Environment

Bonner Bridge
8:50 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Bonner Bridge Reopens

The Bonner Bridge has been reopened to traffic after safety tests.
Credit jennyk325 via Flickr Creative Commons

The Bonner Bridge reopened to traffic yesterday afternoon.

Structural safety concerns caused officials to close the bridge on N.C. 12 earlier this month.  However, the North Carolina Department of Transportation engineers deemed the bridge safe for traffic after several sonar scans, driving two test pilings, and multiple inspections over the past week.

The emergency repair work to add more support to the bridge continues.

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Environment
6:37 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Is North Carolina To Blame For Northern States' Air Pollution?

Pollution fills the air from the Blue Ridge Paper mill in Canton North Carolina, deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Credit Doug Bradley / Flickr

That's not an easy question to answer.

Earlier this week, eight Northern states filed a petition with the EPA alleging that states from the South and Midwest are producing enough smog that it's affecting the air quality downwind. But how much can be blamed on North Carolina?

On the face of it, it's likely that some of North Carolina's air pollution does seep across state lines.

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Bonner Bridge Lawsuit
8:00 am
Sat December 7, 2013

SELC: Bonner Bridge Lawsuit Will Move Forward

Credit Southern Environmental Law Center

Despite a public blasting from state and local officials, the Southern Environmental Law Center says it plans to move forward with a lawsuit opposing replacing the Bonner Bridge.

"We have no plans to drop this lawsuit," said Derb Carter, Director the SELC North Carolina offices. "We're filing briefs next week. We are doing everything we can to make sure the case proceeds promptly to a conclusion."

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Bonner Bridge Closure
4:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Citizen Hub For Bonner Bridge Info

A Prius gets stuck in sand on Outer Banks
Credit Oregon Inlet Idiots

When the Bonner Bridge was closed unexpectedly earlier this week, it shocked many Outer Banks residents and tourists. The bridge links the Outer Banks with the mainland. Suddenly it seemed everyone was wondering... How will I do my shopping and my banking? When will the bridge re-open? What will happen next?

Many locals are going to a rather unlikely place to get their news: a Facebook page called Oregon Inlet Idiots. The page was started in 2011 as a place to poke fun at the tourists.

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Bonner Bridge Closure
12:45 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

How They're Coping On Hatteras Without The Bridge

Locals feel absence of Bonner Bridge
Credit ncdot.org

Phil Beck has heard it all. He's a part time cashier at Marilyn's Deli in Rodanthe. Just about everyone who comes to his register wants to talk about the unexpected closure of the Bonner Bridge. "They want to know an answer, how long is it gonna take [to open the bridge]?  Most of the customers, they ask me 'What do you know?' "

As he spoke by phone, he paused to ring up a customer. "$4.38 please. Oh, no worries, I've got the other penny."

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Environment
7:56 am
Thu December 5, 2013

North Carolina's Energy Jobs, Energy Future

A "Strata Solar" solar farm in Cleveland County, NC.
Credit Strata Solar

Policy-makers and business leaders say North Carolina’s economic future relies on energy.

Governor Pat McCrory was one of many speakers and panelists at the North Carolina Chamber's Energy Conference at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham.  McCrory said it’s time to follow the economic recoveries of Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Dakotas.

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Environment
3:24 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

98-Year-Old Gardeners: Time To Plant Bulbs

Friends and neighbors gathered to help 98-year-old Barbara Stiles (left) and her twin sister plant 1,000 tulip bulbs. Here the sisters offer bulb planting tips, and suggestions for how to continue gardening later in life.
Carol Jackson

Most of us think about this time of year as about the harvest - the plentiful vegetables for our holiday tables. But for Chapel Hill's Bernice Wade and Barbara Stiles, this time of year means one thing - time to plant 1,000 or so tulip bulbs.

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Hurricane Season
5:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Hurricane Season Ends With A Whimper

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other forecasting organizations predicted an active hurricane season for 2013, but this season turned out to be the quietest since 1995.
Credit NOAA

The Atlantic hurricane season officially ended Saturday.

It turned out to be the quietest season since 1995, and it was first time in 19 years that no major storms formed in the Atlantic basin.

This came a surprise to forecasters.

Colorado State University predicted a higher-than average hurricane season. Researcher Paul Klotzbach says they estimated a 37-percent probability of a hurricane making landfall in North Carolina in August.

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Sturgeon
8:36 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Atlantic Sturgeon Populations Are Recovering Along The Coast

Atlantic Sturgeon populations are recovering along the North Carolina coast.
Credit Keith Ashley and Bennett Wynne, North Carolina Resources Commission / Creative Commons

The endangered Atlantic Sturgeon is slowly making a comeback along the North Carolina coast. 

The ocean fish needs to come into coastal rivers to spawn. Dams and locks in many of the state's waterways have made it difficult and, in some cases, impossible for the sturgeon to reproduce. But efforts to remove some of those barriers seems to be having a positive impact. 

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Tornado
11:28 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Tornado Causes Injuries, Damage Along Coast

Credit National Weather Service

Three people have sustained minor injuries after a tornado hit the North Carolina coast. The roof blew of an Atlantic Beach condo, with a couple inside, and flying debris hit a Carteret Community College student.

The National Weather Service office in Morehead City issued a tornado warning last night. Forecaster Lara Pagano said a water spout moved onto land.

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