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Pine Knoll Shores' Stormwater Project Addresses Ongoing Flooding

Pine Knoll Shores and the North Carolina Coastal Federation are designing an innovative stormwater project that will preserve water quality and reduce flooding in the coastal town.

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FEMA Public Assistance will become available to local governments, state agencies and certain private non-profits in Bladen and Chowan counties, according to a news release from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's office. The cost-sharing program will provide reimbursement for costs spent on repairing infrastructure and public facilities damaged by Hurricane Dorian.

The power line that provides electricity to an Outer Banks island will be replaced with an underground cable next year. Officials with the Cape Hatteras National Seashore say in a news release Monday that they've issued a permit to replace an overhead power line on Hatteras Island that's the only source of electricity for the 1,385 electrical customers on Ocracoke Island. The cable will connect to the existing underwater power line between the two islands. The project is expected to begin in January and take about two months to complete.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that Michael Aram, Inc., an internationally renowned luxury design company, plans to relocate a logistics center to Goldsboro. The company plans to invest $5.7 million in the facility. A grant, recently awarded to Wayne County from the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority, supports the reuse of a 234,972 square foot building in Goldsboro. The company, which produces jewelry and home furnishings, will create 118 jobs.

Photo ID Information Being Delivered To N.C. Voters

Dec 9, 2019

The State Board of Elections is notifying every residential household in North Carolina about the photo ID requirement for voting, which takes effect in 2020. In the coming days, information will be mailed to 4.7 million households explaining which types of photo ID are accepted, how voters can obtain a free Voter ID card, policy for voting without an acceptable photo ID, and qualifying exceptions to the requirement. It is the first of four educational mailings required by law. 



Great white sharks are showing up off the Carolina coast as winter approaches. The Charlotte Observer reported Monday that 10 great whites have been recorded off the North Carolina and South Carolina coast in recent weeks. They include one that’s almost 15 feet long and weighs more than 1,300 pounds. The group Ocearch tags the sharks with GPS trackers that “ping” each time they surface. Researchers said the southeastern coast is a “a winter hot spot" for sharks. Ocearch founder Chris Fischer said the area off Cape Hatteras is “a staging area for migration” in the fall and spring.

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Dozens of alleged victims who sued former movie producer Harvey Weinstein for sexual misconduct have tentatively settled their case. The disgraced Hollywood mogul and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reached a tentative $25 million agreement to settle multiple claims according to attorney Steve Berman who represents some of the victims.

If approved by a judge, the settlement would not require Weinstein to either admit to wrongdoing or pay anything personally.

A federal judge in California ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration may not divert $3.6 billion in Defense Department funds for construction of the wall on the southern border.

Updated at 9:20 p.m. ET

A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from using $3.6 billion in Pentagon funds to pay for the construction of a wall on the southern border.

Picture a nude George Washington riding a white horse, wearing high heels and nothing but a coquettish pout on his lips. Now imagine a portrait of the scene hanging at the National Portrait Gallery in the nation's capital.

That's not much different from what is happening in Mexico's most prestigious museum, Palacio de Bellas Artes, which is displaying a controversial portrait of Emiliano Zapata, one of the country's most beloved revolutionary heroes.

Police in northeast India fired tear gas into protesters on Wednesday, as clashes escalated over a controversial citizenship bill passed by parliament.

The legislation, which the Indian president is expected to sign this week, would fast track citizenship for scores of immigrants living in the country — but not Muslims.

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Top 40 CDs as heard on The Sound 2019 (as of 12/6/19)

Free download of This is True from the CD True by the Elders, currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Free download of You Ain't Got the Heart from the CD Roll With It by the Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men, currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Free download of Most of that Left from the CD Empty Glasses by Reagan Boggs,  as heard on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Sing - Jennifer Licko

Jun 30, 2016

INTRO – A new CD by ENC native Jennifer Licko took a long, circuitous and electronic path toward final production. George Olsen has more.

“It was a really nice collaboration of an Irish producer in Minnesota, an English producer in Florida and a Brazilian producer here in Brazil and I think it made for an interesting outcome.”   

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