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Archive for September, 2009

NC governor creates offshore energy advisory panel

Monday, September 21st, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Beverly Perdue says a new panel will help North Carolina make sound decisions on whether to tap into alternative energy resources along its coast.

Perdue announced Monday the creation of the Governor’s Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy. The yet-to-be-named panel members will examine the feasibility of tapping into oil and
natural gas reserves off the Atlantic coast, as well as generating energy from the wind and sun.

The panel also will evaluate federal proposals for offshore oil and gas lease sales.

Perdue said during last year’s campaign she was open to offshore drilling if scientists prove it’s safe.

Perdue plans to travel to the Outer Banks this week and attend a public meeting on the potential for coastal wind energy.

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

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Gov. Beverly Perdue says a new panel will help North Carolina make sound decisions on whether to tap into alternative energy resources along its coast.

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In the Kitchen with Ken – Fried spot with mustard slaw

Monday, September 21st, 2009

By Ken BlevinsStarNews Photographer

Ken cooks up a local classic in honor of the 46th annual N.C. Spot Festival in Hampstead Sept. 26-27.

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Newborn of NC teen shot at school bus stop dies

Monday, September 21st, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — The newborn delivered after her mother was shot at a school bus stop in North Carolina has died.

Multiple media outlets reported that Charlotte police said the daughter of 15-year-old Tiffany Wright died early Sunday. Wright was 32 weeks into her pregnancy when she was shot and killed before dawn Sept. 14 as she waited for a school bus.

Doctors delivered Wright’s baby, but the newborn was in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center from the start.

Wright’s adoptive brother, 36-year-old Royce Mitchell of Charlotte, has been charged with statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child. Police said Wright was the victim of those
crimes. He has a bond hearing Friday.

Wright’s funeral will be Tuesday at Calvary Christian Church.

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

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The newborn delivered after her mother was shot at a school bus stop in North Carolina has died.

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New Hanover commissioners seek $3.7 million grant for Ogden fire station

Monday, September 21st, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

New Hanover County hopes to win a $3.7 million grant to build a new fire station for the Ogden area.

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Groups to study NC’s wild horses at Corolla

Monday, September 21st, 2009

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COROLLA, N.C. — A study set to begin early next year could resolve debate over the effect of Corolla’s wild horses on North Carolina’s maritime forests, marshland and wet meadows.

The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk reported that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to work with North Carolina State University on the study.

Currituck National Wildlife Refuge manager Mike Hoff says the approximately 100 wild horses graze on grasses also used by waterfowl for food and shelter. Hoff says migratory bird habitat is the primary mission for the more than 4,500-acre refuge.

He says during the two-year study, horses, feral hogs or deer will be blocked from some areas to gauge the effect of each species on habitat. One fenced area of 143 acres, already in place, excludes all three species and appears more lush than the surrounding area, Hoff said.

The horses are a popular tourist attraction along the Outer Banks.

The study and others to follow are expected to show how many wild horses best keep the herd healthy and have a minimal effect on the refuge. “There’s probably a happy medium in there somewhere,” Hoff said. “We just have to find out what it is scientifically.”

A 1999 management plan limits the number of horses to 60, but that limit hasn’t been enforced over the years. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund petitioned Fish and Wildlife last year to increase the herd size to at least 120 to increase the gene pool and allow for a
healthier herd. The request was denied.

Wild horse experts have said a herd of 60 is too small, said Karen McCalpin, executive director of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. A wild horse herd on Shackleford Banks remains about 120 on only 3,000 acres, she said.

“We don’t have the level of scientific information to make educated management decisions on the horses,” she said.

The fund has tried to reduce the herd, either through adoption or birth control serum.

The horses roam the 7,500-acre four-wheel-drive area of the Currituck northern Outer Banks, including the refuge and communities of beach rental homes and about 150 permanent
residents.

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A study set to begin early next year could resolve debate over the effect of Corolla’s wild horses on North Carolina’s maritime forests, marshland and wet meadows.

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