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What to do with that old TV, computer or cell phone

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We'll accept every type of data transmitting electronic device that you would like to dispose of and also old toner cartridges. Full story...
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Topsail Beach renourishment to wait for end of hurricane season

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Hurricane Earl and the rest of the hurricane season can have a huge impact on beach erosion. Topsail Beach is planning a big beach renourishment project at the end of the year, which is also the end of hurricane and turtle nesting seasons. Full story...
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Water plant could help solve energy problem

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video Duckweed commonly grows throughout our area, and experts say it happens to be a good candidate for ethanol production. Full story...
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Cape Fear Green Building Alliance hosts Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fundraiser

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Saturday the Cape Fear Green Building Alliance put on an oil spill fundraiser. The alliance had a book sale featuring "Carolina Preserves". Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Greenfield Lake a little too green

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videoSome people say Wilmington's Greenfield Lake just is not what it used to be. Algae and invasive plants are growing out of control, turning the lake's blue waters green. It's not only a problem for the environment, but for the economy as well. Full story...
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Brunswick boatyard first "green" marina in NC

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video A Brunswick County boatyard is using locally-developed green technology to become the first EPA compliant marina in the state. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Record number of false turtle crawls reported at Holden Beach

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videoThere have been a record number of false crawls by sea turtles this season which prevents them from safely laying their nests. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: CFPUA clarifies notification process after sewage spill

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is coming clean about a major sewage spill two days after it happened. The overflow happened just before 4 p.m. Wednesday along North Kerr Ave. near Deerbrook Apartments. Full story...
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Wilmington home could be 'greenest' in country

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video A refurbished home built by the Cape Fear Green Building Alliance is showcasing the latest green building technologies is finished here in Wilmington, and it's drawing attention from the public. Full story...
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Tar balls on Oak island likely not from Gulf spill

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Coast Guard Commander John Nadeau says it's not unusual to find tar balls that wash up on beaches. He says oil in the water from any source turns into a putty-like substance after the oil collects particles. Full story...
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Support for offshore drilling waning in NC

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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is apparently affecting the way North Carolinians think about drilling of our coast. Full story...
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Gulf oil problem could be ours

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video Experts say the longer oil continues to leak, the greater the chance, albeit slim, that it could make it's way out of the Gulf and up the East Coast. Full story...
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Supporters, opponents sound off about off-shore energy hunt

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video If you missed this afternoon's meeting, there's another tonight at 7 at the Hilton Riverside in downtown Wilmington. Full story...
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Group promotes conservation benefits

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Land for Tomorrow released its annual Green Book, which outlines how public dollars are spent on preservation county by county. Full story...
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Government to hear your thoughts on offshore energy explorations

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The public meetings are part of a scoping process through which other Federal, State, and local governments as well as any interested parties have the opportunity to assist MMS in determining the significant issues and alternatives for analysis in the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. Full story...
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