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The Morning Roundup: Protests, Floods, and Gas Gouging

Posted by on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 8:22 AM

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It's Friday. News for you: 

1. Charlotte. We've got a guy on the ground there. Everything you want to know about yesterday's protests can be found here

2. State of emergency declared for flooded N.C. counties. The counties of Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Pasquotank and Perquimans are flooding like hell due to Tropical Storm Julia last week. Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in these eleven counties yesterday. From WNCN:
The storm dumped several inches of rain on Eastern North Carolina with officials saying Arrowhead Beach and Corapeake communities received more than 10 inches of rain. Windsor received more than 12 inches of rain in the past 72 hours.

“While recent tropical storms have spared most of the state, the remnants of this storm have overwhelmed many communities in northeastern North Carolina,” said McCrory. “This part of the state has not seen flooding to this extent since Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Our emergency management team is working with our local partners in the hardest hit areas and remains ready to assist North Carolina residents there.”
3. Whole lot of gas stations still out of fuel in N.C. About nine hundred in all, according to ABC 11
As of Thursday afternoon, state officials are reporting 930 gas stations are out of service because of the Colonial Pipeline gas leak.

A handful of stations along Capital Boulevard in Raleigh are up and running. Most have dry pumps.

Authorities say it could take several days for our state to receive its normal supply. North Carolina, right now, is only getting about a third.

The demand is causing gas prices to rise. AAA Carolina reports the average price for a gallon of regular in the Triangle on Thursday is $2.22. That's up 9 percent from the same time last week.

AAA also predicts within the next week, gas prices could go up another 5-10 cents.
Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday that he is looking into more gas stations that have been gouging customers—one in Raleigh, one in Indian Trail—by charging as much as $4.99 a gallon.

4. Blue Cross and Blue Shield will continue to offer ACA coverage in the state.
Despite competitors Aetna and UnitedHealthcare dropping out of the Affordable Care Act exchange in North Carolina, BCBS will move forward providing insurance to all one hundred counties in the state. From the Charlotte Observer
The announcement guarantees that all North Carolina residents will have ACA access for at least one more year as the federal exchange enters its fourth year of public enrollment.

Blue Cross has offered ACA plans statewide since 2014, the first year the Americans had health insurance through the federal exchanges. But the Durham-based organization had said it would review whether to offer ACA plans in 2017 after losing $405 million on ACA customers in 2014 and 2015.

The pricing and other details of Blue Cross insurance plans will not be released until October. The company is seeking an 18.8 percent average rate increase for 2017 plans from the N.C. Department of Insurance, after being granted a 32.5 percent average rate increase for this year’s plans.
5. It's Friday. Try to enjoy it. 

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