North Carolina attorney general warns of price gouging


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is reminding residents that the state’s price gouging law remains in effect in the wake of a fatal explosion in Alabama that shut down a pipeline supplying gasoline across the Southeast.

A previous shutdown of the same gas pipeline in September triggered the law, which went into effect again in October by Hurricane Matthew and remains in effect statewide.

Cooper’s office is currently investigating businesses for possible price gouging related to Hurricane Matthew as well as for alleged gas price gouging due to problems with the pipeline in September. He advised residents that if they see excessive prices at the pump, they should call his office.

Cooper is the Democratic candidate for governor in North Carolina, challenging Republican incumbent Pat McCrory.