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Last chance for the red wolf? Advocates ask federal judge to intervene to preserve endangered species

Chief US District Judge Terrence Boyle, a New Jersey-born jurist known for his bristly disposition and barbed wit, asked a simple but loaded question in a Raleigh courtroom yesterday: "Who's going to teach these wolves to swim?"

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Legislature, Cooper make headway on hurricane recovery, but vexing longer-term issues loom

The legislature expedited its first round of disaster relief funding for the state's critical recovery needs after Hurricane Florence, but the more complex portion of the aid package -- environmental resilience -- could run into political roadblocks.

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Guilford schools failed to disclose troubling lead levels for four months

For more than four months, the Guilford County school system failed to disclose critical information about high lead levels in three of its schools -- not only from the public, but also from the respective principals, according to documents obtained under the Public Records Act.

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Ag commissioner surprises lawmakers with quarter-billion dollar aid request for farmers

Three feet of rain. 140 mph wind gusts. 39 people dead, and thousands more displaced. An estimated $1.1 billion in direct and indirect losses to agriculture. Hurricane Florence, which hit at peak harvest season, was indeed an unprecedented storm for the state.

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What’s next for proven, but underfunded hog farm buyout program after Florence?

This story is part of a series, including maps and blog posts, about the predicament and environmental threat of industrialized swine farms that lie within the 100-year flood plain.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline faces another court battle; Robeson commissioners under scrutiny for premature approval of permit

Prospect, North Carolina, population 690, is quilted by farms, churches, modest homes and an elementary school on less than 3 square miles in northwest Robeson County. The Goins family, which like most residents of Prospect is Lumbee, has lived in this community for at least four generations, and as part of their heritage, has long honored the land and the sky for its gifts to the people.

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Coal ash flowing like pudding in Neuse River near Duke’s Goldsboro power plant

Matthew Starr had paddled only a half mile of a stretch of Neuse River near Duke Energy’s HF Lee plant in Goldsboro when he saw initial signs that something had gone very wrong. “There was exposed coal ash on trees, floating in the river, on the road,” said Starr, the Upper Neuse Riverkeeper. “There was coal ash lying the ground. We scooped it up out of the water.”

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Florence aftermath highlights grim reality of the people and places most vulnerable to climate change

Hurricane Florence has laid bare the environmental justice issues that are often masked by sunny news of a record-breaking stock market, low employment (but stagnant wage growth) and tax breaks for the über-wealthy. In Eastern North Carolina...

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Monday numbers: Potential Florence impacts in western NC

Having devastated the southeast coast of North Carolina, Hurricane Florence is now a tropical depression, making a beeline toward the mountains. Rain and wind could uproot trees and unleash land- and mudslides on steep terrain, including places where they occurred earlier this year.

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Old and in the way: Hurricane Florence could barrel over landfills, waste lagoons, hazardous waste sites and more toxics

Thousands of animal waste lagoons, hazardous waste sites and other repositories of toxic material lie in and near the projected path of Hurricane Florence, increasing the risk of breaches or leaks of dangerous chemicals into the environment.

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Do you live near a coal ash disposal site?

The Family Dollar store on East Second Street in downtown Weldon is a convenient spot for kayakers to grab a bottle of water and a bag of snacks before heading to the Roanoke River just three blocks away. But in late 2009 and early 2010, state environmental inspectors learned that coal ash from Roanoke Valley Energy, whose material three years earlier had been used to build the parking lot, was seen on the west side of the property.

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Pipeline fund battle continues: Lawmakers seek further review of Governor’s deal with Dominion

The $57.8 million carrot is wilting. The purpose of the voluntary fund, agreed to by Gov. Roy Cooper and Dominion Energy last January as part of a deal involving the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline, had already been derailed.

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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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