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Judge rejects Duke's call to stay ruling

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A judge is rejecting Duke Energy's attempt to stop a ruling that would force the company to take immediate action to clean up its coal ash dumps. But Duke asked Ridgeway to stay the ruling until the company could appeal. Duke officials did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment Thursday. Full story...
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Regulators say Duke pumped coal ash at Cape Fear plant

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North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit near the Cape Fear River. Full story...
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Group wants to intervene in NC coal ash case

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An environmental law group says it's getting involved in a case involving a Duke Energy coal ash pit that coated 70 miles of the Dan River spill with toxic sludge because it cannot count on state regulators to do the right thing. Full story...
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Senators seek cancer study of Lejeune water

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North Carolina's two U.S. senators say a federal health agency should conduct a cancer incidence study for the groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune. Full story...
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School ball field safe for kids despite coal ash

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State regulators say it is safe to use the athletic field at a Brunswick County school, even though coal ash was spread to elevate it more than 20 years ago. Full story...
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Cape Lookout generates $20 million for economy

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A report complied for the National Park Service finds that the Cape Lookout National Seashore on the North Carolina coast means more than $20 million for the local economy and supports about 300 jobs. The report said the seashore attracted about 480,000 visitors during 2012. Full story...
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Federal grand jury looks into Duke Energy spill

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A federal grand jury is convening as part of a widening criminal investigation triggered by the massive Duke Energy coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge. Full story...
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State regulators pushing for Sutton coal ash clean-up

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video State environmental regulators want to modify permits to require Duke Energy to clean up coal ash at three facilities, including the Sutton plant near Wilmington. Full story...
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Judge postpones hearing in coal ash lawsuit

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A federal judge is postponing a hearing on a lawsuit filed by an environmental group claiming Duke Energy violated the Clean Water Act by allowing its coal ash pits to pollute a major Charlotte waterway. Full story...
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Judge: Duke must clean up contaminated groundwater

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videoA North Carolina judge says Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate the source of groundwater pollution at its coal ash dumps. Full story...
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NC waste management director retiring in June

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North Carolina's chief landfill and hazardous waste regulator is retiring this spring. Division of Waste Management Director Dexter Matthews told agency workers Monday of his decision to leave June 1 after 13 years at his current job and 30 years in environmental and public health protection. Matthews says his plan had always been to retire at 30 years. Full story...
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Winter weather advisory posted in North Carolina

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It's March, but winter has not given up in North Carolina. School systems dismissed classes early Monday after the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for much of the central and eastern parts of the state. Full story...
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Duke Energy notified of violations at more plants, including New Hanover Co. facility

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videoThe investigation of a coal ash spill across the state has led state regulators to the Cape Fear. They say five more Duke Energy plants have violations, including one in New Hanover County. Full story...
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