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Outer Banks

NC legislator going unaffiliated, wants to caucus with GOP

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A state House member from the Outer Banks announced Wednesday he's switching his voter registration from Democrat to unaffiliated and hopes to caucus with the Republican majority beginning with the new legislative session starting this month. Second-term Rep. Paul Tine of Kitty Hawk disclosed his decision Wednesday, a week before lawmakers return to Raleigh to elect new chamber leaders. Full story...
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Mountain-sea trail to get master plan, hiker guide

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One day, parks officials say hikers will be able to take an off-road trail from one of Appalachia's highest peaks and follow it through North Carolina to the Atlantic Ocean. Full story...
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NC considers car-free ferry to Ocracoke Island

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Transportation officials in North Carolina are considering a car-free ferry to Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks. Each car ferry takes about 30 vehicles to the north end of Ocracoke Island. Full story...
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Feds reduce area in Atlantic Ocean for wind farm plans off NC coast

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videoThe US Department of Interior has reduced the areas of the Atlantic Ocean where turbines can be built, dealing a potential blow to North Carolina's hopes for wind farms off the coast. Full story...
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US appeals panel reverses Outer Banks bridge work

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A unanimous federal appeals court panel is overturning North Carolina's plans to save money by simply replacing a crucial Outer Banks bridge while chunks of the island where traffic passes is threatened by rising waves. Full story...
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Cape Lookout announces closing in advance of storm

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Officials at Cape Lookout National Seashore say they will close the area to the public in advance of Tropical Storm Arthur. The National Park Service released a statement Tuesday saying the seashore would close to the public on Wednesday at 5 p.m., and remain closed until further notice. Full story...
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Emergency declaration issued for Bonner Bridge

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North Carolina's governor has declared an emergency at the Bonner Bridge, which state officials have closed because they say it's unsafe. Full story...
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Transportation secretary blames environmentalists for bridge woes

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NC Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata says efforts to block construction of a replacement for the Bonner Bridge are to blame for the current problems. Full story...
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16 dolphins wash ashore on Outer Banks in a week

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Scientists along the North Carolina Outer Banks say at least 16 dolphins have washed up on the shores from Corolla to Avon in the last week. Full story...
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Virginia man drowns in surf off Outer Banks

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Officials in Duck say a Virginia man has drowned in moderate surf. Town manager Christopher Layton says 39-year-old Joseph Marotta of Lynchburg, Va., was pulled from the water by public safety personnel who immediately began performing CPR before Dare County paramedics arrived. Full story...
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