Hurricane Harvey

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Last week the U.S. House of Representatives voted to provide Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, raise the government’s borrowing limit and fund the government for three months. 

Trump sits at head of table to discuss public safety operations in Texas in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey.
Evan Vucci / AP Photo - 2017

President Donald Trump traveled to Texas this week in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. He met with a number of government officials and rescue workers but received criticism for not meeting with flood victims. 

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Steven Blackburn, left, checks if people wading in water need help during a search a rescue operation in a neighborhood inundated by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.
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North Carolina is sending five swift water rescue teams to Texas to help with the recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

a portion of a pipeline
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Colonial Pipeline plans to shut down a key line that supplies gasoline to the South due to storm-related refinery shutdowns and Harvey's effect on its facilities west of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

a sign showing gas prices
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Flooding from Hurricane Harvey has had a devastating impact on residents along the Texas Gulf Coast. It's also had an economic impact, shutting down some oil refineries and interrupting transportation. And that means higher gas prices here in North Carolina.