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Posted by Bruce Siceloff on January 31, 2015
North Carolinas coast will see more frequent and more destructive floods at high tide over the next 30 years, several studies say even on mild, sunny days as rising sea levels shove the Atlantic Ocean higher onto our shores.
A 2014 report from the Union of Concerned Scientists warns that minor tidal flooding will become a near-daily event in the Wilmington area by 2045.
And worse flooding is expected for the Outer Banks, where the sea level is rising faster. Today it takes a tropical storm or noreaster to kick up serious floods that can damage buildings and endanger lives on the low-lying barrier islands. But this is changing.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on January 28, 2015
North Carolina business leaders on Wednesday called for the legislature to increase state transportation spending by billions of dollars over the coming decade – but they refused to discuss possible new taxes.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on January 27, 2015
North Carolina will require registrations and license plates for mopeds starting in July, and some state leaders also want to require liability insurance and place new restrictions on who can drive the little scooters.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on January 26, 2015
While Orange and Durham counties invest high hopes in a modern light-rail line that would run between UNC and Duke, old-fashioned buses are earning new respect as transit priorities in Wake County.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on January 14, 2015
New depth restrictions were announced for cargo ships that call at the Morehead City port, and U.S. Rep. Walter Jones said Congress should cut spending in Afghanistan to free up money to dredge the shallow navigation channel.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on January 13, 2015
The heaviest shoaling in decades is clogging the channel at the Morehead City state port – reducing the navigable depth for freight vessels by 10 feet and forcing shippers to lighten their loads, at a cost to one port customer of more than $2 million a month. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has fallen behind on regular dredging to keep the channel open.