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Groups try to halt deal on coal-ash spill

RALEIGH, N.C. Environmental groups said Tuesday that they will try to stop what they called a sweetheart deal between Gov. Pat McCrory's environmental regulators and his former employer over the liability Duke Energy faces from toxic coal ash pollution.

Groups target "sweatheart" Duke Energy-N.C. coal ash deal

RALEIGH, N.C. Environmental groups said Tuesday they're going to court to try stopping what they called a sweetheart deal between Gov. Pat McCrory's environmental regulators and his former employer over the liability Duke Energy faces from toxic coal ash pollution.

Great white shark Mary Lee off the Eastern Shore this morning

Mary Lee may be heading north. After her satellite tracker pinged off Virginia Beach on Monday morning, she surfaced again this morning off the Eastern Shore.  The great white shark that has become an Internet sensation had traveled a little more than 166 miles in the past 24 hours. 

Mosquito spraying planned for Craney Island, other areas

PORTSMOUTH The city and Army Corps of Engineers will spray Craney Island, the Churchland area and some city properties for mosquitoes today. Aerial spraying is set for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m., depending on weather, a city news release says. The spraying from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. will use mosquito larvicide to target larvae on Craney Island.

Great white shark Mary Lee off Virginia Beach again after visit to North Carolina

Great white shark Mary Lee headed away from Albemarle Sound overnight and pinged off Virginia Beach this morning. 
The 16-foot, 3,456-pound shark was swimming in the sound in North Carolina Sunday night, then her satellite tracker got a hit at 7:38 a.m. today off the Virginia Beach coast, according to the Oceach site. 

Chesapeake's Western Branch High, Dominion Virginia Power hook up in solar partnership

CHESAPEAKE Solar panels will soon sit atop Western Branch High School's roof, generating enough energy to power hundreds of homes. Western Branch is the first high school in the state to enter Dominion Virginia Power's Solar Partnership Program, under which Dominion leases space at facilities to install solar panels. The energy they generate is delivered to the power grid.

Police: Park in Virginia Beach closed after fox bites two men

VIRGINIA BEACH Animal Control is looking for a fox that reportedly bit two people at Great Neck Park on Shorehaven Drive. The incidents occurred Sunday morning around 7:30, according to a news release from Virginia Beach police. The two victims, both men, sought medical treatment, but there is no confirmation the fox is rabid. As a precaution, Great Neck Park is closed until further notice.

Great white shark Mary Lee checked in off the Outer Banks today

Looks like a beautiful day to go to the beach. Who's in? -;() @OCEARCH pic.twitter.com/wnTm9TOx5P
— Mary Lee the shark (@MaryLeeShark) October 11, 2015
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Tourist season may be winding down, but Mary Lee seems to be enjoying a visit along our shores.

Part of James River reopens to shellfish harvesting

Nearly 20 miles of the James River has been reopened to shellfish harvesting after it was closed Monday due to a pollution risk from heavy rains and flooding, according to the state Department of Health.

Army Corps: Burying Dominion power line in James River not practical

NORFOLK Opponents of a high-voltage transmission line near historic Jamestown received a blow when the Army Corps of Engineers released its preliminary evaluation of the proposed project. Regulators tasked with granting or denying a permit agreed late last week with Dominion Virginia Power: It's not practical to bury the line under the James River, as opponents wanted.

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