Articles by Rachel Adams-Heard, Mark Niquette and Taylor Riggs

Duke Downplays Threat From Coal-Ash Spill in Carolina Storm

Duke Energy Corp. is confident most of the coal ash that breached a North Carolina landfill was contained at the site and that the spill doesn’t pose an imminent threat to public safety or the environment, a company official told …

Carolinians Must Wait for Flood Waters to Recede to Assess Florence’s Damage

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, 9:55 am — Record-setting, still-rising floods covering much of eastern North Carolina are preventing companies, regulators and environmental groups from making a comprehensive assessment of damage from Hurricane Florence. On Monday, bucketing rains and tornado warnings …

Florence Floods Cause Sewage, Coal Ash Spills

A Duke Energy Corp. landfill near Wilmington, North Carolina, failed under the assault of Tropical Storm Florence, spilling about 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash that can carry toxic mercury, arsenic and lead. Authorities said they would investigate whether the …

Florence’s Winds Slow But Serious Floods Continue; Death Count Rising

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, 1:57 pm —The still-potent remnants of Hurricane Florence marched through the Carolinas on Sunday and as the winds weakened the flood grew only stronger. New Hanover County and the city of Wilmington, where the storm breached …

U.S. Warns European Businesses on Sanctions If They Do Business with Iran

European countries and companies that continue to do business with Iran could face U.S. sanctions, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Sunday. Part of the flaw with the Iran deal that President Donald Trump rejected was it enticed Europe and …

Fatal Amtrak Crash in Washington State Stirs Safety Debate in D.C.

The deadly Amtrak crash in Washington state marked the railroad’s third fatal accident in as many years, putting the passenger rail operator under fresh scrutiny less than a month after safety regulators issued a scathing report. Bound for Portland, Oregon, …

Republican Platform Under Trump: Reinstate Glass-Steagall, Go Slow on Trade Pacts

Republican National Convention delegates approved a platform Monday that calls for reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act and scaling back the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul, calling it the Democrats’ “legislative Godzilla.” The Glass-Steagall measure puts presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and his party …

Texas Leads U.S. in Road Fatalities, Needs Transportation Funding

Gus Pando lost his mother last year in a crash at an intersection where a county road crossed four lanes of vehicles barreling by at 75 miles an hour. At the same Odessa, Texas, junction in August, a family friend …

Red-Light Cameras: Safety Measure or Money Grab?

The shutters clicked, the grainy photos were sent to the red-light violators and St. Louis raised $4.1 million last year. Now the vehicular version of “Candid Camera” may be ending, as it has in other U.S towns and cities. A …