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1:25 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

McCrory Declares State of Emergency in Preparation for Winter Storm

Ice covers a road in Brunswick County after one of two ice storms in early 2014.
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

A winter storm making its way through North Carolina has put emergency crews on alert.

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11:10 am
Mon February 16, 2015

With Cold Blast on the Way, Take Precautions to Avoid Frozen Water Pipes

Dripping water faucet
Angelsharum

This was originally posted in January.  The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is once again warning customers to take precautions, so we have re-published the information.

With the impending blast of cold weather on tap later this week, officials with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority are advising water customers to take precautions to avoid frozen or bursting water pipes.

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10:54 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Examining The Lasting Effects of Wilmington's 1898 Coup D'État

1898 Memorial in Wilmington, NC
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In 1898, the only known coup d’État in United States history occurred in Wilmington. After taking back control of the legislature during the state elections, white supremacists in Wilmington overthrew the elected local government, forcing both black and white city officials to resign and running many out of town. WHQR spoke with Philip Gerard, author of Cape Fear Rising, about the coup and its significance during Black History Month. "

Isabelle Shepherd: What drove you to write Cape Fear Rising?  

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10:33 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Local Writer Says More Should Be Done to Remember the 1898 Coup D’état

The Manly printing press for the Wilmington Record was destroyed during the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot.
New Hanover Co. Public Library

As February is Black History Month, we turn our attention to the 1898 coup d’état in Wilmington.  WHQR spoke with Philip Gerard, author of Cape Fear Rising.

In 1898, a group of white supremacists overthrew the democratically elected biracial government of Wilmington and replaced it with officials who instituted the first Jim Crow laws in North Carolina.  Philip Gerard, a creative writing professor at UNCW, researched these events for his historical novel: 

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5:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

From the StoryCorps Archives: Katherine Weller to her Twins on their Remarkable Grandmother

Margaret Weller-Stargell, Katherine Weller, Frances Weller

It was four years ago when twin sisters Frances Weller and Margaret Weller-Stargell came to WHQR to record a conversation while the national StoryCorps project was in Wilmington. 

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6:01 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

CoastLine: Oil and Gas Development off the North Carolina Coast

Offshore oil and gas exploration:  could it come to the North Carolina coast? 

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5:17 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

NC Could See Offshore Oil & Gas Development by 2021; Testing Could Begin Within Months

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The mid-Atlantic region, from Virginia to Georgia, could see offshore oil and gas development by the year 2021. 

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1:11 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Energy Industry Leaders Want More From Draft Plan for Oil & Gas Drilling

Semisubmersible Oil Drilling Rig
Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently released a draft strategy for offshore oil and gas leasing. Now, the federal government is hosting a series of meetings around the country to gain public input. But leaders of the energy industry say the government’s draft plan of leasing areas isn’t enough.  

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Wednesday, February 11 at Noon
12:25 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

On the Next CoastLine: Offshore Drilling

On the next Coastline: The Obama administration just approved a draft map that could open up the North Carolina coast to offshore drilling. How soon could oil and gas exploration begin? How would it affect our economy? Our environment? Can offshore drilling and wind coexist? 

Tune in Wednesday, February 11 at noon. 

Abigail Ross Hopper, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Management will join us by phone from Washington, D.C. 

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9:59 am
Thu February 5, 2015

UNCW's Interim Chancellor Works to Connect State & Higher Education Leadership

UNCW's Interim Chancellor, William Sederburg
University of North Carolina-Wilmington

In the last year, there have been a slew of departures from the two higher education institutions in the Cape Fear Region. UNCW’s Interim Chancellor, Dr. William Sederburg, spoke with WHQR.  

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities represents 430 colleges and universities, including UNCW. Within that advocacy group, Dr. William Sederburg chairs a national task force that aims to make higher education a state policy priority. He says North Carolina is a perfect example of why such a goal is necessary:

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