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Spring has sprung and Wilmington is greener than ever

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videoThanks to a 30,000 grant from the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, the city held its first annual Spring Green Carnival. The carnival brought businesses and organizations together to teach children the value of recycling and staying green. Full story...
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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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