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    News Briefs

    • Nine Sea Turtles Released at Coquina Beach

      N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Network for Endangered Sea Turtles, or NEST, and the National Park Service worked together to release Wednesday nine rehabilitated sea turtles at Coquina Beach.

    • Nags Head OKs Financing 2019 beach work

      Nags Head Board of Commissioners approved Wednesday moving ahead with the $42.7 million re-nourishment project, the first since 10 miles of beach were widened in 2011.

    • Study on Emerging Contaminants Released

      The Department of Health and Human Services has released for public comment the long-delayed report on human health effects from exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

    • Rodanthe’s New Gauge to Warn of Flooding

      A new flood gauge being installed in Rodanthe will become part of a statewide network made up of hundreds of rain and stream gauges that help alert communities to dangerous flooding.

    • Trump Order Calls for More Offshore Drilling

      President Trump has signed an executive order on ocean policy calling for more offshore drilling and revoking an Obama order issued in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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    News Waves

    • News & Features

      • Board Denies Freeman Park Owners’ Appeal

        The Carolina Beach Board of Adjustment this week denied an appeal by Freeman Park property owners to dismiss violations for erecting a post and rope barrier in the public right of way.

      • Currituck County OKs Grandy Solar Farm

        Currituck County commissioners voted Monday, following court-ordered instructions, to approve a permit for Ecoplexus Inc. to turn the site of the old Goose Creek Golf Course into a solar farm.

    • Science

      • Study: Nesting Turtles Prefer Dark Beaches

        Anna Windle at the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort has been leading a study on sea turtle nesting and artificial light, finding that nest density is higher on darker beaches.

    • Our Coast

      • Our Coast’s People: Rachel Noble

        She’s a coastal scientist who developed a quick test for bacteria that health officials use to gauge the safety of shellfish waters and swimming areas and that can also be used for other foods, meet Rachel Noble.

    • Commentary

      • Sam’s Field Notes: Diamondback Terrapin

        It’s not a sea turtle but its home is aquatic and its future in peril. Our Sam Bland recently joined area wildlife researchers on a quest to document the diamondback terrapin’s abundance in coastal N.C. waters.

    • Featured Photo

      • The Buzz on Pollinator Week

        This week, June 18-24, is National Pollinator Week, which recognizes the benefits provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. But many pollinator populations are in decline because of factors including habitat loss, weather extremes, climate change and pesticide misuse. Photo: Mark Hibbs

    • Featured Video

      • New State Ferry Reaches Milestone

        Hubert-based US Workboats’ workers flipped the hull of the Ocracoke Express Monday, moving construction of the state ferry system’s first passenger-only ferry into its final stages.