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3:03 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Subtropical Storm Ana Meandering toward Cape Fear region, bringing Wet, Messy Weekend

Subtropical Storm Ana as of 2 PM Friday, May 8, 2015
NWS National Hurricane Center

The official start to Hurricane Season is still three weeks away, but Subtropical Storm Ana is alive and well and drifting slowly toward the Cape Fear region. 

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3:36 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

The Williston Alumni Choir Celebrates Their Centennial

Check out some of the photos from a gorgeous performance by the Williston Alumni Choir. They sang their hearts out and we couldn't be more thankful for their time and talent!

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4:52 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Top BOEM Official Addresses Scientists' Concerns about Potential for Redundancy in Seismic Surveying

North Atlantic Right Whale Mother and Calf
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries

Officials with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are reviewing ten permit applications from eight companies seeking to conduct seismic testing off the coast of North Carolina. 

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3:53 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

BOEM says Shrinking Buffer Zone for Offshore Oil and Gas Not Possible

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is a vocal supporter of offshore exploration for oil and gas and its necessary precursor, seismic testing. 

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4:19 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

CoastLine: Economic Development Strategy in the Cape Fear

Wilmington Riverfront
Wilmington Downtown Inc.

There’s good economic news today: unemployment is down slightly, and Wilmington has earned another accolade:  a San Francisco-based financial planning website named it the second-best city in the nation to start a business.

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2:33 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Alternative Funding Measures for Infrastructure Development Along 421 Corridor

Proposed Additions to the 421 Corridor
New Hanover County Manager's Office

New Hanover County has started extending water and sewer lines to the 421 Corridor. But the project’s twelve million dollar price tag has some county commissioners seeking alternative funding measures.

To fund the infrastructure development along the 421 Corridor, county managers are looking into federal grants to help lessen the burden on New Hanover.

Mayor Bill Saffo suggests private investment. As an example, he cites Duke Energy’s work to run water lines to the Flemington sites, which have contaminated wells.

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2:12 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Funding the 421 Corridor Improvements: An Interview with NHC Commissioner Woody White

Primary Service Plan to 421 Corridor
New Hanover County Manager's Office

The price tag to extend water and sewer service along the 421 Corridor is twelve million dollars. WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd spoke with New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White about ways the county might offset the costs of the project.

Isabelle Shepherd: At the meeting between the city and county, you suggested selling county property to help offset the costs of infrastructure development along the 421 Corridor. What county property did you have in mind? And has that idea caught hold with the rest of the Board of Commissioners?

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12:05 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

New Hanover County Gauges Return on Investment for 421 Corridor Infrastructure Improvements

Projected Development Through 2040 with Water & Sewer Infrastructure Improvements Along 421 Corridor
New Hanover County Manager's Office

Wilmington and New Hanover County are moving forward with a Garner report recommendation to extend water and sewer to the 421 Corridor. The return on investment will depend on the county’s business recruitment efforts. 

The price tag to further this infrastructure development is nearly 12 million dollars. A full return on investment is expected in sixteen years, and the most optimistic estimate is as little as ten years.

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2:40 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

CoastLine: Science Panel Weighs in on Potential Impacts of Seismic Testing off NC Coast

North Atlantic Right Whale Mother and Calf
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries

It was just one week ago that Governor Pat McCrory testified in front of the House subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources about oil and gas exploration off the North Carolina coast. 

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10:07 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Governor McCrory Fights 50 Mile Buffer Zone for Oil & Gas Exploration and Drilling

Governor Pat McCrory
Governor Pat McCrory

When President Obama opened portions of the Atlantic seaboard to drilling, the Interior Department established a buffer of fifty-miles to protect fishing and tourism. But Governor Pat McCrory strongly criticizes that restriction.

The Governor spoke before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources last week. He says the fifty-mile buffer zone unnecessarily restricts development:

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