18 acres of mature trees. About five acres of mature forest are left on the site, and the rest is regenerating with young trees, the city said.
And that's all for today. Go forth and be merry my friends. If you can't be merry, here's a video to cheer you up: