Raleigh police and fire investigators were trying to determine the identify of a person was who was found dead after an intense fire at what was thought to be an abandoned house on Poole Road on Wednesday morning.
North Carolinians should get ready for a sea-level rise over the next three decades that could be as little as 3.5 inches on the southern coast and as much as 10.6 inches in the northern Outer Banks, a state science advisory panel said Tuesday.
North Carolina’s gas tax will drop by a few pennies over the next 15 months – starting Wednesday with a reduction of 1.5 cents a gallon – under a law enacted Tuesday to ward off a larger tax cut that was expected to cost the state $800 million in transportation money over the next four years. House Democrats protested that the measure will put an unfair tax burden on working families.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will start emergency dredging Wednesday to reopen the sand-clogged navigation channel at Oregon Inlet, which is closed to most boaters as the summer tourism season approaches.
Developer Bob Chapman sees the Downtown Loop as “a girdle” on Durham's city center, “binding and preventing downtown from growing.” He and business partner Rob Dickson want to convert the road to two-way traffic and make it more friendly to pedestrians.
House and Senate leaders announced a deal Thursday that will gradually cut a few pennies off the state gas and diesel fuel tax over the next two years – starting next week – and cancel a much more substantial cut that would have cost the state Department of Transportation hundreds of jobs and more than $400 million in revenues.
A bill to define a new sort of three-wheeled vehicle called an autocycle zoomed through the House Thursday without dissent – and without any mention that nobody has manufactured an autocycle and nobody can buy one.
Transportation planners at the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization are studying how roadways, transit and bicycle and pedestrian features could accommodate development in a growing area between Raleigh and Smithfield during the next 30 years.
A House committee called for the repeal Tuesday of a 1987 law that lets the North Carolina Department of Transportation block development indefinitely on private land it might want to buy, years in the future, to build new roads. A separate Senate bill would amend the law, putting limits on DOT’s power to control landowners without paying them.
A House committee will vote Tuesday on Rep. Rayne Brown’s proposal to repeal a 1987 law designed to keep right-of-way costs low for the state Department of Transportation. Another vote is expected Wednesday on measures to change what DOT pays and how it behaves when it condemns land.