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Environment

N. Topsail Beach uses sandbags to combat severe erosion

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video Topsail Reef is at the mercy of Mother Nature. The eight buildings, housing 240 homes needed protection from some major erosion, caused by a combination of Hurricane Irene, winter storms and high tides. The condo complex elected to have sandbags installed as a temporary fix. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Contractors upset with Pender County Health Dept.

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video Controversy continues to surround the Pender County Health Department. Today the Board of Health called a meeting with many upset contractors, developers and home builders to try and quiet some of their recent permitting concerns. Full story...
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NC Senate panel sets 1st marker for fracking laws

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A North Carolina legislative panel offers a proposed law that would bar a natural gas drilling method called fracking for more than two years while regulations are being developed. Full story...
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Barrier Island Study Center opens on Bald Head Island

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video A long time tourist destination could now be a travel spot for researchers as well. The Bald Head Island Conservancy announced the grand opening for their Barrier Island Study Center today. Full story...
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Stop Titan celebrates lawsuit being dropped

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video Following mediation, a claim of slander against two Stop Titan participants has been resolved. With the lawsuit against Kayne Darrell and Dr. David Hill out of the way, the Stop Titan group held what they called solidarity social. Full story...
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Corps of Engineers does emergency dredging on Bald Head Island channel

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The Army Corps of Engineers had to do emergency dredging of the channel off the coast of Bald Head Island. Last week, river pilots discovered what they call a speed bump in the area of Reach Two. The speed bump caused the channel to not have the depth safe for commercial shipping traffic. Full story...
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NC environment agency: email on fracking is fake

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North Carolina's environmental agency says someone is trying to confuse the public about its recent report saying a natural gas drilling technique can be safe with the right precautions. Full story...
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NC agency hears from public on fracking study

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The state environmental agency is listening to the public's response to a natural gas drilling technique that could create jobs but carries pollution risks. Full story...
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NC Air Toxics Program changes get Perdue's backing

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A top environmental regulator says North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue generally supports a legislative proposal to exempt industrial plants from state pollution reduction rules if they already must comply with federal rules involving certain chemicals. Full story...
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UNCW students recycle trash into palm trees

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Some UNC Wilmington students put the idea of turning trash into treasure into practice today. Students worked together to build palm trees out of recyclable materials found around campus. The campus dining collected boxes, can lids and two-liter soda bottles to construct the trees. Full story...
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