Wood Pellet Industry Fueled By Temporary EU Subsidies

Jul 21, 2015

Enviva, a large wood pellet supplier and manufacturer, has expanded their operations to southeastern North Carolina. The industry is fueled by renewable energy subsidies from the European Union. 

Baby Boomers are once again leading a new trend: retiree entrepreneurship. Instead of giving up work at 60, they’re starting new careers based on their expertise and hobbies. This activity is especially evident in areas like the Cape Fear region, where many retired entrepreneurs have joined others in making a new lifestyle. We explore post-retirement work, especially starting new businesses, on today’s CoastLine.


North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)

As the North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes this week, one budget item remains on the chopping block: high school driver’s education. The Senate’s current budget proposal would eliminate driver’s education classes as a learner’s permit requirement. 

The Annual Meeting of Friends of Public Radio will be held this Thursday, July 16th, at 6pm in the WHQR studios, 254 North Front Street Suite 300 in Wilmington.

The formal business of the meeting will be to elect a new Board member for a term ending in 2018. We'll also hear reports from the Board and station management on the past year's events (hint: it was a very good year) and plans for the future. As always, there will be time for public comment.

Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

The General Assembly approved a temporary budget at the end of June before taking a week-long recess. The delay prompted a local protest from teachers, teaching assistants, and parents. 

North Carolina’s delayed budget leaves many school systems in limbo as they plan for the upcoming year. The House’s proposed budget maintains current funding levels for teaching assistants, but, according to News & Observer, the Senate’s plan could eliminate over eight thousand teaching assistant jobs.

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The North Carolina coast has seen eight shark attacks so far this season.  Summer is not half over.  It’s a record-setting number.  And a chilling one for most people. 

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Eight shark attacks off the North Carolina coast this season have prompted Governor Pat McCrory to ask the Department of Public Safety to look for patterns.

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Shark bites have been dominating the headlines in coastal North Carolina for weeks. But sharks aren’t the most dangerous risk swimmers face in the ocean.  

So far this summer, North Carolina has experienced a record-breaking number of shark attacks: 8, to be precise – with the most recent bite occurring over the holiday weekend. But Scott Baker, a fisheries specialist with the North Carolina Sea Grant Extension program, says that these shark bites are overshadowing the ocean’s real danger:

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A man is in the hospital after yet another shark attack off the North Carolina coast just after noon on Wednesday.  The victim sustained multiple injuries.

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Did you know that the great jazz singer and bandleader Cab Calloway has played Wilmington?