Articles by Jonathan Drew and Rick Callahan

Animal Advocates Speak Out After Lion Kills Intern at North Carolina Zoo

The fatal mauling of a zoo intern by a lion that escaped from a locked pen illustrates the need for North Carolina regulators to crack down on unaccredited exhibitors of dangerous animals, animal welfare advocates said Monday. Alexandra Black, 22, …

Refreezing Still Threatens Roads After Southern Snowstorm

Seesawing temperatures across several southern states were gradually melting snow from a wintry storm, but also “transforming slushy roads into treacherous ice,” one governor warned Tuesday. Scores of schools in Virginia and North Carolina were closed for a second day, …

Major Snowstorm Causes Icy Roads, Power Outages Across Much of Southeast

Residents walked instead of driving cars and children enjoyed another day of building snowmen with school canceled Monday after a wintry storm dropped snow, sleet or freezing rain across five southern states. Accidents on snow-covered interstates caused major delays over …

EPA Warns on Chemical Found in Nonstick Coatings

Long-term exposure to a chemical compound currently used for making nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous, even in minute amounts, according to draft findings released by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was the first time EPA weighed in on newer, …

How Michael Could Affect Florence Recovery in Storm-Weary Carolinas

In the storm-weary Carolinas, Hurricane Michael’s approach stoked fresh fears among homeowners who still have tarps on their roofs or industrial dehumidifiers drying their floors from destruction left by Hurricane Florence. Thousands of homes in North and South Carolina were …

Court: No Coverage for N.C. Employee Injured While Smoking on Break

A North Carolina city employee isn’t owed workers’ compensation for an injury he suffered while smoking during a lunch break, the state appeals court ruled last month. A three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals said Larry Brooks’ …

N.C. Court: No Workers’ Comp for Employee Injured While Smoking on Break

A North Carolina city employee isn’t owed workers’ compensation for an injury he suffered while smoking during a lunch break, the state appeals court ruled Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals said Larry Brooks’ fall …

North Carolina Tourist Islands Shutdown by Outage Reopened for Business

Rental houses and condos were expected to fill up Saturday on two North Carolina islands where a bridge construction accident cut power for a week and threatened seasonal businesses’ bottom lines. The first day of the weekend is a typical …

Icy Cold Creates Problems Across the South

Snow and sleet pounded a large swath of the U.S. East Coast on Saturday, coating roads with ice and causing hundreds of crashes. Thousands of people lost power and forecasters warned of blizzard-like conditions from Virginia to parts of the …

North Carolina Recovery Continues More Than 2 Weeks After Matthew

More than two weeks after Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina, some areas are still flooded and others are beginning the long process of recovery. In North Carolina, the hurricane dumped more than a foot of rain 100 miles inland, causing …