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  • Road Worrier: Wake GOP warms up to transit as NC Senate Republicans chill

    Posted by Bruce Siceloff - staff columnist on July 21, 2014

    New Wake County manager Jim Hartmann. Hartmann was previously county manager in Seminole County, Florida.

    Wake commissioners will hire a consultant to update a 2011 county plan for rail transit and more buses - possibly in time for voters to decide in October 2015 whether to adopt a half-cent sales tax to pay for transit investments.

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  • Toxic cleanup shifts from dirt near RDU to region’s streams, lakes

    Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 19, 2014

    Rob Bailey of Holly Springs heads to shore at Lake Crabtree on his standing paddle board late Wednesday afternoon, July 17, 2014. A large sign at right warns people not to take fish from the lake due to contamination from PCBs. Lake Crabtree is downstream from $82 million Superfund cleanup at the site of the Triangle’s nastiest industrial polluter, Ward Transformer Co. Ward’s half-century legacy of toxic PCB contamination will linger in the Raleigh area for many years to come, in creeks and lakes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport west of the city to the Neuse River on the east side.

    An 8-acre mound of dirt is all that remains after an $82 million cleanup at the site of Ward Transformer Co., the Triangle’s nastiest industrial polluter. But Ward’s half-century legacy of toxic PCB contamination will linger in the Raleigh area for years to come in creeks and lakes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport west of the city to the Neuse River on the east side.

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  • How much has NC sea level risen in recent years? Answer varies from north to south

    Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 16, 2014

    The northern NC coast is part of a land mass that is slowly sinking, and seas have risen there about 15 inches in the past 90 years. Farther south, at Wilmington, it's about 7 inches.

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  • Downtown Raleigh parking app in the works

    Posted by Colin Campbell on July 16, 2014

    Finding a parking space in downtown Raleigh could soon be as easy as a tap on the old smartphone. Jim Belt - who heads Downtown Living Advocates and made Tuesday's pitch for the app - said visitors often have the perception that parking is a challenge downtown. But with 18 decks and plenty of on-street spaces, Raleigh has plenty of options to choose from, and a dozen of them are free on evenings and weekends.

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  • Climate report warns of 4-foot floods on NC coast

    Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 15, 2014

    Coast Guard, local, state and federal emergency officials took a Coast Guard helicopter flight Friday morning, July 4, 2014, to survey Hurricane Arthur's impact on North Carolina's Outer Banks. This photo of an unspecified NC location was uploaded to the Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic's Facebook page on Friday.

    Climate Central published interactive online maps it said will help North Carolina coastal residents gauge the risk of flooding expected to increase as the seas rise. Meanwhile, the NC Coastal Resources Commission science panel prepared to start work on a new official state forecast for sea-level rise during the next 30 years.

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  • Paul Coble signals willingness to start moving on a Wake transit plan

    Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 11, 2014

    The Wake County commissioners will be asked at a July 21 work session to agree on a plan for developing a “transit investment strategy” to replace the Wake Transit Plan, which was shelved after its introduction three years ago.

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