One lawsuit dismissed, another filed against state over fisheries management

Dozens of North Carolina residents and a recreational fishing advocacy group have filed a lawsuit against state regulators over what they call “abject failure” to “properly manage” the state’s coastal resources. The latest suit was filed on Tuesday in state court, the same day another group’s legal action against government officials’ management of marine fisheries […]

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Week after election, homeowners insurance companies request 25 percent rate hike on Outer Banks

Homeowners insurance rates along the Outer Banks and throughout northeastern North Carolina could increase by 25 percent next summer under a proposal submitted by the industry to state regulators. The request was announced exactly one week after state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey won a second term over former commissioner Wayne Goodwin. Causey, a Republican, announced […]

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Coast Guard families involved in early morning fire in Buxton; four people unaccounted for

Officials said that members of the U.S. Coast Guard and their families were involved in an early morning fire in Buxton that injured two people, while four others were still missing Friday evening. “With great sadness, I have confirmed that the family of one of our active duty members is currently unaccounted for,” said Capt. […]

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N.C. absentee ballots without witness signature have to be replaced with new ballot

Absentee ballots in North Carolina without a witness signature on the ballot envelope will not be counted, and mail-in voters that made the mistake will have to submit a new ballot. The state Board of Elections issued new guidance to the counties Monday afternoon as part of a complicated legal battle between Republicans and Democrats […]

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Judge rules suit against seismic testing off Outer Banks “moot” as permits set to expire

A federal judge in South Carolina has dismissed a case challenging permits that would allow seismic testing off the Atlantic Coast from Virginia to Florida. Coastal Review Online reported the challenge brought by environmental advocates, including the North Carolina Coastal Federation, to federal permits authorizing five companies to harm or harass marine mammals while conducting seismic […]

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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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