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NC Senate panel recommends changes after Irene

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina legislative committee responding to the effects of Hurricane Irene and preparing for future storms has made several recommendations but no appeal for additional funds for the recovery.

The Senate emergency preparedness panel held its last meeting Wednesday and agreed changes should be made within agriculture and emergency management agencies. The panel sent additional recovery issues to other committees.

Committee chairman Sen. Pete Brunstetter of Forsyth County said the panel never received a legislative agenda or monetary request from Gov. Bev Perdue's administration after the August storm.

State officials have said they should be able to pay for the state's immediate share of the recovery from Irene. The state's top emergency response official told lawmakers the state has so far accumulated $32 million in expenses.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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