Artist Janette Hopper and photographer Charles Kernan joined us in the studio to talk about a new exhibit at Art in Bloom Gallery: Visible Spectra. It's a collection of oil, watercolor, and sumi ink by Janette Hopper and photographs by Charles Kernan. Hopper and Kernan both love nature and this exhibit expresses that love with about 75 pieces between them.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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Repeated power outages related to Hurricane Matthew caused damage to WHQR's main transmitter on Saturday October 8th, but we are now operating at full power. Here are the specifics:

On this edition of CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet North Carolina Representative Holly Grange, a Republican from New Hanover County who was appointed to the seat in August after Rick Catlin announced he was stepping down.  Holly Grange won the March primary in a contest with current New Hanover County School Board member Tammy Covil.  She has no Democratic Challenger in November. 

Hurricane Matthew Breaks Local Record

Oct 8, 2016 / National Weather Service

Hurricane Matthew has set a new local record.  According to a tide gauge near downtown Wilmington, the water level of the Cape Fear River climbed to 8.21 feet today.  This beats Hurricane Hazel's record of 8.15 feet, set back in 1954. 

Hurricane Hazel was a Category 4 storm that lashed the coasts of North Carolina over sixty years ago.  But today, a combination of the storm surge and rainfall draining into the river basin led to the highest water level ever recorded by the National Weather Service’s downtown water gauge. 

Citizens are asked NOT to call 911 to report downed trees, power lines or flooding.

Here are the numbers to call:

Listener Marilyn sent us this: "I cannot believe I did not listen to NPR until I arrived in Wilmington, became a Luddite and gave away all my electronics devices except my radio and new Jitterbug cell phone. Now, NPR is on all day and into the night. I refer to NPR Wilmington as the Rachel Lewis Hilburn station. . . She has the best radio voice I have ever heard plus intelligent and interesting comments in each setting."

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Republican Senator Michael Lee is running for a second term representing North Carolina’s Senate District 9.  Though the legislature approved a 4% increase in teacher pay this past session, Lee says the state still has a long way to go.


From the National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC

UPDATED:  2:46 PM ADVISORY — SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2016            

The National Weather Service has canceled all alerts, watches and warnings for the late unlamented Hurricane Matthew. Cleanup and power restoration are proceeding today, aided by cool dry weather (some would call it a perfect fall day).

Food Bank of Eastern & Central North Carolina

The Wilmington branch of  the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina serves 4 counties-Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender. There are about 75,000 people living in food insecurity across these counties. Simply put, that's 75,000 people of all ages  (approximately 1/3 children) who may go to bed hungry any given night.