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About three dozen people gathered outside the Duke Energy shareholder meeting to protest various practices of the company. Here Shaun Ridgway with Occupy Raleigh/Greenpeace speaks to those assembled. 

Charlotte police geared up for large protests at the Duke Energy annual shareholder meeting uptown this morning. In the end, police far outnumbered the 35 or so activists who gathered outside the meeting and reported no incidents, despite the city invoking a special enforcement ordinance in anticipation of unruly crowds.

AG Warns Of 'Fracking' Pitfalls For Landowners

May 2, 2012

North Carolina lawmakers are considering allowing a drilling method called "fracking" to happen here. The state's Department of Environment and Natural Resources said in a report this week fracking could be done safely here, with the right regulations in place. 

UNC Charlotte scientist helps oysters fight Dermo disease

Mar 20, 2009

Millions of oysters along the Eastern seaboard are dying from a parasitic disease called Dermo. It's the same problem that affected oysters off the Mexican coast in the 1940s. But those oysters adapted. Nature figured out a way to beat the disease. That's not the case for oysters off the Carolina coast. In this report, WFAE's Jen Nathan tells us how a UNC Charlotte researcher is using biotechnology in hopes of helping oysters fight back.

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