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Wildlife Commission to consider easing of deer farming rules

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding nine public hearings this month on proposed rule changes, the most controversial of which is proposed regulations for holding deer in captivity. The hearings begin Tuesday in Bladen County and continue until Jan. 22, when a meeting is set for Smithfield. Full story...
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Effect of red knot's new protection on NC unclear

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State officials say it's too early to know how the declaration of the red knot as a threatened species will affect the North Carolina coast. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added the Atlantic coast population of the robin-sized shorebird to the federal Endangered Species Act in December. Some researchers estimate the species population has plummeted in 20 years from nearly 150,000 to as few as 20,000 today. Full story...
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Report shows wide variances in NC sea-level rise

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A new 30-year report on sea-level rise shows wide variances along the North Carolina coast, from a possible rise of 4 inches at Southport to more than 12 inches on the northern Outer Banks. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported those numbers are part of a draft report by an advisory science panel for the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission. The commission requested the report after legislators rejected a 2010 study. Full story...
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Veteran NCDENR employee succeeding Skvarla

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A veteran manager at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has been named the agency's next secretary by Gov. Pat McCrory. Full story...
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What's going on along the Wrightsville Beach shore?

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videoIf you have been to Wrightsville Beach recently you may have noticed something a little strange along the beach. An escarpment has formed there. So what is it? Full story...
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Disaster Mental Advisor helps fire victims

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video As it is an emotional time in Carolina Beach, many are dealing with loss of loved ones as well as cooping with the tragic situation. Tab Ballis is a psychiatrist in Wilmington who also is a volunteer with the Red Cross. Full story...
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Testing, excavation next with NC coal ash removal

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videoLegislators are learning about work to clean up more than 100 tons of coal ash held by Duke Energy before the utility starts removing the toxic material from pits and piles in North Carolina. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: McCrory talks about issues affecting Cape Fear region

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videoIt's been almost two years in office, and Gov. Pat McCrory said it's been a roller-coaster ride he's honored to be part of. Full story...
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Wilmington company gets state innovation grant

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A Wilmington company is one of 13 across North Carolina to win a state innovation grant. Full story...
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Report finds flaws in red wolf restoration effort

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An independent review has found flaws in a 27-year program to restore the endangered red wolf to the wild, including data gathering, the size of the habitat and lack of coordination with local managers. The review by the Wildlife Management Institute was released Thursday. It had been commissioned by federal wildlife officials as they consider whether to continue its efforts to maintain the world's only wild red wolf population in eastern North Carolina. A decision on how to proceed is expected in early 2015. Full story...
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