Weather should allow great view of “Christmas Star” conjunction over the Outer Banks

The forecast Monday night looks promising for a great view along the Outer Banks of something that hasn’t been seen in eight centuries. What has become known popularly as the “Christmas Star” is an especially vibrant planetary conjunction easily visible as the bright planets Jupiter and Saturn come together, culminating on what also happens to […]

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Public comment forum Thursday on request to hike Outer Banks homeowners insurance rates

Homeowners insurance rates along the Outer Banks and throughout northeastern North Carolina could increase another 25 percent next summer under a proposal submitted by the industry to state regulators, while local and statewide groups are calling the request out-of-line. The state will host a public comment forum on Thursday, both in-person at the state Capitol […]

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Marine Fisheries Commission member proposes five-year ban of keeping striped bass

The lone member of the state Marine Fisheries Commission from northeastern North Carolina formally proposed a five-year ban on keeping striped bass, also known as rockfish, caught in local waters north of Oregon Inlet. Pete Kornegay of Camden, who serves as the lone scientific community member of the nine-person panel that regulates commercial and recreational […]

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Marine Fisheries Commission to consider ban on repacking foreign crab meat in N.C.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet by web conference Nov. 19 and 20, beginning at 9 a.m. each day, and among the agenda items is a possible ban on N.C. seafood companies repacking foreign crab meat. A Tyrrell County seafood processor, was prosecuted and sentenced to federal prison after selling millions of dollars in […]

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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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