- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory has announced a plan to help eastern North Carolina recover from Hurricane Matthew.

McCrory told a briefing on Wednesday that he is forming a recovery committee to help families and businesses rebuild. The committee will be led by Thomas Stith, the governor’s chief of staff.

The governor also said he has signed an executive order asking legislators to provide flexibility on the calendar for schools that closed because of Matthew. He asked school boards in affected areas not to reschedule lost days until the legislature acts.

In addition, McCrory said the state has approved disaster food stamp benefits and unemployment assistance for people put out of work by Matthew. He also said the tax filing deadline has been extended and the late penalty waived for storm victims.

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