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Federal grand jury looks into Duke Energy spill

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A federal grand jury is convening as part of a widening criminal investigation triggered by the massive Duke Energy coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge. Full story...
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State regulators pushing for Sutton coal ash clean-up

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video State environmental regulators want to modify permits to require Duke Energy to clean up coal ash at three facilities, including the Sutton plant near Wilmington. Full story...
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Judge postpones hearing in coal ash lawsuit

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A federal judge is postponing a hearing on a lawsuit filed by an environmental group claiming Duke Energy violated the Clean Water Act by allowing its coal ash pits to pollute a major Charlotte waterway. Full story...
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Judge: Duke must clean up contaminated groundwater

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videoA North Carolina judge says Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate the source of groundwater pollution at its coal ash dumps. Full story...
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NC waste management director retiring in June

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North Carolina's chief landfill and hazardous waste regulator is retiring this spring. Division of Waste Management Director Dexter Matthews told agency workers Monday of his decision to leave June 1 after 13 years at his current job and 30 years in environmental and public health protection. Matthews says his plan had always been to retire at 30 years. Full story...
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Winter weather advisory posted in North Carolina

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It's March, but winter has not given up in North Carolina. School systems dismissed classes early Monday after the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for much of the central and eastern parts of the state. Full story...
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Duke Energy notified of violations at more plants, including New Hanover Co. facility

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videoThe investigation of a coal ash spill across the state has led state regulators to the Cape Fear. They say five more Duke Energy plants have violations, including one in New Hanover County. Full story...
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Chimney Rock park to remain closed a bit longer

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The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Chimney Rock Access will not open on Saturday as planned. The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation said the road was supposed to be closed no longer than three weeks and that the park would close in late January. Full story...
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Drone used to estimate size of NC coal ash spill

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A team of academic researchers equipped with a drone estimate that about 35 million gallons of coal ash and contaminated wastewater spilled into the Dan River earlier this month. Full story...
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Prosecutors file new subpoenas over Dan River coal ash

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Federal prosecutors have served North Carolina's environmental agency with 20 additional subpoenas seeking documents and ordering state employees to testify before a grand jury. The move is part of a broadening criminal investigation triggered by a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River. Full story...
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Gov. McCrory briefed on coal ash deal with Duke Energy

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North Carolina's top environmental official says he briefed Gov. Pat McCrory about a negotiated settlement with Duke Energy that would have fined the $50 billion corporation $99,000 to resolve violations for groundwater contamination leaching from two huge coal ash dumps. Full story...
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Duke Energy exec apologizes for NC coal ash spill

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A Duke Energy executive is apologizing for the company's massive coal ash spill that turned the Dan River cloudy for miles. Full story...
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4.1 Magnitude earthquake reported in South Carolina

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The United States Geological Survey is reporting a 4.1 magnitude earthquake happened 7 miles northwest of Edgefield Friday night around 10:23 p.m. Full story...
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