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Archive for August, 2014

Public can comment on proposed rules for fracking at series of hearings

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The public is invited to a meeting with North Carolina officials to comment on proposed rules for the oil and gas drilling method known as fracking.

The first of four public meetings is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at NC State University in Raleigh. The state Mining and Energy Commission plans to hold other meetings in Sanford, Reidsville and Cullowhee.

In June, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law clearing the way for permits to be issued for hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – as soon as next spring. The drilling method involves injecting mixtures of water, sand gravel or other chemicals to break apart underground rocks to allow oil and gas to escape.

The law lifts a 2012 moratorium that blocked permits. It’s been criticized by environmental groups.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Wilmington councilman seeks information about WPD

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Wilmington Councilman Earl Sheridan wants Chief Ralph Evangelous to answer a range of operational questions

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Out-of-state plates present challenges to police

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Police departments in Wilmington Beach towns see challenges with tourist season. Hundreds of different license plates make it difficult for officers to get information about a driver, and visually identify an illegal driver.

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First Alert Forecast: triple-digit heat index likely once again

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

A hot ridge of high pressure will continue to govern our weather in the short term. A relatively cooler air mass will flow into our area this weekend and early next week.

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Free backpack give away Saturday, Aug. 23

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

This weekend at the Martin Luther King Center several organizations around Wilmington are hosting a Back to School Bash where they will be giving away free backpacks with proper school supplies for children. This event takes place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

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