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6:20 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Garner Report says SUP is Business Deterrent; Area Lacks Economic Leadership

Jay Garner, Economic Development Consultant
Garner Economics, LLC

Listen to the audio version here.

New Hanover County is well-positioned to serve international markets through its port facilities, but the area doesn’t have sufficient access to national markets. 

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Stream Live at 2PM, April 2nd
11:55 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Breaking News: 2PM Today, Live Stream Garner Economic Development Report Presentation to NHC Board

The report, entitled Pathways to Prosperity:  New Hanover County's Plan for Jobs and Investment, contains a list of recommendations that consultant Jay Garner will present to the Board at 2 PM today.  Whether recommendations from the report will be used to develop or adjust county policy is not yet clear.
 

Today's meeting at the Courthouse in downtown Wilmington is open to the public.

Today at 2 PM, WHQR brings you a live online stream of the report announcement via NHCTV:

Local - April 2
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Candidate Profile: Justin LaNasa (R), NC Senate, District 9

Justin LaNasa is no stranger to regional ballots. Most recently, LaNasa lost a bid for Wilmington mayor, in 2011. After a brief stint as a Libertarian, the weapons designer, real estate agent, and owner of several businesses--including a Wilmington tattoo parlor--is back to his Republican roots, and running for Senate District 9. And LaNasa is dedicated to lowering taxes, exploring new revenue streams—and seeing more checks and balances in government.

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Local - March 28
5:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Wilmington City Planners Get Valuable Input from Schoolkids

Roland Grise Middle School

Public input is the key factor shaping the City of Wilmington’s Comprehensive Plan. This is what city planners are launching in anticipation of massive population growth over the next twenty-five years. And they’re seeking input from everyone, especially those citizens most likely to still call Wilmington home in 2040—schoolchildren.

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Local - March 26
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Could the Cape Fear Region Become the Beer and Wine Country of the South?

Wikimedia Commons

It’s the thirty-second annual Business Week at UNCW’s Cameron School of Business--meaning dozens of prominent alumni and executives have descended upon the Port City, to share their knowledge of marketing, entrepreneurship and information technology. Each year, programming is tailored to reflect Cape Fear-specific business trends. And today’s trajectories point to “worthy cause marketing” and a rise in regional craft breweries and wine startups.

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Local
10:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

DENR to Reevaluate How Groundwater Contamination is Regulated, How to Move Ahead in Duke Lawsuits

The two ash impoundments at Duke Energy’s Asheville Plant near the French Broad River.
Roy Tennant

Listen to the audio version here.

It will be another three weeks before Duke Energy must formally respond to accusations of illegally pumping coal ash waste into a tributary that connects to the Cape Fear River. 

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Local - March 24
5:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Do Flood Insurance Hikes Spell the End of Coastal Living?

Topsail Beach, North Carolina

The National Flood Insurance Program is working its way out of bankruptcy following Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy--but its plan involves sharp premium increases for coastal property owners. This population includes more than 17,000 North Carolinians--many of whom stand to have their flood insurance rates triple this year. Coastal community leaders are busy voicing their concern to federal and state legislators. To strengthen their argument at the federal level, leaders from communities such as Topsail Beach plan to band together across North and South Carolina’s coast.

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Local
12:00 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Candidate Profile: Walter Martin (D), 7th Congressional District

Walter Martin (D-Johnston County), Candidate for NC 7th Congressional District
Walter Martin for Congress

Listen to an excerpt of the interview here.

The specter of home-grown terrorism:  it’s one of the main reasons Walter Martin says he hopes to win the Democratic Party nomination for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District.

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Local - March 20
5:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

City of Wilmington Planners Hit the Bars to Collect Public Input

Home Leisure Direct

The City of Wilmington is expected to gain 60,000 citizens by the year 2040. In anticipation, city planners have launched a comprehensive plan similar to that of New Hanover County. While the Wilmington plan also asks residents to describe their ideal community attributes, its public engagement process is less orthodox. In fact, city planners have been hitting the local bar scene to collect input.

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Local
4:39 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

DENR Estimates 61 Million Gallons from Duke's Coal Ash Ponds Poured into Cape Fear River

Cape Fear Plant, Moncure, NC
Duke Energy Progress

Sixty-one million gallons:  that’s the amount of untreated wastewater from coal ash ponds that state regulators estimate poured into a tributary of the Cape Fear River.  

State regulators have issued a citation to Duke Energy for violating its wastewater permit in Chatham County.

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is required to give the nation’s largest electric utility 30 days to respond to the notice of violation. 

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