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Local - April 18
5:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

New Moral Movies Film Series Intends to Highlight Social Issues and Spur Community Discussion

Founders cite Moral Mondays, the highly publicized NC NAACP protest movement, as Moral Movies' namesake.

Next week, Wilmington--along with seven other locations across the state--will begin hosting a new documentary film series. Its founders—the North Carolina NAACP and Wilmington-based nonprofit Working Films—have coined the summer-long initiative Moral Movies. Its four monthly features are intended to highlight hot-button state issues--and jump-start community dialog.

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Local - April 16
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Candidate Profile: Ernie Ward (D), NC Senate, District 8

A second Brunswick County veterinarian is vying to represent the citizens of North Carolina’s Senate District Eight.  In fact, Democratic candidate Dr. Ernie Ward cites -- as a major impetus to run -- a January episode during which his district’s incumbent senator, fellow veterinarian Bill Rabon, rejected legislation to regulate commercial dog breeding. In addition to animal rights, this political newcomer—who is endorsed by the North Carolina Association of Educators and has served on Brunswick County’s Board of Health—champions accessible healthcare and middle-class job creation.

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Local
3:04 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Unemployment Drops Again in NC, but parts of the Southeastern Region are Still Struggling

Unemployment Rates, County by County, February 2014
NC Dept. of Commerce

Unemployment is down across most of North Carolina.  That’s according to the latest analysis from the Department of Commerce.  

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Local - April 9
5:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Candidate Profile: Michael Lee (R), NC Senate, District 9

Wilmington lawyer Michael Lee is vying for a seat in state Senate District 9—with hearty endorsement from incumbent Senator Thom Goolsby.  Lee, a fellow Republican, has twice previously run for the same seat--to Julia Boseman in 2008, and to Goolsby in the 2010 primary. While Lee has never won an elected position, he serves on the Port Authority Board, as well as the state Department of Transportation’s board.  Lee views job growth, education reform and a balanced budget as integrated pursuits.

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Local - April 7
5:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

WOW Moves its Protest Site to Wilmington Hobby Lobby

WOW's supporters included 25 sign-bearing, local women's rights activists and humanists.

This week marks the fortieth consecutive Monday lunch-hour protest of Women Organizing for Wilmington, or WOW*. Since last summer, this grassroots group has been championing women’s rights and public education causes on a weekly basis, whether outside Senator Goolsby’s downtown office, or before the New Hanover County courthouse. But, WOW* has now left downtown altogether--to protest outside the Hobby Lobby at Hanover Center.

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Local
2:46 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Charleston's Digital Corridor Could Offer Lessons for Wilmington

Ernest Andrade, Exec. Dir., Charleston's Digital Corridor; Keynote Speaker, WITX 2014
UNCW

Ernest Andrade, Executive Director of Charleston's Digital Corridor, talks with Rachel Lewis Hilburn.

The expansion of the Digital Corridor is one of Charleston, South Carolina’s chief growth strategies.

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Local - April 3
11:55 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Wilmington Expected to Experience Job Growth--Primarily in Low-Income Industries

PNC Bank commissioned economist Mekael Teshome to present survey findings to Wilmington business leaders at a Wednesday morning breakfast at Cape Fear Community College's Union Station.

Business owners in Southeastern North Carolina are more optimistic than they’ve been since pre-recessionary times—and many plan on doing some hiring. This is according to PNC Bank’s annual spring outlook survey. Yesterday, their economist presented survey findings on the financial state of the nation, the state—and of Wilmington. And the Port City is considered an area of major growth—yet in terms of residents’ income, it still lags behind state and national averages.

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Local
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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