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1:49 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Governor's New Transportation Plan Lacks Rail Improvements for Southeastern NC

train tracks
Wikipedia Commons: Per Erik Strandberg

Governor Pat McCrory recently unveiled his new transportation plan.  As it stands, southeastern North Carolina is not slated to receive funding for rail improvements.  

With the wood pellet industry and Vertex Rail coming to Wilmington, train traffic will increase substantially over the next few years. Yet the state is currently not providing funding to help ease the strain of such a rise in activity or address safety conflicts with vehicular traffic.

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Inside WHQR
1:21 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Shop Local and Support WHQR with Locally Made Christmas Ornaments

Trying to find something unique to give your loved ones this holiday season? Have we got the perfect gift for you - Local glass artist Jim Downey has created custom WHQR Christmas Ornaments!

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Local
9:44 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Local Officials Look Into Moving the CSX Rail Line Out of the City, More Direct to Port

By Josh Bluntschli Wiki Commons

Freight traffic in Wilmington will likely increase due to the new Vertex Rail and wood pellet industries. And the city’s population is expected to grow by over 50% in the next 25 years.  This creates safety and traffic issues, which the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County are attempting to address.  Instead of slowly winding through the city, officials envision a new route cutting across the Cape Fear River directly to the Port.  

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Listeners share their views
9:35 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Friday Feedback for December 12, 2014

Guest 1776 wrote:

Serious question. Do jazz 'musicians' have scripted music or do they just randomly play that disconnected rubbish? If pictures are a series of lines that please the eye and music is a series of sounds that please the ear, what is jazz?

This week marked the 37th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon on the streets of New York. George Scheibner played a tribute on Smooth Landing.

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Inside WHQR
7:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

WHQR Wants to Say Thank You!!!!

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2014 One Day, End of the Year such a success!!!

We would especially like to thank:

WHQR Board of Directors

Our WONDERFUL volunteers like Merritt and Mindy Blalock and all the great people who helped answer the phones. 

The restaurants who provided delicious food for our volunteers and staff

  • Canape
  • Stuffedwich

WHQR'S committed staff

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Midday Interviews 12/10/14
3:45 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Midday Interview: Debbie Skillman and Ryleigh Ingram on "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

Ryleigh and Debbie

Brunswick Little Theater presents Barbara Robinson's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at their new home, 8068 River Road in Southport. Director Debbie Skillman and actress Ryleigh Ingram told us about the play, which runs for only one weekend: this Friday at 7:30 pm, this Saturday at 3pm and 7:30 pm, and this Sunday at 3 pm. For more info visit BrunswickLittleTheatre.com

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Local
1:12 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Outgoing Secretary of Commerce: Film Workers Should Stay Engaged in the Political Process

Billy Hathorn

It didn’t take long for local film workers to see a drop in production after North Carolina legislators re-structured the incentive – changing it from a tax rebate to a fixed grant fund. 

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Local
1:05 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

CoastLine: Film Incentive Change Slowing 2015 Production

The debate over film incentives in North Carolina erupted on the public stage last year when two state Representatives – Rick Catlin from New Hanover County and Chris Millis of Pender County – sponsored a bill that would fundamentally change the structure of the tax rebate. 

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One Day Drive Today
6:53 am
Thu December 11, 2014

WHQR One Day Drive - Today - Support WHQR and Nourish NC

Today is WHQR's One Day Pledge Drive. Please Pledge Now.

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Midday Interviews 12/9/14
1:36 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Midday Interview: Tim Koch on "Christmas & Carols and All That Jazz"

Tim Koch directs a group of 70 talented and dedicated singers called the Carolina Master Chorale, based in Myrtle Beach. Their holiday concert, "Christmas & Carols and All That Jazz," will be presented twice this weekend: Saturday at 4 pm at Waccamaw High School Auditorium and Sunday at 4 pm at Trinity Church (between 30 and 31st Avenue North on Business Route 17). Tickets are $15, available at CarolinaMasterChorale.com or 843.444.5774.

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