- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory is pleased enough with the North Carolina legislature’s $201 million relief package for assisting Hurricane Matthew victims and for fighting wildfires to sign it into law.

McCrory signed the proposal Thursday during a ceremony at the Executive Mansion attended by lawmakers who helped pass the legislation the day before. The disaster relief bill received unanimous House and Senate approval during a special session this week that McCrory called.

The law directs $29 million for housing - both for short-term lodging and the long-term construction of rental units. About a third of the money will provide matching funds for federal dollars coming to the state. There’s also money to cover wildfire costs and help volunteer fire departments.

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