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    News Briefs

    • Bill Would Offer Grants for Living Shorelines

      A bill introduced in Congress in December would direct NOAA to award grants for living shoreline construction to protect coastal communities from erosion, storms, flooding and the effects of sea level rise.

    • Event, Painting to Honor Black Lifesavers

      A painting honoring Capt. Richard Etheridge and his African-American crew of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Station at Pea Island is set to be unveiled Feb. 25 at a special performance of “Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes.”

    • Reef Sites to Be Marked With New Buoys

      The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program and Oyster Sanctuary Program is replacing the buoys used to mark reef sites in estuarine waters.

    • WOTUS Rule Delay Faces Another Challenge

      The Center for Biological Diversity intends to sue the EPA and and Army Corps of Engineers for not considering endangered species in their proposal to delay defining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

    • Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Under Repair

      Cape Hatteras Lighthouse remains off for nearly a month while replacement parts are made from scratch. The parts have been ordered but the exact time frame of when the repair will be complete is uncertain.

    • GenX Bill Stalls; DEQ Orders Chemours Action

      House leaders declined Tuesday to take up the Senate’s version of a bill to address GenX contamination as DEQ ordered Chemours take new steps to halt emissions of the compound.

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    News Waves

    • News & Features

      • Hyde Sees Costs Rise in Passenger Ferry Plan

        As the state prepares to launch its first passenger-only ferry service to Ocracoke Island, plans for transporting riders once they arrive are in flux, with Hyde County now facing costs higher than expected.

      • Reworked GenX Bill Goes Back to House

        Disagreements over how to address GenX and other emerging contaminants were heated Friday but the state Senate passed its version of a funding bill, which some say falls short.

    • Science

      • Venus Flytraps Don’t Eat Their Pollinators

        These carnivorous plants native to the Wilmington area rely on insects as pollinators and prey, but researchers have discovered that Venus flytraps don’t feast on the bugs that pollinate them.

    • Our Coast

      • Our Coast’s People: Chester Lynn

        He has ancestors that were Blackbeard’s crewmen and pewter plates believed to have once belonged to the notorious pirate –Chester Lynn of Ocracoke has deep knowledge of island history and a passion for figs.

    • Commentary

      • Newspaper Archives: The Turpentine State

        North Carolina historian David Cecelski discusses how the British press covered North Carolina in the 18th and 19th centuries, and their focus on the vital products of its vast pine forests.

    • Featured Photo

      • Winter Home for Snow Geese

        Snow geese take flight over the Pungo Unit of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern North Carolina. Photo: Sam Bland

    • Featured Video

      • Break Up With Single-Use Plastic

        Just in time for Valentine’s Day, United Nations Environment Programme, or UN Environment, has produced a short video that takes a lighter look at the issue of marine litter and asks everyone around the world to break up with single-use plastics.