A state program has bought nearly $40,000 worth of crab traps to help a hearing-impaired man start a crabbing business on the coast of North Carolina.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services approved the purchase as part
of a program that helps people with mental and physical disabilities get jobs and live independently.
North Carolina Senate minority leader Phil Berger criticized the purchase as wasteful.
Federal money will be used to buy 39-year-old Dewayne Blackburn of Belhaven about 1,100 crab pots to start his business.
Blackburn said memories of crabbing with this father inspired him to take to the sea.