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Local - May 13
5:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

WHA Enjoying Local CHOICE Grant Support--Looking to Wilmington's Business Community Next

Wilmington Housing Authority Planner Paul D'Angelo shares "CHOICE" community investment success stories with stakeholders, who met last week at the Hillcrest public housing community.

The Wilmington Housing Authority is poised to apply for the federal grant that would make possible the revitalization of the city’s distressed Southside neighborhood. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected to release the grant application in June. And to be a contender for this thirty million-dollar award, Wilmington must demonstrate significant community buy-in. The Authority already enjoys support from the City, the police, and several area nonprofits, but their final frontier is engaging the local business community.

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Local
5:43 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

NPR's Robert Siegel on Interviewing Politicians, "Terribly Discouraging" Former USSR, Mel Brooks

Robert Siegel, Senior Host, All Things Considered
NPR

Robert Siegel talks with Rachel Lewis Hilburn.

Robert Siegel, Senior Host of NPR’s All Things Considered, starts his day with what he regards as indispensable daily reads:  The New York Times and The Washington Post. 

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Local
4:14 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Rouzer Wins 10 of 12 Counties in 7th Congressional District; Barfield, Martin Split Geographically

David Rouzer (left), Jonathan Barfield (right)

The GOP contest for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District was a three-candidate game – but the real battle played out between front-runners David Rouzer and Woody White.  Rouzer scooped up victories in ten of the twelve counties.   

On the Democratic side of the ticket, Jonathan Barfield captured the nomination but with just six counties. 

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Local - May 7
12:29 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Rouzer Bests White in District Seven's GOP Primary Race

U.S. House Candidate David Rouzer (right) checked in with GOP pals including Republican Ricky Meeks, who last night lost a nod for the New Hanover County Commission race, at Wilmington's Republican Headquarters.

After a long battle in the primaries, the Seventh Congressional District—that stretching from Wilmington to the Raleigh suburbs--is down to one Republican contender for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Mike McIntyre. Former state senator David Rouzer of Johnston County won more than fifty-three percent of the vote last night, beating Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commission, and Chris Andrade, a Fayetteville military veteran.

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Local
12:41 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Brunswick County Primary Results: Sales Tax Fails, BHI Bond for Terminal Groin Passes

Randy Thompson, Candidate Brunswick County Commission, District 1
Randy Thompson

Brunswick County voters had to decide a County Commission race, District 13’s GOP candidate for District Attorney, and the Republican candidate for State House District 17 in yesterday’s primary – along with whether to green light a new sales tax.  

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Local
12:35 am
Wed May 7, 2014

New Hanover County Primary Results and North Carolina Senate District 9

Skip Watkins, New Hanover County Commission Candidate (R)
www.skipwatkins4commission.com

The race for New Hanover County's Board of Commissioners was packed on the Republican side with ten candidates competing for two open seats.  

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Local - May 5
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Candidate Profile: Bill Rabon (R), NC Senate, District 8

Senator Bill Rabon has represented North Carolina Senate District Eight since 2010--and he’s hoping to carry forth through another term. Rabon, a native of Columbus County and a current Southport veterinarian, recently told WHQR that he doesn’t want to stay in the Senate so long he wears out his welcome. However, the incumbent Republican says he’s proud of what he’s accomplished in terms of transportation and tax reform, and would like to see these matters—as well as initiatives related to job creation and education—through to completion.

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Local
10:02 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Environmental Coalition Seeks to Ignite Local Activism on Coal Ash

Duke Energy's Sutton Plant, New Hanover County
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A coalition of environmental groups is working to ignite local activism on the coal ash front.  

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Local - April 30
5:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Candidate Profile: Danny Hefner (D), NC Senate, District 8

Danny Hefner, the Ocean Isle Beach Democrat who lost 2012’s Senate District Eight race to incumbent Bill Rabon, has thrown his hat into the same ring again. A former Marine Corps officer and truck driver, Hefner now works as a local delivery driver, an inter-faith minister, and a therapeutic foster parent to abused and troubled children. The third-time Senate candidate recently sat down with WHQR to discuss his plans for a range of social issues—but first, Hefner says he plans to address the economy.

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Local
4:30 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials Economic Boon for Southeastern North Carolina

PPD Headquarters, Wilmington, NC
PPD

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Economic growth strategy is dominating conversations from neighborhood associations to cities and counties -- to the state and federal levels.  New Hanover County Commissioners recently paid for an analysis on the best ways to grow the area’s economy.  

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