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4:18 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Battleship North Carolina In Need of Emergency Repairs

Rusting in the bowels of the ship.
Kate Brandis, WHQR

Battleship North Carolina stands as a tribute to those who served in World War II and attracts a quarter-million visitors each year. But the ship, permanently moored in Wilmington, is in need of emergency repairs. 

Even the strongest people and monuments age with time, and the steel hull of Battleship North Carolina is thinning. In some spots, a finger can poke through. That’s because the last major repairs were done over sixty years ago, despite the fact that the U.S. Navy’s standard requires repairs every twenty years.

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Local
6:29 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

North Topsail Working to Remove Rocks on Beach; Requesting Extension on Sand Project

www.coastalreview.org

Finding good quality sand that is also compatible with the existing sand on a beach is an ongoing challenge for beach renourishment projects in North Carolina.  

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Local
6:25 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

CoastLine: Beach Renourishment as Shoreline Protection Tool

Town of North Topsail Beach

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 8, 2015. 

Keeping beautiful beaches beautiful, protecting homes and public infrastructure from an encroaching ocean -- these are the challenges that have faced beach communities since people started building on them. 

One important tool for managing a shoreline is beach renourishment – pumping sand onto a beach that is eroding. 

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Local
1:22 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Scientists Call For Halt to Oil & Gas Exploration Program

Illustration of Seismic Testing
Wikipedia Commons

Seismic testing gauges oil and gas deposits by shooting loud blasts of compressed air into the ocean. President Barack Obama approved the guidelines for its usage last year. But a group of scientists is calling upon the President to rethink that decision. 

William McLellan of UNCW’s Marine Biology Department is one of seventy-five scientists who wrote to President Obama in opposition to the planned oil and gas exploration program off the Atlantic coast. They are concerned about impacts to marine wildlife.  

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Local
2:47 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

CoastLine: Nnenna Freelon, The Clothesline Muse, and Williston's 100th Year

Nnenna Freelon as Grandma Blu in The Clothesline Muse - playing UNCW's Kenan Auditorium March 28th.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on March 25, 2015. 

The clothesline:  it’s an old-fashioned, even quaint, installation that’s fading from modern culture, but the metaphor it offers is the centerpiece of a new show called The Clothesline Muse playing Kenan Auditorium this Saturday. 

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Local
4:39 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Celebrating Williston School Luminaries: Dorothy DeShields

Williston Senior High School, Class of 1946
Cape Fear Museum

The Williston School is celebrating its centennial.  The graduates of the former Williston Senior High have gone on to become leaders in the local community, state, and nation.  WHQR spoke with Dorothy DeShields, who was inspired by her teachers at Williston to pursue a career in education.

Isabelle Shepherd: What was the educational experience like at Williston?

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Local
6:22 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

CoastLine: Third Wave Feminism Still Struggles with Wage Gap, Glass Ceiling

Women Suffragists Picketing in front of the White House in 1917.
Library of Congress

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on March 18, 2015. 

March is Womens’ History Month.  

This month doesn’t share the longevity of, say, Black History Month. 

It wasn’t until 1981 that Congress passed a resolution asking the President to proclaim one week in March as “Women’s History Week."  Over the next five years, Congress passed annual resolutions designating "Women’s History Week." 

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Local
1:22 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Celebrating Williston School Luminaries: Joseph McNeil

Joseph McNeil
Wikimedia Commons

Williston Middle School in Wilmington marks its 100th anniversary this year.  When it was a segregated high school, Williston produced alumni who are known throughout the country for their achievements.  Joseph McNeil graduated from Williston in 1959 and went on to start the civil rights sit-in movement in Greensboro.  

Isabelle Shepherd: You attended Williston Senior High School. Can you tell me about your time there?

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Local
5:49 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Celebrating Williston School Luminaries: Dr. Phillip Clay

Former MIT Chancellor and Williston School Graduate Dr. Phillip Clay
UNCW

Williston Middle School in Wilmington marks its 100th anniversary this year. 

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Local
4:07 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Lawmakers Push For Reinstatement of Historic Preservation Tax Credit

Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz addresses the crowd at Outdoor Equipped in downtown Wilmington.
Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

Historic preservation tax credits expired at the end of 2014, but now at least two bills working their way through the North Carolina House and Senate aim to reinstate the program.  Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz came to Wilmington during a multi-city tour to support the legislation. 

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