The State Of Things
11:53 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Local Farmers Look For Ways To Cope With Climate Change

Bus fueled by biodiesel
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As scientists continue to study the effects of global climate change, environmentalists, farmers and researchers look for new solutions to the challenges created by these shifts.

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Climate Hub
6:19 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

NC State Is Becoming A Federal Government Favorite For Big Projects

NC State University
Credit NC State

It's been a big year for NC State - and it's only February.

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9:04 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Proposed Rules Would Change Sand Distribution In OBX

The National Park Service will consider new rules that would change where dredged sand is distributed.
Credit NOAA

The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing changes to dredging rules in and around Beaufort Inlet on the Outer Banks. 

Right now, sand dredged to keep the inlet open is dumped on the shoreline of the town of Atlantic Beach and at Fort Macon State Park. 

Trace Cooper is the mayor of Atlantic Beach.  He says his town needs the sand to protect six-billion-dollars worth of investment.

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8:56 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Weather Warms Up, Cools Down, Warms Up Again

It will be warmer and rainier today before temperatures drop tonight.
Credit Juni from Kyoto, Japan / Wikipedia Creative Commons

The weather warmed up over the weekend, after snow, ice, and freezing temperatures deadlocked much of the state last week.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Phil Badgett said air flow from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic is keeping things warmer and rainy in the region today.

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3:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

'Bubba The Ram, An Exotic Sheep Who Roamed The Triangle, Is A Ramblin' Man No Longer'

Bubba the Ram. Image taken shortly after his apprehension
Credit Durham County Sheriff's Office

We've been following the story of Bubba the Ram for months. At the time he came to our attention, he'd been rambling around Durham and RTP, popping up in unexpected places.

Soon the Durham County Sheriff's Office was on the case. “He’s in the neighborhood of 150 pounds and he’s fast,” Deputy Paul Sherwin with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said at the time. Bubba seemed to always get away from those who wanted to capture him.

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8:39 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Freezing Weather Threatens Blood Bank Supply

The Red Cross says North Carolina blood banks at 1,500 units short, after winter weather has caused dozens of drives to be canceled.
Credit Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Gay / United States Navy, ID 080814-N-0486G-006

The Polar Vortex isn’t loosening its grip on North Carolina. Freezing temperatures hit a record-low seven degrees in Elizabeth City this morning. Chowan County in the eastern part of the state had 9 inches of snow on the ground by yesterday afternoon.

But a series of cold spells and and days of icy roads have led to the cancellation of dozens of blood drives.

Lu Esposito of the Red Cross said the Triangle region is short 1,500 units of blood of all types.

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5:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

VIDEO: Tour The Snowy Outer Banks (Virtually) By Motorcycle Or Four Wheel Drive

Still shot from Youtube video
Credit Carolina Designs Realty

Interested in really seeing how things look on the Coast? Some brave soul at Carolina Designs Realty strapped a helmet to his head and recorded his ventures out this morning:

"Here's my attempt to make it to the beach this morning on the Outer Banks. The van was stuck so I had to resort to other measures. Luckily the old trusty Yamaha TTR 125 was there to help me with the job":

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3:21 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

VIDEO: Polar Bear Enjoys A Swim: Finally NC Water Is Just Right Temp

Patches the Polar Bear enjoys space to himself at the NC Zoo. (The zoo is closed 1/29/14.)
Credit North Carolina Zoo via Twitter

The North Carolina Zoo posted a terrific video: the resident polar bear enjoys a paddle.

(The zoo is currently closed due to the cold conditions.)

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12:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Winter Weather Advisory Still In Effect

The National Weather Service's preliminary snowfall map, based on reports they've received from the public so far. 9 a.m., 1/29/14
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From the National Weather Service in Raleigh:

A winter weather advisory continues through noon Thursday for all of central North Carolina:

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11:37 am
Wed January 29, 2014

On The Road Today? Remember *47 (And Three More Tips For Drivers)

Photographer Rick Anderson took this image on the Outer Banks.
Credit Rick Anderson @OBXPhotos via Twitter

Crews have been out all night, plowing and salting roads in the areas affected by last night's snowstorm. Roads and bridges are open, but many secondary roads still have snow and ice. The NC Department of Transportation reports that high winds on N.C. 12 in Dare County have blown sand on the road through the night. The road is open, but may be down to one lane in some places.

Most of us know the tips for driving on snow and ice: drive cautiously, leave extra room between you and the car in front of you. Here are some tips you may not know:

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