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5 Things: Getting ready for Hurricane Joaquin; new credit card chips; changing football schedule

Five things today include a long weekend of rain and wind, changing high school football games to beat the hurricane and a murderer’s possible execution Thursday night. Hurricane Joaquin lumbering along: The storm has become a category 3 hurricane as Hampton Roads and much of the east coast brace for bad weather.

Public hearing today on Buxton beach plan

MANTEO, N.C. — Federal agencies are holding a public meeting Thursday about a beach nourishment proposal for Buxton on Hatteras Island. The meeting will be held in the Fessenden Center in Buxton. Residents will be able to discuss the environmental assessment of the plan.

Duke Energy reaches $7M deal over water pollution accusations

RALEIGH, N.C. Duke Energy agreed Tuesday to pay North Carolina regulators $7 million to settle allegations of groundwater pollution at its coal ash pits and to perform accelerated cleanups costing millions of dollars at four sites.

Western Branch High School partners with Dominion for rooftop solar panels

CHESAPEAKE Western Branch High School is partnering with Dominion Virginia Power to use a new solar energy system. Construction is underway through the Dominion Solar Partnership Program to install more than 3,000 rooftop solar panels at the school, according to a Dominion news release.

Virginia Aquarium to open exhibit on Stranding Response Team

VIRGINIA BEACH The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center plans to unveil a new exhibit today that shows the work of the aquarium’s Stranding Response Team. The new exhibit will open at 1:30 p.m. today with aquarium staff and its board, along with city officials. The aquarium is located at 717 General Booth Blvd.

Even minor storms pose major threats to vital N.C. 12

KITTY HAWK, N.C. If it weren't for the sandbags -- weighing about 5 tons apiece -- N.C. 12 might have washed out at Mile Post 4 this past weekend.  Washouts aren't new for the fragile road stretching from Corolla to Hatteras. At times, the land it sits on isn't much wider than the pavement.

Strong evidence Mars has streams of salt water in summertime

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.
Mars appears to have flowing rivulets of salty water, at least in the summer, scientists reported Monday in a finding that could have major implications for the possibility of life on the red planet.
"It suggests that it would be possible for there to be life today on Mars," NASA's science mission chief, John Grunsfeld, said at a news conference.

Power line across the James River: An intrusive eyesore or electrical necessity?

NORFOLK In a quiet, tucked-away building on Front Street, a battle will be decided - one pitting society's basic requirements against the holy grail of Virginia history.

Raccoon that fought with dogs in Norfolk tests positive for rabies

NORFOLK A raccoon tested positive for rabies after it had a run-in with two dogs Monday. It happened in the 7000 block of N. Shore Road, according to a news release from the Norfolk Department of Public Health. No humans were exposed. Residents of that area are reminded to keep their pets' vaccinations up to date and to report bites or scratches from wild animals to the Health Department.

Rigell leads the chorus on offshore drilling, but not all businesses sing along

VIRGINIA BEACH Exposing a rift within the region's business community over the prospects of drilling for gas and oil off Virginia's coast, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum Monday touting the potential economic bonanza from drilling.

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