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Rip currents pose risk to swimmers
10:08 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Region Weathers Hurricane Arthur

Look ma, no hurricane.
Credit NOAA image

Update 10:00 am: Hurricane Arthur has passed through our area without significant damage, though residents to our north are not so lucky. On today's Morning Edition, Cleve Callison spoke with Warren Lee, Emergency Management and 911 Communications Director for New Hanover County about the storm's passage offshore:

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Local
4:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur's Main Rain Bands Buffeting Cape Fear Region

Hurricane Arthur - Projected Path as of 2 PM Thursday, July 3
NOAA

The main core of Hurricane Arthur’s rain bands are now buffeting the Cape Fear region.  Sustained winds have ramped up – as predicted – and forecasters are now concerned about isolated tornadoes.

Arthur’s closest approach to the Cape Fear region is expected around 6 o’clock tonight – give or take an hour.  That’s according to Steven Pfaff, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.  And while Arthur could intensify to a Category 2 hurricane, Pfaff says that’s more likely to happen when the storm passes out of the area – leaving those Category 2 winds to blow offshore. 

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Local
5:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

CoastLine: Coal Ash Management -- Why and How Should NC Regulate It?

This week's topic:  Coal ash in North Carolina -- What is it?  Why and how should we regulate it?  And how soon will we will see coal ash cleaned up? 

Coal ash grabbed the national spotlight back in February – when a wastewater pipe burst at Duke Energy’s Eden Plant  -- spilling an estimated 39,000 tons into the Dan River.   What many news media outlets are commonly calling toxic sludge coated about 70 miles of that waterway – which winds along the North Carolina – Virginia border. 

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Local - July 1
5:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

The NC NAACP's Moral Freedom Summer Movement Touches New Hanover County

The NC NAACP's Moral Freedom Summer movement aims to empower voters--and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 voter registration campaign known as Freedom Summer.

The objective of the local “Celebrating the Dream” initiative that’s currently ongoing is to measure this region’s progress toward racial equality over the past fifty years—which is how long ago the Civil Rights Act was passed--and also to gauge the work that still needs to be done. But because state voting laws were recently changed, some argue that North Carolinians actually stand to regress over the course of the upcoming election. It’s why the state NAACP has organized a crew of Moral Freedom Summer fighters to run a statewide, nonpartisan voter empowerment campaign.

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Local - June 30
5:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Cape Fear Region Boasts Three of Nation's "Superstar" Beaches

Wrightsville Beach--along with Sunset Beach and Topsail Beach--ranks top among nationwide beaches when it comes to water quality.

Area beach-goers planning to hit the waves this Fourth of July weekend can rest easy in one respect. Three Cape Fear-area beaches have fetched high marks on this year’s report card from the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC—an environmental watchdog group that grades beaches based on water quality. Out of 3500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches, only 35 were deemed “superstars”—and this elite grouping counts sections of Wrightsville Beach, Sunset Beach, and Topsail Beach.

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Local - June 27
5:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Area Vietnam Veterans Call Town Meeting to Discuss Lasting Effects of Agent Orange

U.S. Army operations spray Agent Orange in Vietnam.
Wikimedia Commons

After enduring exposure to toxic herbicides including Agent Orange, Vietnam War veterans face higher incidence of neurological malfunction, respiratory disease and some forms of cancer—and in many cases, their children and grandchildren do, too. This is why Wilmington’s chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America is hosting a town-hall-style meeting tomorrow. Their objective is to spark local support for federal legislation that will better protect such victims—long after their current caretakers, who are usually their parents, have passed on.

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Local - June 25
3:28 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Wilmington-Area Officials Hold Raleigh News Conference to Support Film Incentive Extension

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, along with local Representatives Susi Hamilton, Ted Davis and Frank Iler, have invited Governor McCrory to tour EUE/Screen Gems Studios and other local sites that have benefitted from the film industry.

As state legislators continue to hammer out the budget, citizens of all political persuasions are awaiting word on the fate of this region’s bustling film business. And that’s why this morning, a contingent of officials and residents from the Wilmington area gathered in Raleigh’s legislative building to plead with lawmakers to extend the current film incentive tax credits—instead of switching to a grant program, which they say would eliminate jobs. But rather than demonstrating film’s bona fides within the Cape Fear region, local lawmakers focused on its statewide benefits.

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Local - June 25
5:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

CFCC Catering its Programming to Better Serve Baby Boomers

Cape Fear Community College is joining a nationwide effort to help prepare Baby Boomers to take on new jobs. CFCC was recently granted funding from the American Association of Community Colleges to create and expand programming that will engage the region’s fifty-plus population in the fields of health care, education and social services. CFCC’s “Encore Program,” as it’s dubbed, takes off in the fall. But first, they’re busy assessing the unique needs of this area’s aspiring senior students.

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Local
4:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

CoastLine: Will NC's Next Film Incentive Package Keep the Cameras Rolling?

This week's topic:  Film Incentives in North Carolina

Providing tax breaks to the film industry…. statewide, it’s a controversial topic.  In Southeastern North Carolina, there’s no question incentives have injected hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy through the boom in film production here.  But plenty of state leaders from less film-centric areas aren’t convinced the financial benefits of the industry extend statewide.  

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Local - June 24
5:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Duke Energy Discloses Possible Plans to Purge Wilmington's Sutton Plant of Coal Ash

Duke Energy spokesperson Jeff Brooks stands before a dried ash basin on the grounds of the Sutton Plant in Wilmington.

Wilmington’s Sutton Plant is one of five statewide Duke Energy coal operations being decommissioned—and the closing of this one is of high priority to lawmakers. In November, Duke Energy retired Sutton’s coal operations. Although it’s now a natural gas plant, more than two million tons of dried coal ash—the waste generated after coal is burned—remains on the site. And the legislation that will determine exactly how much time Duke has to dispose of it all is pending in the General Assembly’s current session. WHQR has this look at the Sutton Plant’s retired coal operation.

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