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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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Buyer: No current plans to develop Hofmann Forest

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The proposed buyer of a massive research forest owned by North Carolina State University is distancing itself from a leaked prospectus suggesting it would clear cut much of the woodland for a golf course, homes and farms. Full story...
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NC State sells Hofmann Forest near Jacksonville for $150 million

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Trustees of NC State University's Endowment Fund have agreed to sell the 79,000-acre Hofmann Forest near Jacksonville to an Illinois-based agribusiness company for $150 million. Full story...
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Climate panel: warming 'extremely likely' man-made

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A landmark report by an international scientific panel says it's "extremely likely" that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming. Full story...
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Titan gets air permit victory, but issue far from settled

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videoA state judge has ruled in favor of Titan America and the state, upholding the cement company's air permit from 2012 for its proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne. Full story...
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EPA to start Superfund cleanup at old P&W Waste Oil in Navassa

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U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials announced plans today to begin a Superfund hazardous substance removal at the P&W Waste Oil Superfund Site. The Site is located at 10518 Royster Road, Leland, Brunswick County, which is in Navassa city limits. Full story...
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NC hearing about ending some auto emissions tests

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North Carolina's environment agency wants public input on plans to eliminate vehicle emissions testing for cars and light trucks that are less than three years old and have less than 70,000 miles. Full story...
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Environmental groups file suit about Sutton Plant pollution

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videoEnvironmental groups today filed a federal lawsuit against Duke Energy Progress. They want the power company to clean up its toxic coal ash pollution of Sutton Lake near Wilmington and coal ash pollution of groundwater at its Sutton Plant. Full story...
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Proposed sea turtle protections could mean more red tape for beaches

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videoSome federal agencies are stepping up and proposing new ways to protect loggerhead sea turtles. But the possible new regulations are getting strong opposition from area beaches. Full story...
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Revised air permit means more time, higher emissions for cement plant

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A revised air quality permit means Titan America has more time to start construction on the cement plant it wants to build in Castle Hayne and a higher limit for emissions from the proposed facility. Full story...
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