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    News Briefs

    • VW Settlement Information Sessions Planned

      DEQ is hosting five stakeholder information sessions, including in Wilmington, to explain and discuss the proposed plan to use North Carolina’s share of a national settlement with Volkswagen.

    • Wildlife Habitat Management Workshop Set

      The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is offering April 27 in Leland a Green Growth Toolbox Workshop, hosted by the Brunswick County Planning Department and Brunswick Community College.

    • Science on the Sound Lecture March 29

      The Coastal Studies Institute and East Carolina University are hosting a lecture on shoreline erosion control strategies March 29 as the next installment of the monthly “Science on the Sound” lecture series.

    • Initiative Recovers 3,500 Lost Crab Pots

      The 76 commercial watermen who participated in the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project this January, which was led by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, recovered 3,496 lost crab pots along the state’s coast.

    • Beer Fundraiser to Benefit Shark Research

      The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is hosting Suds for Sharks Conservation Fundraiser Monday evening, along with Crystal Coast Brewing Co. in Morehead City, where the family-friendly event is taking place.

    • Licensed Trapper Snares 17 Coyotes

      Nags Head hired a licensed trapper who caught eight male and nine female coyotes on town-owned property within the 13-week season that ended in February.

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    News Waves

    • News & Features

      • Minke Whale Researchers To Return Home

        National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Duke University Marine Lab, Stanford University and the University of California-Santa Cruz researchers are wrapping up a seven-week expedition to study minke whales around the Antarctic Peninsula.

      • Dune Protection Fight Put On Hold … Again

        A state appeals court has upheld the judge’s ruling that dismissed a challenge to Topsail Beach’s repeal of its longstanding dune protection ordinance, shifting the fight back to the local level.

    • Science

    • Our Coast

      • March Birding: Fewer Species this Month

        Though March is a transitional month for birdwatchers, there are a handful of birds to keep an eye out for including the swallow-tailed kite, Bonaparte’s gulls, yellow-throated warblers, cedar waxwings and more.

      • Our Coast’s People: Nathan Richards

        Nathan Richards, head of the Marine Heritage Program at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, began his marine archaeology career in Australia. He and his team recently solved the mystery of the Pappy’s Lane shipwreck in Rodanthe.

    • Commentary

    • Featured Photo

      • Touch Tank Committee Meeting

        Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret, reaches toward a small ray swimming in the touch tank at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Tuesday during a tour of the facility for legislators and staff in town for a meeting of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources. Photo: Mark Hibbs

    • Featured Video

      • Winds Whip Sand at Jockey’s Ridge

        The nor’easter that swept up the East Coast brought 50- to 60-mph winds to the Outer Banks, creating this scene at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head. Video: wild obx