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Battleship North Carolina In Need of Emergency Repairs

Apr 9, 2015
Kate Brandis, WHQR

Battleship North Carolina stands as a tribute to those who served in World War II and attracts a quarter-million visitors each year. But the ship, permanently moored in Wilmington, is in need of emergency repairs. 

Even the strongest people and monuments age with time, and the steel hull of Battleship North Carolina is thinning. In some spots, a finger can poke through. That’s because the last major repairs were done over sixty years ago, despite the fact that the U.S. Navy’s standard requires repairs every twenty years.

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Finding good quality sand that is also compatible with the existing sand on a beach is an ongoing challenge for beach renourishment projects in North Carolina.  

Scientists Call For Halt to Oil & Gas Exploration Program

Apr 7, 2015
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Seismic testing gauges oil and gas deposits by shooting loud blasts of compressed air into the ocean. President Barack Obama approved the guidelines for its usage last year. But a group of scientists is calling upon the President to rethink that decision. 

William McLellan of UNCW’s Marine Biology Department is one of seventy-five scientists who wrote to President Obama in opposition to the planned oil and gas exploration program off the Atlantic coast. They are concerned about impacts to marine wildlife.  

Celebrating Williston School Luminaries: Dorothy DeShields

Mar 20, 2015
Cape Fear Museum

The Williston School is celebrating its centennial.  The graduates of the former Williston Senior High have gone on to become leaders in the local community, state, and nation.  WHQR spoke with Dorothy DeShields, who was inspired by her teachers at Williston to pursue a career in education.

Isabelle Shepherd: What was the educational experience like at Williston?

Celebrating Williston School Luminaries: Joseph McNeil

Mar 17, 2015
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Williston Middle School in Wilmington marks its 100th anniversary this year.  When it was a segregated high school, Williston produced alumni who are known throughout the country for their achievements.  Joseph McNeil graduated from Williston in 1959 and went on to start the civil rights sit-in movement in Greensboro.  

Isabelle Shepherd: You attended Williston Senior High School. Can you tell me about your time there?

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Williston Middle School in Wilmington marks its 100th anniversary this year. 

Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

Historic preservation tax credits expired at the end of 2014, but now at least two bills working their way through the North Carolina House and Senate aim to reinstate the program.  Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz came to Wilmington during a multi-city tour to support the legislation. 

Terminal groins are hardened structures that jut into the ocean with the aim of preventing beach erosion. The construction of one is in progress, and three other local coastal communities are pursuing permits. Yet oceanfront officials and environmentalists disagree on the costs and benefits.

An amendment to the Coastal Area Management Act allows for up to four new terminal groins in North Carolina, and all four projects are slated for the Cape Fear region.

Websites that advertise adult services facilitate the sexual exploitation of children and other forms of human trafficking. 

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns: http://www.maryknollogc.org/article/maryknoll-supports-end-modern-slavery-initiative-act-2015

A bipartisan bill to combat human trafficking is working its way through the United States legislature. The national initiative could benefit the Cape Fear region, which has high rates of human trafficking. 

If passed, the human trafficking bill would institute The End Modern Slavery Initiative Foundation. Using private and public monies totaling over a billion dollars, the Foundation would finance anti-trafficking programs in places where adults and children are forced into servitude.

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