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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

First Drip (6/18/14): Poll shows voters want Duke to foot coal ash cleanup bill, more

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Not only do a majority of North Carolinians want Duke Energy to pay for the coal ash cleanup - 82 percent of respondents in a recent poll said they'd reconsider voting for a legislator should he or she vote to pass the clean-up bill to Duke's customers. "Duke has estimated that the final cost of the cleanup could be $2 billion to $10 billion. NC WARN contends in its poll questions that paying for the cleanup could cost each of Duke's N.C. customers as much as $20 per month in higher rates."

A North Carolina resident recently returned from a trip to the Caribbean with a nasty souvenir: a painful, mosquito-borne illness. The symptoms of chikungunya show up about a week after being bitten and include "the sudden onset of fever and severe, often disabling, joint pains in the hands and feet." Symptoms last only last about a week in most cases. Still, double up on the repellant this summer.

Another day, another World Cup watch party gone terribly awry. On Sunday, about 30 people died in Kenya after gunmen opened fire on a group of fans watching a game. Now comes news that an explosion at a watch party in Kenya has killed at least 21 and injured 27. Though no one's taken credit for the blast, officials suspect it was the extremist group Boko Haram's work.

Asked in an interview with CNN how she would handle the increasing number of unaccompanied minors entering the country through the Mexican border, former secretary of state and possible 2016 presidential nominee Hilary Clinton said they should be sent back to their home countries "as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are." "'The former First Lady went on to add that, 'We have to send a clear message: Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn't mean the child gets to stay ... We don't want to send a message that is contrary to our laws, or we'll encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.'"

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