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UPDATE: NC Ferry Information

Updated: 07/04/2009 - There is new information about ferry service in the wake of this morning's fireworks explosion on Ocracoke Island.

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NEW INFO: Survivor Of Fireworks Blast Speaks; Fund Established

Updated: 07/08/2009 - Doctors say the sole survivor of a fireworks explosion that killed four others on the Outer Banks will recover from burns on his arms and face but will face a lifetime of therapy. Meanwhile, a memorial fund has been set up for the victim's families.

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Vandalism Extends Closed Beach Area

Posted: 06/30/2009 - The National Park Service has expanded two closed areas on the Outer Banks because of vandalism to signs and fences that protect nesting areas for endangered birds.

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70-Foot Yacht Hits Bonner Bridge

Updated: 06/26/2009 - The DOT says the bridge over the Oregon Inlet is okay, but the yacht received a hefty gash in its side.

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House Panel Unveils Bid To Fix Beach Insurance

Posted: 06/25/2009 - North Carolina lawmakers have started grappling with how the underfunded Beach Plan would keep its insurance promises after a bad hurricane season.

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Minister Dies On The Outer Banks

Updated: 06/25/2009 - Police say Rev. Clayton Thornton was pulled from the surf at Southern Shores on Wednesday.

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The Sandbag Issue

Posted: 06/24/2009 - The North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission will talk about sandbags at a two-day meeting, starting Wednesday.

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Some Ferry Runs Suspended

Posted: 06/23/2009 - Trouble with one of the vessels is suspending some ferry runs on certain routes for at least the rest of this week.

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All NC Homes Could Pay In Beach Coverage Deal

Updated: 05/26/2010 - Every North Carolina property owner could be tagged with part of the cost of rebuilding insured coastal property after a major hurricane if a deal taking shape in the Legislature is approved.

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Divers Plan Survey Of Civil War Ironclad Off Coast

Posted: 06/22/2009 - Divers plan to survey the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor off the North Carolina coast this week with high-definition cameras to look for deterioration in the nearly 150-year-old underwater wreckage.

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Cooperative Bank Closed

Updated: 06/20/2009 - The North Carolina Commissioner of Banks has closed Cooperative Bank of Wilmington, which has branches throughout eastern Carolina.

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NC House OKs Plastic Bag Ban On Outer Banks

Updated: 06/18/2009 - North Carolina legislators are close to ordering big retailers on the Outer Banks to quit using lightweight plastic bags in a bid to preserve the environment.

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Conservator To Discuss USS Monitor At NC Museum

Posted: 06/17/2009 - The senior conservator with the USS Monitor project at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, will talk about the ship's conservation at a North Carolina museum not far from where the ship sank.

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Basnight's Bid To Ban Plastic Bags Rallies Foes

Updated: 06/10/2009 - Businesses that fear losing sales if North Carolina bars large Outer Banks stores from giving away plastic grocery bags are mobilizing against the brainchild of the state Senate's powerful leader.

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Inside Of Ocracoke Lighthouse To Be Renovated

Posted: 06/08/2009 - The renovations will include restoration of the metalwork on the 80 steps of the spiral staircase, repainting walls and cast iron and installing new lightning protection.

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