President to add North Carolina to executive order barring new oil drilling leases through 2032

President Donald Trump will reportedly extend a moratorium on new leases for oil and natural gas drilling off the North Carolina coast for at least the next decade. U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R) said in a statement issued Monday that he had spoken with the President earlier in the day, and was informed that North […]

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N.C. Attorney General: Lawsuit against White House over offshore seismic testing to continue

Despite the withdrawal by one company of an application to conduct seismic testing offshore for oil and natural gas, North Carolina’s Attorney General said he will continue with a lawsuit against the Trump Administration lifting a moratorium on drilling off the coast. WesternGeco, LLC. sent a letter to federal officials on September 4, withdrawing their […]

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Company seeking to conduct offshore seismic testing for oil and gas withdraws application

In a surprise move, the company that was seeking to conduct a seismic survey off the coast of North Carolina and other states for potential oil and natural gas appears to have decided to call it quits. WesternGeco, LLC. sent a letter to federal officials on September 4, withdrawing their application submitted in 2014. “The […]

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Powerschool, Canvas systems crash on first day of school in North Carolina

The statewide online system used to store and manage student information crashed on the first day of classes for North Carolina public and charter schools, where more than two-thirds of kids are going virtual only. The NCEdCloud, which hosts the Powerschool and Canvas systems, went down sometime after 8 a.m. Parents… The state is experiencing […]

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Group calling for ban of large trawlers in the sounds sues North Carolina, shrimpers

  An organization called the North Carolina Coastal Fisheries Reform Group has filed a federal lawsuit against state regulators and six of North Carolina’s largest shrimp trawl companies as part of an effort to ban trawling in the sounds on the grounds it violates the federal Clean Water Act. “The day has come. We didn’t […]

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Man injured after falling off of boat in Pamlico Sound; brother charged with negligent operation of a motorboat

A northern Virginia man was seriously injured on Friday, June 19, after he was knocked overboard while riding on the bow of his brother’s boat in the Pamlico Sound off of Hatteras Island and was hit by the propeller. The Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad and Dare EMS and N.C. Wildlife Resources […]

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Legislature moves towards funding Ocracoke passenger ferry, repairs at ECSU

A bill in the N.C. General Assembly awaiting a final vote and the governor’s signature would provide funding for the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry to operate this summer and much-needed repairs at Elizabeth City State University. Senate Bill 750, introduced by First District Sen. Bob Steinburg (R-Chowan) on May 14, was originally written to payoff […]

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Dare County unemployment hits highest mark in 30 years

Unemployment claims exploded in Dare County as businesses completely shut their doors or significantly cut pay for workers that stayed on as the COVID-19 pandemic set-in, spiking to levels not seen in three decades. The state Department of Commerce reported Wednesday the unemployment rate for April was 24.5 percent, eclipsing the previous high mark of […]

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Gov. Cooper expected to announce second phase of reopening will start Friday

Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to announce Wednesday that North Carolina will enter the second phase of easing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic at the end of this week. That includes allowing restaurants, salons, barber shops, gyms and other businesses to reopen with limits on capacity to allow for social distancing, requirements for cleaning […]

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