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Droughts

Drought plagues farm land

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The recent rainfall in our area has barely made a dent in our rainfall deficit and local farmers continue to be challenged by the extremely dry conditions. Full story...
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Easley urges federal panel to seek grants for drought-hit farms

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videoGov. Mike Easley is making a personal appeal to Congress to send money to drought-ravaged farms in North Carolina. Full story...
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South suffers from drought

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As Californians struggle with fire it is water that preoccupies much of the south, water that has become precious by its absence. Full story...
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Rain pushes through drought-parched North Carolina

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An early band of storms is pushing through the heart of drought-stricken North Carolina and forecasters say some areas of the state could see a couple inches of rain. Full story...
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Drought chief: 17 water systems now nearing crisis point

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The number of North Carolina water systems that are nearing a crisis because of the drought has nearly tripled over the past week. Full story...
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Drought conditions could mean insect increase

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The current drought conditions could mean an increase of insects, like ants, inside your home. Full story...
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Water restrictions don't apply to all businesses

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With Wilmington under mandatory water restrictions, you may wonder how that's affecting businesses such as car washes. Full story...
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Easley says cut water use by half to see if N.C. can cope

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Gov. Mike Easley wants North Carolina residents to cut their water use by 50 percent between now and Halloween to see how they can cope with critically low water levels. Full story...
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Residents conserve water during drought

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videoWith rainfall totals below normal across the state, area residents are doing their part to conserve water. If you ask Wilmington resident David Hoolahan about his front yard, he'll tell you taking care of it is one of his favorite hobbies. Full story...
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N.C. farmers hope for rain as drought threatens cattle industry

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About three-fourths of North Carolina is in some form of drought, and the situation is especially serious for cattle farmers in the western part of the state. Full story...
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Drought now statewide

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All of North Carolina is experiencing some level of drought for the first time this year. Full story...
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N.C. under drought conditions

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The entire state of North Carolina is experiencing drought conditions. That's the word Friday from Gov. Mike Easley. Full story...
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New Hanover County issues watering ban

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Folks in the northern part of New Hanover County better hope for rain soon. The county declared a Stage 2 Water Shortage Mandatory Conservation water use restriction Thursday. The county says it issued the restriction because water demand has exceeded 90 percent of water production capacity for two consecutive days. Violators can be fined up to $1,500 and be charged with a misdemeanor. Full story...
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75 percent of North Carolina under drought

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More than three quarters of North Carolina is now under drought conditions, and several western counties are extremely dry. Full story...
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