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The Morning Roundup: There’s a Storm Coming

Posted by on Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Greetings and salutations, everyone. The good news: it’s Labor Day weekend. The bad news: your Saturday is gonna be soaked. Let’s dive in. 

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1. Hermine has landed in Florida. 

It’s the first hurricane my native state has seen in a decade. By tomorrow morning, my new state will be getting drenched, though we won’t be getting anything like hurricane-force winds. 

The storm will lose some of its punch as it crosses land, but will likely remain a tropical storm with heavy rain and gusty winds when it crosses Eastern North Carolina late Friday into Saturday. The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for almost the entire North Carolina coast from the South Carolina state line north to Duck, saying winds could gust to 50 mph.

The storm isn’t expected to cause much coastal flooding, but the heavy rain – up to 10 inches in some areas east of the Triangle – will likely cause flash flooding, forecasters say. Isolated tornadoes are also possible. …

The storm also will bring heavy rain to the Triangle, where the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. The weather service says between 2 to 5 inches of rain are possible in the area during that time, with higher amounts in some places. It warns people in flood-prone areas to take precautions.

The wind in the Triangle will be less severe than at the coast, but gusts could top 30 mph, particularly along the Interstate 95 corridor, the weather service said.
The silver lining? Here’s the rest of the weekend forecast

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2. Other silver lining: college football is back. 

N.C. State whooped up on William & Mary last night. 

N.C. State’s offense has a new look, and a new quarterback, but the same reliable playmakers.

Jaylen Samuels scored three touchdowns and Matt Dayes added a pair to lead the Wolfpack to a 48-14 win over William & Mary on Thursday night.

Quarterback Ryan Finley played most of the game and was efficient in his first start in offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz’s first game. Finley completed 17 of 21 passes for 174 yards with two touchdowns.
In other Thursday night football action, Appalachian State very nearly took the ninth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers. Closer to home: on Saturday, twenty-second-ranked UNC will play number eighteen Georgia in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta*, and Duke hosts N.C. Central. 

3. The National Partnership for Women and Families says North Carolina is not a good place for working families to raise children
It’s back to school season, and parents across the state are striving to set their kids up for success. Unfortunately, the state is not helping – in fact, North Carolina earned a “D” for workplace support for parents, according to a recent report by the National Partnership for Women and Families.

Our state’s policies are decades out of date. A generation ago, a typical family consisted of a father who earned enough to support the family and a stay-at-home mother who handled most unpaid caregiving needs. Today, moms are breadwinners in more than half of all N.C. households with children under the age of 18. Seventy percent of North Carolina kids are growing up in homes where all available adults work and parents struggle to meet their responsibilities both at work and at home.

As if balancing work and family demands weren’t hard enough, simply getting pregnant puts women at risk of job discrimination. North Carolina remains one of only four states that provide no additional employment protections for pregnant workers. States across the country are passing legislation guaranteeing pregnant workers the right to reasonable workplace accommodations and job protection, but North Carolina is lagging behind.
Also: no sick pay, no family leave, no affordable child care. Really, read the whole thing. It’s quite the indictment of our state’s failures. 

4. North Carolina schools perform better, graduation rate up

Student performance on state tests improved this year, with higher scores on elementary school math and science exams driving advances.

North Carolina’s four-year high school graduation rate inched higher, to 85.8 percent from 85.6 percent.

State education leaders praised the results.

“This is indeed good news,” said State Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey.

Results of standardized tests the board released Thursday show uneven progress in reading, however. The state has put an emphasis on elementary reading over the last few years. A 2012 law requires that most students read proficiently by the end of third grade.

The percentages of third- and fourth-graders reading well enough to succeed at the next grade dropped slightly from last year, according to the test results, while the percentages of students passing math increased in all elementary and middle grades.
That’s all for today’s Roundup. Stay safe—and dry—this weekend. 

While UNC is listed as the home team, the game is not being played in Chapel Hill. 

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