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Study: Ecstasy Cheap in Parts of the Carolinas

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Buying Ecstasy is a bargain in some parts of North Carolina. A recent study from Michigan State University stated the average rate for it is less than $4-per-tablet in Raleigh and Greensboro– among the cheapest rates in the United States. Because the rates are low there, the market could expand eastward and into ENC.   Chris Thomas has more.

Residents in low-lying, flood prone areas are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and prepare to evacuate before road conditions worsen.  Residents seeking shelter should bring baby supplies, bedding, beverages (non-alcoholic), changes of clothing, entertainment items (board games, deck of cards, and reading materials), adequate supplies to last two to four days, food (non-cooking, non-refrigerated, and 2 day supply), and medications.

Beaufort County - a shelter is open at Snowd Branch Church of God

Fact Check of the Presidential Debate

Sep 26, 2016
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North Carolina has moved up to second in the nation for installed solar power.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The Charlotte Business Journal reports the state added about 115 megawatts worth of new solar capacity to its power grid in the second quarter, bringing the overall total for the state to more than 1.9 gigawatts of installed solar capacity. The primary driver for solar development in the state - Duke Energy - has 35 projects online and 2 under construction.  Spokesperson Randy Wheeless says the number of solar installations will continue to grow.

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Hammocks Beach State Park wants the public to weigh in on how to develop 290 acres of mainland property.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Right now, the site is mostly wooded except for the dilapidated remains of a 4-H camp and Future Farmers of America camp.  It was purchased for $10 million last spring to make the park a year round destination.  Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island David Pearson says an online survey asks people what amenities they want on the mainland property.

Well owners living near Duke Energy coal ash facilities have been notified that they’ll receive a permanent alternate drinking water supply.  A letter was sent to about 1,000 households this week.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Gov. Pat McCrory was in Goldsboro yesterday to celebrate the opening of the new Cherry Hospital. George Olsen has more.

Gov. Pat McCrory has declared the month of September North Carolina Preparedness Month. George Olsen has more.

Professional baseball returns to Kinston next year. George Olsen has more.

August 18th marks Marine Corp Air Station’s Cherry Point’s 75th anniversary and there will be a ceremony on the flight line marking the occasion.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The State Underwater Archeology Team will be on the Neuse River in Kinston Friday (August 19) searching for remnants of the CSS Neuse. George Olsen has more.

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With an expansion project now complete, the Port of Wilmington is able to handle larger container ships carrying more cargo.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

People in the sailing capital of North Carolina won’t have to drive far to get groceries anymore.  A ribbon cutting takes place Wednesday July, 27th on a new Piggly Wiggly in Oriental.  Jared Brumbaugh reports.

INTRO – North Carolinians are enjoying the lowest July gas prices in 12 years. George Olsen has more.

Thousands of dead fish have washed up on the banks of the Neuse River, near Flanners Beach.  Scientists believe the fish kill could get worse before it gets better.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Good news for gardeners in the Pitt County area. George Olsen has more.

Public input is being sought on transportation projects planned in and around New Bern.  Jared Brumbaugh has more on the meeting set for Wednesday, June 29th. 

The largest project, carried over from last year, would upgrade U.S. 70 in James City to interstate standards, and include intersection improvements to Taberna Way, Thurman Road, Stately Pines Road and Fisher Ave.  The meeting will also include details on a new roundabout where Broad Street, Neuse Boulevard and Martin Luther King converge. 

A section of U.S. 264 in Beaufort County will be closed for the next six months as a bridge replacement project gets underway.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The new span will replace the current bridge over Pantego Creek constructed in 1950 that is functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.  The project started last week and workers are installing new water and sewer infrastructure at the site now.  In the coming weeks, Resident Engineer for the State Department of Transportation Cadmus Capehart says demolition of the existing bridge will begin.

The saltmarsh sparrow could soon become a lot harder to find along the eastern North Carolina shoreline.  Scientists say the species could be headed for extinction in the next 50 years. 

Researchers at several universities along the East Coast have been tracking saltmarsh sparrow populations and say they’ve dropped about nine percent annually since 1998.  Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Maryland/DC was involved with the study and says habitat loss due to coastal development and sea-level rise are the main factors contributing to their rapid decline.

Coastal researchers in Beaufort are developing a tool that can alert officials when sharks get too close.  Jared Brumbaugh has more on how drones could be used to spot sharks swimming near popular beach spots. 

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation and Ecology at Duke University Dave Johnston is currently using fixed wing and quad copter drones to study bonnethead sharks to better understand their role in the ecosystem. 

“We fly over these coastal waters, the drones collect imagery, and we’re able to bring that back into the lab.”

You could soon pay a late fee if you’re tardy in renewing your vehicle registration. George Olsen has more.

Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

A coastal researcher from the Crystal Coast was recently honored for his work on developing and improving ways to count fish populations.        

State archaeologists now have more detailed sonar images to study of the Civil War blockade runner Agnes E. Fry. George Olsen has more.

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The NC 11 bridge over Buckskin Swamp and Grove Creek in Kenansville will be shut down for more than a week as crews make the span safe again.  Both north and southbound lanes are closed to all traffic as North Carolina Department of Transportation crews repair the bridge’s substructure which was damaged by recent rain events.  Communications Officer for Divisions 2 and 3 Brian Rick says they noticed the problem during a biannual inspection.

Attorney General Roy Cooper filed a lawsuit Tuesday against leaders of a Kinston charter school over the mishandling of public funds.  The complaint filed in Wake County Superior Court alleges CEO Ozie Hall, and the Chair of its Board Demyra McDonald-Hall falsely inflated the number of students Kinston Charter Academy would enroll so they could get more tax dollars, even though they knew the school would not be able to stay open for the 2013-2014 term.

Wolf Haven International

Federal and state officials are asking for assistance in the investigation of a red wolf death last fall.  A federally-protected red wolf was found dead Nov. 12 in Hyde County. Based on the condition of the body and other evidence, the actual date of death is estimated to be Oct. 31. The necropsy results recently received indicate the cause of death was gunshot. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the U.S.

INTRO – The names of those involved in a Highway Patrol trooper involved shooting Sunday morning in Kinston have been released.

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A Civil War-era shipwreck has been discovered off the North Carolina coast. George Olsen has more.

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The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a three state natural gas project connecting the Virginias and North Carolina, has a new route through the southeastern part of our state.  Now, an informational meeting is set for March 29th for landowners to hear about the changes and how it may impact them.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.  

The alternative route it is located farther from residential areas, as it parallels a Progress Energy Carolinas electric transmission line east of Fayetteville. Spokesperson for Duke Energy Tammie McGee.

The state’s public schools experienced the first increase in the dropout rate in nearly 10 years. George Olsen has more.

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