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Environmental groups want dam hazard ratings raised at Sutton Lake

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videoEnvironmental groups have asked state regulators to raise the dam hazard ratings for the coal ash dams at Duke Energy's L.V. Sutton Plant in New Hanover County. Full story...
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Dozens of dead sharks wash ashore in Oak Island

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video It was a shocking sight for some residents of Oak Island on the beach yesterday when about 50 sharks were lying by the shore dead. Dozens of sharks washed ashore ranging anywhere between 1 to 4 feet in size, now the NC Division of Marine Fisheries investigated the situation and they think they know the cause. Full story...
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Duke Energy creates $10 million waterway fund

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Duke Energy says it's creating a $10 million fund for programs to improve and promote water quality and conservation in five states. Duke president Lynn Good said Wednesday the fund reflects the company's commitment to the environment. Nonprofit groups and local governments in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia can apply for the money. Full story...
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NC Shell Show displays shells from all over the world

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video The Cape Fear Museum had quite an unique assortment of shells this weekend for the Annual North Carolina Shell Show. Full story...
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Pisgah Inn operator gets 10-year contract

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The operator of Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway has been awarded a contract to operate for another 10 years. Bruce O'Connell told the Asheville Citizen-Times he plans to make improvements to the inn now that he has won the contract again. Full story...
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Sea turtle nest count drops in North Carolina

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videoThe number of sea turtle nests along the North Carolina coast has dropped sharply after four years of increases. The StarNews reports that the number of turtle nests fell 58 percent this year, compared with 2013. Matthew Godfrey with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said the numbers this year are about 30 percent below average. Full story...
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Complaint says NC hog farms hurt minorities

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A complaint filed with the federal government says North Carolina's regulation of hog farms causes problems for minority residents. The Charlotte Observer reported that three groups filed a complaint this week with the Environmental Protection Agency saying those living near hog farms suffer from strong odors and contaminated water. Full story...
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NC moves to fine Duke over coal ash pollution near Wilmington

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videoDuke Energy is feeling the heat from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The agency sent a letter to Duke today saying the company must start addressing groundwater contamination issues from the Sutton steam plant. Full story...
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Leland to cut down 200 oak trees in Magnolia Greens

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videoSoon, Magnolia Greens won't be as green as it is now. The golf community currently has about 600 trees lining the roadway, but the town plans on cutting down about 200 of them. Leland town manager David Hollis says cutting them down wasn't the town's idea. Full story...
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NC troopers to add security to fracking hearing

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State officials say the N.C. Highway Patrol is stepping in to provide security so a public meeting on fracking can be held in Sanford. State Department of Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Jamie Kritzer says troopers will handle security Friday along with State Capitol Police officers. Full story...
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