McCrory hurricane relief timetable includes special session

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory has unveiled a quick timetable to recommend Hurricane Matthew relief for eastern North Carolina that would require a special session of the General Assembly later this year.

But McCrory says the actual recovery will be long and hard.

McCrory spoke at Tuesday's first meeting of a panel of elected leaders, business people and citizens examining the damage and figuring out what needs must be addressed beyond what the federal government and Congress will provide. A separate panel of emergency management officials also is coming up with ideas.

McCrory expects a special session in early December once Congress approves a supplemental assistance package.

McCrory says housing remains an immediate concern - there are still 250 displaced people staying in shelters and more than 1,500 households living in hotels.