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Senate bill pushes to close NC coal ash ponds

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videoThe North Carolina Senate is trying to push through legislation that will close all coal ash ponds in the state. The bill would also allow for clean-up of certain coal ash sites, including the Sutton Plant site right here in southeastern North Carolina. Environmental activists wonder if the bill goes far enough. Full story...
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Judge: Coal ash lawsuit in NC can move forward

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videoA federal judge says a lawsuit accusing Duke Energy coal ash pits of polluting a lake near Wilmington can move forward. The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit last year on behalf of environmental groups, saying the toxic waste was polluting Sutton Lake and violating the federal Clean Water Act. Full story...
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NC, Va. sign deal with Duke for Dan River cleanup

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Environmental and wildlife officials in North Carolina and Virginia have signed an agreement with Duke Energy for the cleanup of toxic coal ash from the Dan River, which flows through the two states. Full story...
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Coyotes in Wilmington?

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Coyotes aren't a common sight in Southeastern North Carolina but some folks say they're becoming far too common. "They're like sharks of the land," said Steve Bilzi, who has seen coyotes near his home. Full story...
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Environmental groups want NC coal ash moved

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A coalition of environmental groups and people who live near Duke Energy power plants are pressing North Carolina lawmakers to require the company to move all of its leaky coal ash dumps away from rivers, lakes and homes. Full story...
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Gov. McCrory signs NC fracking bill

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Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law a bill that clears the way for permits to be issued for fracking in North Carolina as soon as next spring. Full story...
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Opponents rally against NC fracking bill

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Opponents are rallying against a bill to allow fracking next year, even as the North Carolina House prepares to vote on the idea. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Our Pal, the Gator Gal

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videoOur Extraordinary Person of the Week is one who walks with the wild. Julie Johnson is an Aquarist. Full story...
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Wrightsville Beach dredging project likely to last into mid-June

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videoWork to replenish sand at Wrightsville Beach will last longer than expected. Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Tim Owens says the contractor handling the dredging project and the Army Corps of Engineers have asked for an extension to finish the work. Full story...
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Congress extends Carolina Beach renourishment funding

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videoBeach renourishment at Carolina Beach will continue to get federal help through the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) announced overnight. Full story...
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Top NC Senate GOP leaders introduce coal ash bill

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Two top Republicans in the North Carolina Senate have introduced a bill to curb the threat of pollution from coal ash dumps, three months after a massive spill at a Duke Energy plant coated 70 miles of the Dan River in gray sludge. Full story...
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Duke Energy representative mum on coal ash cleanup during Wilmington visit

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videoWhile representatives from Duke Energy were in town to present a check to CFCC, we asked for an update on the timeline of the coal ash removal behind the old Sutton Steam Plant. Full story...
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Quarter-cent sales tax increase fails in Brunswick County, BHI approves beach bond

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There will be no quarter-cent sales tax increase in Brunswick County, but voters in Bald Head Island did approve bonds to protect the island's beaches. Full story...
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Judge: Groups can participate in NC coal ash cases

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A North Carolina judge says a coalition of environmental groups can participate in the state's enforcement action against Duke Energy for groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps. Full story...
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County Commission approves funding for Carolina Beach renourishment, passes on moving up Kure Beach plan

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videoNew Hanover County will chip in nearly $2 million for beach renourishment at Carolina Beach, but commissioners tonight took no action on a plan to move up a project for Kure Beach. Full story...
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