Archives by: Lisa Sorg

Lisa Sorg

About the author

Lisa Sorg, Environmental Reporter, joined N.C. Policy Watch in July 2016. She covers environmental issues, including social justice, pollution, climate change and energy policy. Before joining the project, Lisa was the editor and an investigative reporter for INDY Week, covering the environment, housing and city government. She has been a journalist for 22 years, working at magazines, daily newspapers, digital media outlets and alternative newsweeklies.
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Special report: A celebration of women’s suffrage on its 99th anniversary

Ninety-nine years ago today, a stalemate between two states nearly derailed the women's suffrage movement. With just one state shy of the required 36 to ratify the 19th amendment, North Carolina and Tennessee were battling not to be the one to allow women the right to vote.

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EPA officials get an earful at GenX hearing in Fayetteville

For the first 50-odd years of his life Rusty Goins was healthy and hale, a strapping man who never smoked or drank. Then shortly before last Christmas, he began bleeding. Several days later, when Goins woke up from surgery, he told EPA officials, the doctor had removed 30 inches of his colon and 18 lymph nodes. His right kidney, double its normal size, "was eaten up by cancer," he said.

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Local officials, residents deal setback to proposed coal ash storage site in Northampton County

The evening started well for Vista Green. Wood Beasley III tried to dazzle the Northampton County Planning Board with visions of jobs, tax revenue and the return of prodigal youth to an area that is aging and short on economic opportunity.

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Federal hog trial #3: New tactics, nauseating details highlight closing arguments

After a long day working with patients, all Joyce Messick wants is to lay her burdens down at her doorstep, sit on her porch and drink a Sun Drop. But the stench of hog feces sometimes denies her that simple pleasure and chases her inside. “You never know when it’s coming,” she testified in federal court last month.

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State Bureau of Investigation unit prepared “threat assessment” of Atlantic Coast Pipeline protestors

The state's surveillance and counter-terrorism unit, the Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC), warned law enforcement officials that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could attract "violent extremists" who are opposed to the natural gas project in North Carolina, a document obtained by Policy Watch shows.

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Three Guilford County schools test high for lead in drinking water; 1,500 students, many of them low-income, affected

Drinking water at three Guilford County schools, including two that predominantly enroll low-income children, tested at or above the EPA standard for lead, according to results released by the school district.

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PW exclusive: Beach nourishment bingo?

A North Carolina nonprofit with deep political connections received $5 million in the state budget for a beach nourishment study and design project, even though it has never done that type of work and is headquartered more than 250 miles from the coast.

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Duplin County official: Billy Houston hog lagoon matter prompts changes in outside employment policy

Billy Houston, who is under state investigation for allegedly falsified hog lagoon samples in Duplin and Sampson counties, has reportedly acknowledged wrongdoing, a county official told the state Soil and Water Conservation Commission this week. A technician with the Duplin County Soil and Water District since 1983, Houston had a side business...

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Powerful new hog trial testimony puts Smithfield back on the defensive

As a former police officer and firefighter, Wesley Sewell has encountered odors so putrid that they would make most people retch. He’s even ranked the smells.

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Monday numbers: The link between polluters and impoverished communities

Unless you’ve become lost or gone wandering, Hollister, N.C., population 674, in Halifax County is not a place that you merely happen upon. But the state Department of Environmental Quality intentionally chose a spot here among the tobacco ...
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