After more than a century, NOAA’s Beaufort lab, a jewel of ocean research targeted for closure

baby fishermanTucked in President Barack Obama’s 218-page proposed budget for 2015 was a one-sentence mention of a plan to close one lab to save money. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration subsequently identified it as North Carolina’s historic research station. Rep. Walter Jones, a Republican who represents the coastal district that includes Beaufort, was building a coalition to oppose the closure, said his spokeswoman, Sarah Howard. “I am seriously troubled by the fact . President Barack Obama has proposed closing a research lab in eastern North Carolina while continuing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on infrastructure projects in Afghanistan,” Jones said in a statement. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., said she’d fight,, Read more here @journalgazette  16:06

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