News & Features

  • NTB Weighs How to Pay $3M Yearly For Sand

    North Topsail Beach aldermen say a tax increase, new fees could be tapped to pay for a 50-year plan to renourish its beaches, as the town continues to pay for a sand project completed five years ago.

  • Move On to Change Manteo School Mascots

    A group of Manteo school alumni have submitted a petition with more than 12,000 signatures to the Dare County school board urging that its schools’ Native American mascots be retired.

  • GenX Study Shows Harm to Mice, Offspring

    Studies discussed Monday during the North Carolina Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board meeting compared the toxicity of GenX and related compounds in pregnant mice and their embryos.

  • Cooper Lays Out Spending Plan; GOP Pans It

    Gov. Roy Cooper announced this week a state spending proposal, including plans for the state’s unspent coronavirus relief, which Senate budget writers were quick to dismiss.

  • Surf City Eyes $25M Berm, Dune Project

    Surf City will spend about $25 million on 6-mile berm and dune system built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from the town’s southern boundary with Topsail Beach to the northern end of Topsail Island.

  • Groups File to Block NEPA Rule Changes

    Environmental advocates have filed for an injunction to block the Trump administration’s overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act rules, just as the NEPA process begins for Wilmington projects.

  • Motions Filed In Appeal Challenging CRC

    An attorney for a couple suing the Coastal Resources Commission says reams of scientific studies on sea level rise and erosion are irrelevant to his clients’ property rights case.

  • State Seeks Input on Chemours’ Next Steps

    The state is taking comments until Sept. 17 on the latest steps to prevent GenX and other PFAS pollution from entering the Cape Fear River through contaminated groundwater from the Chemours’ Fayetteville Works Site.

  • Lean Times Ahead for Parks, Conservation

    The pandemic has increased funding pressures on the state’s already strained Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and trust funds for clean water projects and parks.

  • Analysis: DEQ Braces for Budget Cuts

    With staggering revenue shortfalls from the pandemic and the yearslong budget stalemate, slashed funding for state environmental programs and project delays are inevitable.