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Man ordered to clean property harasses workers

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The Winnabow man ordered to clean up his property because it was deemed a junkyard couldn't get it done in time. And now he's under a court order to stay away from the people doing it. Full story...
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Air pollution warning issued in much of N.C.

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North Carolina health officials are warning that air pollution across much of the state could be unhealthy for sensitive groups again tomorrow. Full story...
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Homeowners could cover cost of maintaining inlet

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The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners is meeting now to decide if some local homeowners will help covering the cost of maintaining Mason Inlet. Full story...
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Air pollution warning issued in much of N.C.

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North Carolina health officials are warning that air pollution across much of the state could be dangerous tomorrow. Full story...
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Swimming advisory lifted for Banks Channel

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Test results of the water in Banks Channel came back Friday afternoon with undetectable amounts of bacteria. Thursday tests showed higher than normal levels of an indicator bacteria called enterococci, which is typically found in the intestine of warm-blooded animals. Full story...
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In face of drought, state concerned about trees

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The drought conditions have the state Division of Forest Resources concerned about your trees. The southern pine beetle thrives in dry conditions, and can cause major damage. Signs of an infestation include yellow pine needles or reddish-brown dust. Full story...
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Chemists test Winnabow drinking water near private junkyard

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videoChemists were in Winnabow Thursday to test the drinking water of residents who live near a private junkyard. There are concerns about seeping chemicals. Three drinking wells were tested at homes surrounding Phillip Rivers's property. His land was deemed a junkyard by a Brunswick County judge in March. Full story...
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NC issues burning ban

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All this heat and so little rain has made for drought conditions all over the state. Full story...
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UNCW professor featured in national magazine for global warming work

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videoA UNCW professor was featured recently in a national science magazine for his work with global warming and the affect it's having on some penguin species. Professor Steven Emslie has been traveling to Antarctica for decades to study the behavior of Adelie penguins. Full story...
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Students, surfers, celebrities pick up beach trash

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videoKeeping our beach areas environmentally healthy and looking good is important for any number of reasons. The trash and debris left by visitors can take a toll. More than 100 volunteers converged on Wrightsville Beach this weekend to make a difference. Full story...
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Man's yard to be tested for pollution

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videoNeighbors of a Winnabow man will soon know if the debris in his yard is polluting their water. Brunswick County attorney's sued the man a couple of months ago, claiming his backyard was a landfill. The attorney's biggest concern is neighbors' water wells could be polluted with toxins from debris that's been sitting in Phillip Rivers's yard for years. Full story...
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Drought could bring early, drab fall

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Maple and poplar trees are turning yellow and brown at least a month early. Experts say fall colors could be less brilliant if the drought continues. Full story...
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N.C. tops list of clean American beaches

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North Carolina tops the list of states with the cleanest beaches in America. The North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources samples the water quality at every beach in the country on a regular basis between April and October. Full story...
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CFCC students make bio-fuel

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If you're tired of paying at the pump, Cape Fear Community College may have come up with a way to cut some of the costs and help the environment at the same time. Made right in the college's labs by faculty and students, the bio-fuel burns cleaner than diesel. Full story...
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Brunswick County: man's trash hurting environment

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videoOfficials in Brunswick County say one man's trash could be hurting the environment. Attorneys for Brunswick County are in a battle with one property owner, trying to get him to clean the mess in his yard by the end of the month. Phillip Rivers lives off a remote road in Winnabow. He's owned his seven acres of land for 20 years and says it's not until recently that the county started pressuring him to clean up the junk in his yard. Full story...
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