David Boraks


David Boraks covers energy & the environment, politics & government, transportation and other topics for WFAE.  He's a veteran Charlotte-area journalist who also has worked at The Charlotte Observer (1993-2000) and published the online community news network DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net (2006-2015).

He also has worked for American Banker (2000-2005), The China News in Taipei (1991), The Cambridge (Mass.) Chronicle (1989-1991) and The Hartford Courant (1986-89).  He has been a Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow (1997), won the North Carolina Information Technology Association Media Award (1998), won the Davidson College Sullivan Community Service Award (2009), and was an Annenburg/Knight Block-by-Block New Entrepreneur fellow (2011). 

David has a bachelor's  degree in history from Cornell University and a master's degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

Temple B'Nai Israel on Chestnut Street had some trees down and roof damage that affected the sanctuary.
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Wednesday was Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It's one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar. But Hurricane Florence has forced synagogues to cancel services. The sanctuaries at both Temple of Israel and B'nai Israel were damaged in the storm.

Roy Cooper talks with out-of-state emergency workers at a temporary dormitory in Wilmington Tuesday.
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and FEMA chief Brock Long visited Wilmington Tuesday afternoon to view damage from Hurricane Florence and meet out-of-state emergency workers camped at a shopping mall.

Wilmington residents are emerging from homes and shelters after riding out Hurricane Florence.  Power was still out on Front Street Sunday afternoon, but a few businesses were open for those who ventured out, providing food and supplies or a beer among friends.

Cars lined up to get food and supplies at two distribution points in Wilmington Tuesday, Sept. 18.
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WILMINGTON — Power is still out and most stores are still closed in the parts of southeastern North Carolina hardest hit by Hurricane Florence. Emergency food distributions began Tuesday in several counties, including the coastal county of New Hanover. 

National Guard trucks lead an Illinois swift water rescue crew and other vehicles across a flooded section of US 74 Business near Whiteville Sunday.
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Here's what a flash flood looks like. It's midday Sunday here on US 74 Business in Whiteville in Columbia County, where rising waters from a swamp are rushing over the road. A swift water rescue team from Illinois is here with several trucks and a boat, trying to get east to help out with the storm.

I-77 Mobility Partners leaders listened to speakers at a public hearing Thursday. From left: public affairs director Jean Leier, CEO Javier Tamargo and chief infrastructure officer David Hannon.
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A rush hour commute on all 26 miles of the toll lanes on I-77 from Charlotte to Mooresville will cost up to $6.55 one way when the lanes open later this year - and more later on. The project's contractor announced the rates at a public hearing in Huntersville last night, and hinted that some sections of the project may not open on schedule.

Tolls on the I-77 Express Lanes north of Charlotte will be fixed for the first six months, then fluctuate with traffic volumes after that. An NCDOT video shows what rate signboards will look like.

The contractor building toll lanes on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte will unveil initial toll rates and hear public comments at a meeting Thursday night in Huntersville.

Lyn Alexis, 25, lives at Gracious Hands with her daughter, Iori, 5.
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Today, an update on a Charlotte housing story we’ve been following since March in our series "Finding Home."

Gracious Hands is a three-year-old program in northwest Charlotte that helps homeless women and children get back on track and into permanent housing. One of those women is Lyn Alexis, who was living out of her car with her daughter before moving to Gracious Hands.

The projected rainfall of Florence over North and South Carolina.

Updated: 5:45 p.m.

National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham says when Florence comes ashore and slows down, more problems are expected inland with heavy rainfall and high winds.

The Monroe solar farm, on about 400 acres off South Rocky River Road, has about 684,000 solar panels.
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Duke Energy says it expects to nearly triple its solar power generating capacity over the next 15 years in the Carolinas. At the same time, the company says in a new filing with state regulators it will continue to build gas-fired plants and close coal-fired plants.