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Thousands of North Carolina Students Are Still Missing School Weeks After Hurricane Florence Thousands of North Carolina Students Are Still Missing School Weeks After Hurricane Florence

For some kids in North Carolina, the school year started only to be abruptly halted. Hurricane Florence tore through their communities three weeks ago, but the situation has yet to return to normal.

North Carolina Is Facing a Public Health Crisis After Florence North Carolina Is Facing a Public Health Crisis After Florence

Hurricane Florence unleashed unfathomable amounts of disgusting—and dangerous—substances into the environment. There’s literal pig shit, animal carcasses, and coal ash. These are already entering floodwaters, and there’s likely more pollution to come. After all, flooding in the Carolinas may continue to worsen.

Officials Warn Those in Path of Hurricane Florence It's Their Last Chance to Evacuate Officials Warn Those in Path of Hurricane Florence It's Their Last Chance to Evacuate

Authorities are warning coastal residents in the path of Hurricane Florence to evacuate now or be at the mercy of the Category 3 storm, which is expected to slow upon hitting the coast of the Carolinas on Thursday and ravage the region with storm surge, rainfall, and flooding.

North Carolina's New Environmental Justice Board Is a Big Deal North Carolina's New Environmental Justice Board Is a Big Deal

Marian Johnson-Thompson is an environmental health scientist. She’s also a resident of North Carolina. She retired from the National Institutes of Health in 2008, marking an end to a career spent actively protecting human lives—or so it seemed at the time.

Ransomware Shut Down a Whole North Carolina County Ransomware Shut Down a Whole North Carolina County

Hackers were able to lock down several servers of a county government in North Carolina with ransomware this week, locking local officials out of computer systems that manage inmate populations, child support, and other social services. But despite the outages, the county isn’t planning to pay the $23,000 ransom…

Everything to Know About the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Federal Regulators Just Approved Everything to Know About the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Federal Regulators Just Approved

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the Atlantic Coast pipeline on Friday. The natural gas project has largely flown under the radar, but it’s one hell of a pipeline: 600 miles long and set to run through three states. Activists have been busy on the ground challenging it since at least 2013—and not far…

Woman Makes Video for Fiverr, Gets Framed for Fake Anthrax Packages Woman Makes Video for Fiverr, Gets Framed for Fake Anthrax Packages

We all know that the gig economy is just a terrifying innovation that makes it easier for the moneyed class to exploit workers. But one Fiverr drone recently found out that it’s also a perfect way to get framed for doing crimes.

North Carolina Is Underwater After Hurricane Matthew North Carolina Is Underwater After Hurricane Matthew

The United States may have avoided the brunt of Hurricane Matthew’s deadly rain and wind storms, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Southeast coast from receiving severe damage. After Hurricane Matthew rolled through the Caribbean and killed nearly 900 people in Haiti, the storm continued along the US Southeastern…

Porn Site xHamster is Protesting North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Bill Beautifully Porn Site xHamster is Protesting North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Bill Beautifully

Springsteen boycotts are one thing, but porn site xHamster is hitting North Carolina’s legislature where it really hurts.

Judge Arrested for Trying to Bribe FBI Agent to Spy on People by Offering Him Beer Judge Arrested for Trying to Bribe FBI Agent to Spy on People by Offering Him Beer

A North Carolina judge was arrested this week for allegedly trying to bribe an FBI agent to obtain a log of text messages without a warrant.

A Daughter's Faith and Persistence Help Solve a 43-Year-Old Mystery A Daughter's Faith and Persistence Help Solve a 43-Year-Old Mystery

Amos Shook was in his mid-40s when he went missing February 19, 1972. His daughter, Pamela, was just 14 at the time of his disappearance, and her father’s fate haunted her over the years. In June, she urged authorities to reopen the case. This time, the results were swift and startling.

North Carolina Wants To Declare Its 100 Wolves Extinct North Carolina Wants To Declare Its 100 Wolves Extinct

Around 100 red wolves roam wild in North Carolina, but not for much longer if the state government has its way. Pending federal approval, they plan to round them up and force them into captivity.

America's Forgotten Wolf Still Lives In North Carolina America's Forgotten Wolf Still Lives In North Carolina

Did you know there were wolves roaming freely in North Carolina? Neither did we, so we set out to learn more about this rarest of canids: the Red Wolf.

When Forced Sterilizations Were Performed In The United States When Forced Sterilizations Were Performed In The United States

They were carried out, according to the Eugenics Board of North Carolina,"for the best interest of the mental, moral, and physical well-being of the said patient, and/or for the public good."

Gas Prices, Hurricanes, Bike Porn: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week Gas Prices, Hurricanes, Bike Porn: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

A hurricane is poised to ruin the Atlantic Seaboard's barbecues this weekend. Gas prices might ruin the rest of the country's road trips. And over in Madrid, some, ahem, questionable images are ruining the city's brand-new bike share kiosks. It's What's Ruining Our Cities. Happy Independence Day.

Video: North Carolina's Dan River turns into cement sludge after spill Video: North Carolina's Dan River turns into cement sludge after spill

The Duke Energy company says their 82,000-ton coal ash spill from one of its retired power plants into North Carolina's Dan River is not dangerous. Thousands of dead fish disagree from their toxic cement graves. Just look at all that sludge.

What's Apple Doing With This Mystery Building? What's Apple Doing With This Mystery Building?

North Carolina: home of BBQ, beaches, and Apple's gi-freaking-normous data center. It's where iCloud lives, and maybe Siri! And now the company is putting the finishing touches on a new center. Why? Nobody really knows. So Wired checked it out.

North Carolina considers outlawing accurate predictions of sea level rise North Carolina considers outlawing accurate predictions of sea level rise

When things get tough, lawmakers get creative. Faced with predictions that sea levels in the coastal areas of North Carolina will rise by a meter in the next century, legislators are considering bold action: making those predictions illegal. A bill being circulated in the Tarheel state would force scientists to…

In 1958, America accidentally dropped a nuclear weapon on two little girls' playhouse In 1958, America accidentally dropped a nuclear weapon on two little girls' playhouse

For certain rural residents of the Carolinas during the Cold War, apocalyptic anxiety hit disturbingly close to home. In 1958 and 1961, the American Air Force lost nuclear weapons over the skies of South and North Carolina, respectively, raining potential apocalypse on the folks below.

Watch how The Abyss was filmed at an abandoned nuclear power plant Watch how The Abyss was filmed at an abandoned nuclear power plant

When James Cameron was directing The Abyss in 1987, he opted to film the underwater at the unfinished Cherokee Nuclear Power Plant near Gaffney, South Carolina. After filming wrapped, the set stood basically unattended for 20 years, allowing urban explorers to sneak in.

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