GOVERNOR COOPER ISSUES WARNING ABOUT HURRICANE DORIAN: Gov. Roy Cooper on Sunday said all North Carolina residents should be prepared to take action as Hurricane Dorian, now a Category 5 storm, could threaten the Carolinas later this week. "We are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst," he said during a Sunday session with reporters. "Right now, it's fierce storm and North Carolina will likely see heavy rains, winds and flooding. I urge everyone to take it seriously. The time to prepare is now." Dorian slammed into the Bahamas around midday Sunday with sustained winds near 180 mph, the strongest on record to hit the northwestern archipelago, leaving residents scrambling to find shelter as they braced for rising waters and torrential rains.
WAKE COUNTY PARENT RILED ABOUT DIVERSITY QUESTIONNAIRE: On Wednesday, Bartus said the teacher handed out the Diversity Inventory worksheet, which asked the same questions as before such as sexuality and religion. In addition to answering for themselves, students were asked to answer about their elementary school, their teachers, close friends, doctor, other people who live in their home and their neighbors. “She had no right to do this, and we still don’t know what happened to all those forms that the kids filled out,” Bartus said. School officials say worksheets are educational artifacts that would typically be collected and preserved. In a message Thursday to parents, Lyons said the worksheet was not a resource that was provided by the school or the district. Lyons also said that any discussions about identity, culture and other sensitive topics must respect and value student privacy.
EARLY VOTING RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE IN EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina election officials are encouraging voters to cast ballots during an early-voting period to avoid possible disruptions from Hurricane Dorian. The state Board of Elections said the early voting period for the Sept. 10 elections ends on Friday. Races on the ballot include elections for the 3rd and 9th congressional districts. The 3rd congressional district includes most of North Carolina's eastern coast. Most early voting locations are closed for Labor Day, but they are scheduled to remain open Tuesday through Friday. The state's emergency management director, Michael Sprayberry, said during a news conference Sunday that North Carolina could begin feeling Dorian's effects as soon as Wednesday night.
NOT-SO-MERRY CHRISTMAS: NEWEST ROUND OF TRUMP TARIFFS HIT CLOTHES AND SHOES: The United States and China went ahead with their latest tariff increases on each other’s goods Sunday, potentially raising prices Americans pay for some clothes, shoes, sporting goods and other consumer items in advance of the holiday shopping season. The 15% U.S. taxes apply to about $112 billion of Chinese imports. All told, more than two-thirds of the consumer goods the United States imports from China now face higher taxes. The administration had largely avoided hitting consumer items in its earlier rounds of tariff hikes. But with prices of many retail goods now likely to rise, the Trump administration’s move threatens the U.S. economy’s main driver: consumer spending. As businesses pull back on investment spending and exports slow in the face of weak global growth, American shoppers have been a key bright spot for the economy. As a result of Trump’s higher tariffs, many U.S. companies have warned that they will be forced to pass on to their customers the higher prices they will pay on Chinese imports. Some businesses, though, may decide in the end to absorb the higher costs rather than raise prices for their customers.
SACKLER FAMILY MAY RETAIN MOST OF THEIR WEALTH UNDER OPIOID AGREEMENT: Purdue would produce millions of doses of badly needed anti-addiction medication and overdose antidotes for the public, free of charge; the company would also contribute hundreds of millions of dollars in cash and insurance policies that could be worth more; what’s left of the company, including its North Carolina production facility and other assets, would change hands. Much of the benefit to the public would be funded by the continued sales of the powerful narcotic OxyContin, the abuse of which is blamed for contributing to the prescription opioid crisis that has killed more than 200,000 people since 1999. But they would still retain much of their wealth. In fact, they might be able to keep billions of dollars that state attorneys general allege they pulled out of the company. “No one is going to be happy after this,” said Adam J. Levitin, a Georgetown Law School professor who studies bankruptcy. “People are going to be mad that the Sacklers aren’t going to jail, that they will have money left.”