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4:44 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

NC Schools: What's Open And What's Closed

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Schools and daycares across the state are closing, or have delayed openings due to inclement weather. ABC 11 is keeping an up-to-date list. (Refresh your browser to see changes.)

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Environment
1:33 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

[VIDEO] Division 5 Maintenance Yard, NCDOT, Readies The Salt To Combat Ice

Truck being loaded with salt, Craven County (2/11/14)
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The State of Things
11:39 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Haiti Four Years Later: A Journalist's Perspective

Haiti earthquake devastation
Credit Wikimedia

In the four years since a massive earthquake devastated Haiti, billions of dollars of aid have flowed into the country. But the stream of funding comes with its own complications. Journalist and writer Amy Wilentz has lived, worked and reported on Haiti for more than three decades.

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Weather
10:50 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Power Companies Are Bracing For Ice, Outages

Ice is expected to cover most of North Carolina this week, which means power outages are likely.
Credit David Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 27 Dec 2009. / Wikipedia Creative Commons

While the state transportation department is already out salting roads, utility companies are closely monitoring the weather forecast today.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Ellis said light snow is likely this afternoon, getting heavy tomorrow into Thursday. By tomorrow afternoon, he said, ice will coat much of the state.

Jane Pritchard is a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives. She said it would take a heavy snowfall to mess with power lines, but just a half-inch of ice can do a lot of damage.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill

Volunteers with the Dan River Basin Association, graduate students from Duke University and staff with the environmental group Appalachian Voices collect water samples on the Dan River after a massive coal ash spill.
Credit Eric Chance / Appalachian Voices

 When a stormwater pipe burst in Eden, N.C. on Sunday, more than 80,000 tons of coal ash rushed into the Dan River. The waste from the retired Duke Energy coal-fired power plant poses possible threats to humans and wildlife in the region. Host Frank Stasio discusses the coal ash spill and its ramifications with WUNC reporter Jeff Tiberii.

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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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Environment
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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Environment
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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Environment
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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