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NC sheriff says it appears bear killed woman

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Officials in Tyrrell County say a woman known for feeding bears may have been killed by one of the animals. Sheriff Darryl Liverman told local media outlets that 67-year-old Kay Grayson may have been dead more than two weeks when her body was found Monday in some woods. Full story...
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Feds seek public input on coastal NC wind energy study

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The federal government is inviting the public to comment on an environmental assessment that supports wind energy development off North Carolina. Full story...
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Fight against proposed Titan cement plant continues

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videoAs Titan America continues to try and put a cement plant in Castle Hayne, those against it met in Wrightsville Beach Wednesday night. NC Coastal Federation members are still fighting the proposal after six years saying the plant, which will burn more than 250,000 tons of coal a year, will discharge pollutants into the Northeast Cape Fear River. Full story...
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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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