North Carolina’s state employee health plan shifting to Aetna in 2025

North Carolina’s state employees will have a new health insurance provider beginning in 2025, according to a plan announced Wednesday by State Treasurer Dale Folwell. Nearly 740,000 teachers, state employees, retirees, current and former lawmakers, state university and community college personnel, and their dependents are covered by the state government-administered plan that has been through […]

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What they’re saying about federal grant for Alligator River bridge replacement project

Reaction has poured in following Tuesday’s announcement that a $110 federal grant has been awarded to help pay for a replacement of the nearly six decades old drawbridge that carries U.S. 64 over the Alligator River. The N.C. Department of Transportation says a new two-lane, fixed span bridge located north of the current Lindsay C. Warren […]

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Replacement for bridge over Alligator River to begin by 2025 thanks to $110M federal grant

The primary link between the Outer Banks and the rest of North Carolina will soon be getting a major improvement thanks to a federal grant that was announced Tuesday. In a statement from Governor Roy Cooper, a $110 million federal Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation has been awarded to help […]

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Off-season dining hours list for Outer Banks restaurants available on OBVB website

From If you’re looking for somewhere to dine on the Outer Banks during the off-season, then the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau has a link for you. A link to the list of hours is displayed on the homepage. The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau attempts to ensure the information is accurate, however hours of operation are […]

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Outer Banks, northeast N.C. avoid major issues from 2022 hurricane season

While the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season will be remembered for the devastation in Florida and Puerto Rico, the Outer Banks and northeastern North Carolina were spared any major issues from what turned out to be an average year for tropical cyclone activity. The season that ended November 30 produced 14 named storms with winds of […]

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Newest member of N.C. Ferry System fleet, M/V Salvo, arrives in Manns Harbor

The newest addition to the North Carolina Ferry System fleet arrived Thursday morning at the NCDOT Shipyard in Manns Harbor. The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $22.85 million contract in 2018 to Gulf Island Shipyards of Houma, Louisiana, for construction of two new River Class ferries that can transport 40 vehicles. The M/V Salvo, […]

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NOAA taking comment on proposed 2023 bluefish commercial and recreational limits

NOAA Fisheries is proposing the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s recommended catch specifications for the 2023 bluefish fishery. These proposed catch limits are largely unchanged from what was previously projected for fishing year 2023, with adjustments to the final recreational harvest limit to account for a 2021 recreational sector overage, and the most recent (2021) recreational […]

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Insurance companies seek massive rate increase for mobile homes in northeastern North Carolina, Outer Banks

The North Carolina Rate Bureau has filed a request with the N.C. Department of Insurance to increase insurance rates for mobile home policies over the next two years, with the biggest rate hikes in the state again along coastal areas. The NCRB, which represents insurance companies and is not a part of the N.C. Department […]

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