Thursday, August 5, 2021


A new study says current federal limits for exposure to wireless radiation should be hundreds of times lower for children, and President Biden calls out the governors of Texas, Florida for "bad health policy."


Analysts warn the Delta variant could dampen economic recovery, former president Trump attempts to keep his federal tax returns away from Congress after a court ruling, and Mexico sues several U.S. gun makers.

NC Groups Host Hurricane Florence Survivors


Friday, January 25, 2019   

WILMINGTON, N.C. – More than four months after Hurricane Florence, people in Eastern North Carolina are still awaiting FEMA recovery assistance. They can find local help at the Just Florence Recovery Survivors Summit tomorrow in Wilmington.

The event is hosted by a coalition involved in on-the-ground recovery efforts. It aims to aid individuals who are struggling in the disaster's aftermath and discuss ways to prepare for the future.

Summit organizer and NAACP New Hanover County branch President Deborah Maxwell is concerned that some people have given up on seeking aid.

"A lot of people had mistrust because they felt that FEMA was the 'be-it-all' in terms of housing repairs and recovery. And it was not,” says Maxwell. “It was just the start of the repair and recovery. A lot of things happen now at a county level, through long-term recovery groups, Baptist Men, UMCOR."

The survivors summit is Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Coastline Convention Center in Wilmington. The deadline for North Carolinians who are eligible for the STEP program for rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence has been extended to Feb. 1.

The state now estimates that Florence did nearly $17 billion in damage to homes, businesses, farms and local governments – and as much as half may not be covered by private insurance or government aid.

Maxwell says the goal of the summit is to encourage survivors to share their experiences, learn about recovery resources and reflect on lessons learned through relief and rebuilding efforts. While more than $125,000 dollars in grants to homeowners have been paid, Maxwell says the storm also has taken an emotional toll.

"It has been daunting, even for someone for like me with minimal damages, it's daunting going through this,” says Maxwell. “And also, for people to realize that there is hope after this hurricane, but it's only when we come together and share what we know that it's available for each other."

The Survivors Summit is free to attend and includes meals, free childcare, and some travel assistance for out-of-town participants. Information is online at

get more stories like this via email

In the United States, home-care workers, mostly women and people of color, earn on average only $12 an hour. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Advocates for people with disabilities in New York are pushing for the federal budget resolution to include $400 billion in Medicaid …


ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Freshwater mussels are key to keeping the Chesapeake Bay watershed clean, and with more than half of all species now facing …

Social Issues

BUFFALO, Wyo. -- The doors of five historic community halls across Johnson and Sheridan counties were opened this past weekend for 15 people curious …

Over the past six decades, there has been a steady increase in the number of fires in the western United States, according to NASA. (Adobe Stock)


RALEIGH, N.C. -- Massive wildfires in the Western U.S. and Canada have triggered poor air quality in North Carolina over the past few weeks, and …


OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Farmworkers are in Olympia today, calling for stronger protections from extreme heat. The farmworkers union Familias Unidas por la …

A video from July shows sockeye salmon with red lesions and fungus because of the Columbia River's hot water. (Conrad Gowell/Columbia Riverkeeper)


BOISE, Idaho -- Rallies are taking place across the Northwest to support salmon, which face dire conditions in the Columbia River Basin. Saturday…


IXONIA, Wis. -- The public comment period has ended, but opponents of proposed natural gas storage facilities in southeastern Wisconsin still hope to …


HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvanians are growing worried about the environmental consequences of natural-gas drilling in the state, according to a new …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021