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Local - June 19
5:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Pender County Receives Federal Investment Funds to Revitalize its Economy

The incoming ACME Smoked Fish facility will create 240 full-time jobs in Pender County.

Pender County is getting more than two million dollars from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help bolster its economy. The award, announced yesterday, will go toward construction of a wastewater treatment plant that will serve manufacturing operations in Pender Commerce Park. That’s just off of Highway 421, north of the New Hanover County line. So far, that park is empty--but by the end of this year, it will be home to a major seafood processing facility.

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8:27 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

House Passes Budget Amendment to Convert Film Tax Breaks to Grant Fund

North Carolina Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC

The House has passed a budget amendment that includes a provision for the film industry. 

It was the joint effort of Republicans Ted Davis, from New Hanover County, and Ruth Samuelson, from Mecklenburg County.   

This was Davis’ second attempt to include a program for the film industry in the House version of the budget.    And this amendment, says Davis, is aimed at keeping the conversation about film incentives going.

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5:44 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Hamilton: the Fight for Film Incentives Is Not Over

Wilmington Regional Film Commission

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The film community in North Carolina is holding its collective breath while House leaders consider budget amendments.  

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Local - June 12
4:05 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Berger Won't be Charged with Felony--May Get to Keep NHC Commission Seat

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger--who was charged with a DWI in February--is likely looking at a four-month prison sentence. Following Berger’s arrest in Avery County this week for violating his parole, and possessing numerous weapons and drug paraphernalia, the commissioner made an appearance in court this afternoon—via video from the county jail.

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Local - June 9
5:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

NHC Comprehensive Plan Seeks to Engage Public, Yet Lacks Input From Underserved Community

Dozens of New Hanover County citizens are brainstorming ways to use local land, resources, and economic opportunities in the not-so-distant future. It’s all part of the Comprehensive Plan, a public engagement initiative to plot the development necessary to accommodate this region’s projected population swell. In November, when the planning department initially outlined this plan, they told their commissioners they would constantly be reevaluating their strategy, to ensure that all citizens had a voice. However, a significant sector of the population hasn’t been accounted for.

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Local - June 5
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Teachers to Gather at Rally to Weigh Higher Pay Against "Tenure Rights"

North Carolina’s public school teachers could soon be faced with a big choice: pay hikes, or job protection. State senators are proposing a budget that would raise experienced educators’ salaries in exchange for what they’re calling “tenure rights.” And navigating such a choice can be confusing. Which is why the local division of the North Carolina Association of Educators—or NCAE—is hosting what they’re billing as an informational rally in Wilmington, tomorrow.

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Local
4:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Film Incentive Supporters Focus Lobbying Efforts on "Film Day" in Raleigh

Filming at Wilmington's City Hall
Billy Hathorn

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Film incentives are the ticket to keeping more than four-thousand full-time jobs in the state.  That was a central theme Wednesday morning in Raleigh during a press conference where state and city leaders, film industry workers, and industry supporters gathered to celebrate Film Day at the General Assembly. 

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Local - June 4
5:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

North Carolina Launches Hotline to Field Veteran Complaints

VA Medical Facility in Fayetteville, North Carolina

North Carolina is taking veterans' affairs into its own hands. Following national allegations surrounding the mistreatment of veterans, the state Division of Veterans’ Affairs has launched a tip hotline to allow citizens and VA care workers to anonymously report misconduct at federal VA facilities. It went live Monday, and call staff claims that phone line is already ringing off the hook.

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4:29 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Chancellor Gary Miller: "An Educated Society is a Society that Contributes"

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller
UNCW

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UNCW has announced that Chancellor Gary Miller will be stepping down July 31st to take the top position at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay after current Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden retires. 

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5:12 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

UNCW Chancellor Miller Accepts Top Post at Univ. of Wisconsin-Green Bay

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller
UNCW

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UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller is headed to Wisconsin.  

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