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Transportation
6:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

More Shoaling Slows Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry As Summer Looms

A map of the channel depths shows how sand moved back into the original channel over the course of a month (Box AA). The NC Ferry Division says summer service will start as scheduled on Tuesday, using the longer alternate route.
Credit NCDOT / Facebook

The state DOT says Hatteras Inlet remains impassible in some areas as ferries prepare to switch to a busier summer schedule. 

A series of storms clogged the channel between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands this winter, forcing crews to clear a longer detour.  A dredge has been clearing the original route, but officials say a boat bottomed out during a trial run last week.

"It's hard to say what's causing the changes there," says Jed Dixon, deputy director of the NC Ferry Division.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

State Leaders Propose Transportation Funding Changes

State Transportation Secretary Tony Tata
Credit Gurnal Scott

Governor Pat McCrory wants a new method of funding transportation projects in order to spur economic growth.  He says the way the state has approached transportation projects has not favored areas that need an economic boost.

"We have struggled to keep pace with the needs of our growing areas and to bring jobs to our most economic-challenges areas of this state.  So right now it's time to think differently," McCrory says.

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Business & Economy
8:41 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Alligator River Bridge Re-Opened

State transportation crews make repairs to the Alligator River bridge.
Credit NCDOT

The Alligator River Bridge in Tyrrell and Dare counties is once again open to traffic.  The U.S. Highway 64 swing bridge was reopened to traffic late Sunday evening after being closed for the better part of two weeks.  The Alligator River bridge is a major connection between the Outer Banks and mainland North Carolina. 

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Environment
9:35 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Which NC Roadside Has The Best Wildflowers?

Best Overall Division Wildflower Program - 1st Place - Div 4
NC DOT

When it comes to deciding on the best roadside blooms, North Carolina has a lot of options to choose from. Each year, the N.C. Department Of Transportation Wildflower Awards are given to the most eye-popping flower beds across the state and to the division with the best overall wildflower program. On Wednesday in Raleigh, Governor Pat McCrory and NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata announced the 2012 winners and recognized the contributions of two individuals – former Governor Jim Martin and former First Lady Dottie Martin – for their contribution to the Wildflower Program.

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Politics & Government
10:02 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Could NC Soon Have A Pepsi-Cola Ferry Line?

Chicamacomico Ferry
Credit NC DOT

A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill that would allow for sponsorship of ferry lines along the North Carolina coast.

Last year the state’s seven ferry lines ran a deficit of more than $30 million. The ferry system is consistently in the red, and fuel costs are only making it worse. Leaders have discussed raising fares, but a new bill would avoid that by seeking about $4 million in sponsorship from large corporations. Think the Pepsi-Cola line instead of Hatteras-Ocracoke.

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Politics & Government
10:15 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

NCDOT Does A U-Turn, No 'Pink' Licenses

The newly-redesigned driver's license the DMV plans to issue to immigrants in the federal DACA program.
Credit NCDOT

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has made an about face and is abandoning its controversial decision to add a bold pink stripe across the top of new driver licenses for young immigrants.  A news release issued Thursday afternoon by the state DOT confirms that the Division of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing driver licenses on Monday, March 25, 2013 for immigrants qualifying under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  But the attached ‘final’ image of the driver license no longer has the pink stripe or the words ‘No Lawful Status’ printed in large type.

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Law
9:10 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Non-compliance With Federal Law Could Reshape NC DOT Budget

North Carolina is among 33 states that face penalties for not complying with federal regulations designed to crack down on drunken drivers. 

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Law
7:28 am
Wed March 6, 2013

McCrory And Tata Defend Creation Of Pink Licenses

Credit NC Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory took on a major state issue following a meeting Tuesday with several North Carolina mayors.   McCrory's meeting with members of the Metro Mayors Coalition addressed issues that are critical to cities and towns trying to cope with sequestration, transportation issues and taxation.  The Governor also answered questions on a hot legislative issue.  He disagrees with immigrants' advocates who say pink driver's licenses are no more than a scarlet letter.

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Law
7:19 am
Tue March 5, 2013

House Democrats File Bill To Stop Pink Licenses

Credit NCDOT

Some state House Democrats are speaking out against a move to create pink driver's licenses to identify young immigrants.  House Bill 184 would prohibit the state Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing the licenses to young people who are legally in this country under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  The proposed licenses would have a pink strip at the top and the phras

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

NC Airports Rake in Over $20 Billion for NC Economy

The Christmas and New Year holiday travel season means big business for the nation’s airports.  A report by N-C State and the Institute for Transportation Research and Education shows just how big aviation is in this state. 

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