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    NC Environmental Policy Talks Mostly Secret

    In recognition of Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of access to public information, our Kirk Ross examines how the people’s work too often happens behind closed doors in Raleigh.

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    Independence Day on the NC Coast

    A July Fourth fireworks display lights up the boardwalk at Carolina Beach, one of many North Carolina beach communities that celebrated the holiday with fireworks over the water. Photo: Kirk Ross

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    The Black Boxes Around Environmental Bills

    As Sunshine Week draws to a close, CRO’s legislative reporter Kirk Ross shares his experience in covering the oft-cloaked legislative process in the N.C. General Assembly.

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    Ocracoke, Hatteras Begin Recovery Process

    Residents and relief teams on Ocracoke and Hatteras islands have begun the process of rebuilding after Hurricane Dorian.

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    Dorian: Evacuations Ordered Along NC Coast

    Visitors in numerous coastal North Carolina communities are being told to leave as a weakened but still powerful Hurricane Dorian is forecast to reach the state’s coast by late Thursday.

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    Drilling Opponents Look West For Support

    Elected officials on the N.C. coast are turning toward the state’s interior and shifting attitudes there as signs of increasing support in the ongoing fight against offshore drilling.

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    PFAS Levels Spike In Cape Fear Water

    The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority said Friday that samples of water drawn from Cape Fear River show the highest concentration of total PFAS measured since last year.

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    Senate Mulls Fisheries, Shellfish Overhauls

    Bills advanced Wednesday by Sen. Norm Sanderson would create a new shellfish leasing program and extensive changes to the state’s marine fisheries oversight

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    House Rolls Out Bulk of Budget Plans

    House appropriations committees have approved funding for the Department of Environmental Quality lap upgrades and for the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

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    Forum to Spotlight PFAS Scientists, Research

    Scientists monitoring pollutants known as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances will be on hand to answer questions about the environmental and health risks during a free forum in May.