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News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Kirk is continuing to move west across the eastern Atlantic but does not currently pose any threat to land. In a Saturday evening update, the National Hurricane Center said Kirk was 430 miles (690 kilometers) south of the Cabo Verde Islands, moving west at 15 mph (24 kph) with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph (64 kph). Forecasters expect some strengthening through Sunday. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters. Forecasters predicted the water will continue to rise through the weekend at the L.V. Sutton Power Station. Department of Environmental Quality inspectors travelled to the plant by boat on Sunday to collect water quality samples. Officials say aerial video of the site show "potential coal ash" flowing into the river.

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) - Hurricane Florence washed away half the rooms at the Starlite Motel. What's left of the motel in Spring Lake, North Carolina, probably will have to be demolished. Co-owner Kishor Depani says he and his brothers had saved for years to purchase the property a few months ago. Now they are hoping that the government can help because they didn't have flood insurance.

AVONDALE, La. (AP) - A North Carolina man driving more than 200 mph (320 kph) has been killed after his vehicle crashed during a race Saturday at NOLA Motorsports Park. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Glen T. Boyd says the fatality happened about 9:20 a.m. Saturday. The man's name has not been released. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the man was competing in a public event, with drivers taking turns trying to establish the fastest time.

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