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Wilmington Northside Residents Organize Help For Elderly, Disabled

Points of Distribution around New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties are providing food, water, and tarps to people in need. Armies of volunteers, law enforcement agencies, and military groups are working together to keep the lines moving. But one neighborhood in Wilmington has launched its own rescue effort.

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This Sunday, 9/23/18, and next Sunday, 9/30/18, WHQR will run special programming. On both dates, Neil Conan hosts “The Democracy Test” from Truth, Politics and Power at 2pm. Poltical Junkie will run at 3pm.

Brunswick County health officials confirmed one case of norovirus at a hurricane shelter, and they suspect more.

The confirmed case was reported at the shelter at West Brunswick High. Health officials asked that evacuees find other shelters, including one at South Brunswick High.

Hurricane Florence disrupted daily operations for local governments in North Carolina, including county boards of elections. It's the second time in two years that voting officials have had to improvise just weeks before a General Election.

Jeff Hunter

About half of WHQR’s staff left Wilmington to avoid Hurricane Florence. Jeff Hunter was the first of the staff to return -- and it wasn’t an easy journey. Jeff told WHQR’s Gina Gambony about the slow road home.

Temple B'Nai Israel on Chestnut Street had some trees down and roof damage that affected the sanctuary.
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Wednesday is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar. But Hurricane Florence has forced synagogues in Wilmington to cancel services. The sanctuaries at Both Temple of Israel and B'nai Israel were damaged in the storm.

Vince Winkel

Food and water is being flown into the Cape Fear region. Slowly more stores and gas stations are opening. Food trucks are also out and about, cooking what they have, and tring to make a dent in the need for food. 

Vince Winkel

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo gives an update on roads, power and cleanup efforts on Tuesday afternoon while exploring the downtown area. 

Roy Cooper talks with out-of-state emergency workers at a temporary dormitory in Independence Mall Tuesday.
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Gov. Roy Cooper and FEMA chief Brock Long visited Wilmington Tuesday to view storm damage and meet out-of-state emergency workers camped at Independence Mall.

Food Distribution Begins In An Isolated Wilmington

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A long line of cars waited for an emergency food distribution to begin Tuesday near the downtown campus of Cape Fear Community College.
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Power is still out and most stores are still closed in parts of southeastern North Carolina hardest hit by Hurricane Florence. Emergency food distributions have begun in several counties, including New Hanover.

Wilmington Police Department

Businesses are slowly and carefully starting to open.  At Costco in Wilmington, which opened for just a few hours yesterday, shoppers went in 200 at a time.  A few grocery stores and some restaurants opened their doors around Leland and Wilmington.  

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expects to be fired following the reports about his early tenure within the Justice Department but had not actually stepped down as he traveled to the White House on Monday morning for a meeting.

A source close to Rosenstein said he believes he will lose his job following the New York Times report on Friday that described him discussing secretly recording President Trump and enlisting other Cabinet officers to remove Trump from power under the 25th Amendment.

President Trump is standing by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after another round of allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, this time from when Kavanaugh was a student at Yale.

Trump, speaking to reporters on his way into the United Nations on Monday morning, said Kavanaugh "is an outstanding person, and I am with him all the way."

If you've ever tried to ripen a piece of fruit by sticking it in a bag with a banana, you've harnessed the power of ethylene.

Ethylene is an important plant hormone. In bananas and many other fruits, production of ethylene surges when the fruit is ready to ripen. This surge triggers the transformation of a hard, green, dull fruit into a tender, gaudy, sweet thing that's ready-to-eat.

One of the biggest challenges of Aldi Novel Adilang's job was supposed to be boredom, as the sole caretaker of a wooden fishing hut miles out at sea. Instead, he was forced to survive more than a month on the ocean, after his hut lost its mooring and drifted from Indonesia to waters around Guam.

Editor's note: NPR is examining the role of women in the 2018 midterm elections all week. To follow upcoming coverage and look back at how the role of women in the 2014 midterms was covered, click here.

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