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Leaders in Southeast cities finishing region talks

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — The mayors of two major Southeastern cities are finishing their talks about the formation of a megaregion that would stretch from North Carolina to Alabama.

Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin will hold a news conference Wednesday to discuss their two-day conference. The meetings have brought together officials from energy, transportation and environmental sectors to identify issues and opportunities in the area.

The region spreading from Raleigh to Birmingham, Ala. is expected to be one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. McCrory said in a statement that officials must begin the
process of planning for that growth now.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The mayors of two major Southeastern cities are finishing their talks about the formation of a megaregion that would stretch from North Carolina to Alabama.

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Beach driving areas on NC Outer Banks reopen

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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BUXTON, N.C. — The National Park Service says the most popular off-road vehicle areas at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the North Carolina Outer Banks have reopened.

The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk reported that only small sections of beach remain closed to protect nesting seabirds.

The National Park Service Outer Banks Group says that South Beach and South Point reopened last weekend. South Beach is located near Buxton on Hatteras Island and South Point is located on Ocracoke Island.

Nearly all of Bodie Island Spit also is open to off-road vehicles.

Beach closures are required by a settlement between the park service and environmental groups that sued over protection of endangered species.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The National Park Service says the most popular off-road vehicle areas at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the North Carolina Outer Banks have reopened.

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Wrightsville Beach’s weak rental market also offers signs of hope

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

By Patricia E. MatsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Hotel and house rentals are down 9.66 percent from the previous year at Wrightsville Beach, “worse than expected,” according to Lee Nettles of the Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Severe storm watch issued for coastal North Carolina

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect through 9 p.m. Wednesday and covers Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties.

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Tropical depression in Atlantic could become tropical storm

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

A tropical depression in the Atlantic has yet to strengthen but forecasters say it could become a tropical storm in the next few days.

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