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10:44 am
Tue August 22, 2006

Wal-Mart Puts Brakes On Ogden Store

Wilmington, NC – Wal-Mart says a stoplight put the breaks on a proposed store for Market Street in Ogden.

The 200,000 square foot store was planned for a stretch of Market Street near Dunbar Road in Ogden.

Wal-Mart spokesperson Tara Stewart tells WHQR that a stoplight couldn't be secured for the area, that along with issues surrounding Wilmington's moratorium on sewer hookups forced the company to abandon the project.

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Local Interest
10:05 am
Tue August 22, 2006

Storms Flood Area

Traffic diverted from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge waits on 3rd Street to cross the Isabelle Holmes.

Wilmington, NC – The National Weather Service estimates four to five inches of rain fell on parts New Hanover county Tuesday, flooding intersections and shorting out traffic lights.

A blocked storm drain closed the 3rd Street on-ramp to the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge for several hours, backing up traffic down 3rd Street and forcing drivers like Larry Dew of Harvest Table Ministries into stop-and-go traffic.

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Local Interest
8:18 am
Tue August 22, 2006

Beach Blast Bust

Wilmington, NC – Tuesday's heavy rains washed out the Beach Blast and Beach Sweep planned for UNCW students.


The university says weather reports of afternoon storms were convincing enough to cancel the event, which was planned for Wrightsville Beach near Ocean Pier.


Instead, students were treated to a showing of the cult classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off at UNCW's new movie theater.

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Local Interest
8:16 am
Tue August 22, 2006

Convention Center Moving Ahead

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo delivered an update Tuesday on the convention center planned for downtown Wilmington.

Saffo says a development agreement will be made within the next two months.

Opponents of the convention center say there will not be enough business to support it, leaving the city stuck with the bills. But Saffo says having the project paid for with an occupancy tax is better than using general tax money.

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Local Interest
6:36 am
Mon August 21, 2006

Convention Center Update

Wilmington, NC –

By Scott Malone

BOSTON (Reuters) - Pentair Inc. on Tuesday cut its earnings outlook for the third and fourth quarters, sending its shares down as much as 10 percent, as weakness in the housing market took a toll on its swimming pool equipment business.

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Local Interest
10:52 am
Wed August 16, 2006

Survey Paints Troubled Picture of Fire Department

Wilmington Fire Department

Wilmington, NC – Nearly 90% of the surveyed firefighters rated morale at the department as 'Poor,' 'Very Poor,' or 'Terrible,' and more than half said they've considered leaving.

The Wilmington Professional Firefighters Association, which represents a majority of the city's firefighters, contracted with an outside group for the survey as part of their ongoing effort to lobby for changes in the department. The group presented their findings at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

123 of the surveys sent out were returned, a response rate of 62%.

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Local Interest
5:35 am
Tue August 15, 2006

City of Wilmington Tallies Up Sewer Break Bill

Wilmington, NC – The City of Wilmington is asking S & C Communications to pay for the cost of fixing damage to a sewer pipe last month.


A letter from the Assistant City Attorney requests $196,605.01.


Nearly five million gallons of wastewater spilled after an S & C crew punctured the River Road sewage pipe back in July.


At first the company said the city failed to mark the pipe, but the city has said it has photos that it marked the site.

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Local Interest
6:22 am
Mon August 14, 2006

UNCW Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Quits

Wilmington, NC – UNCW's Assistant Men's Basketball coach has resigned after a little more than three months on the job.

Chuck Benson says he's leaving for an assistant coaching job at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson, Tennessee.


Back in April, Benson was the first hire by Seahawks head coach Benny Moss.

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Local Interest
6:19 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Governor Easley Says He Will Sign DOT Bill

Wilmington, NC – Governor Mike Easley says he will sign legislation removing specific goals for the North Carolina Department of Transportation when it comes to contracting work out to minority and women-owned businesses.

The North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus is urging Easley to veto the bill, which removes the 10% and 5% goals for contracting work out to minority and women-own businesses.

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Local Interest
4:01 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Easley Signs Landfill Moratorium

Easely signing the landfill moratorium.

Wilmington, NC – Governor Mike Easley signed the landfill moratorium into law in a room at Cape Fear Community College overlooking Brunswick county, site of one of the state's most contentious waste disposal battles.

The proposed Hugo Neu landfill in Navassa is one of five applications statewide frozen by the law.

Easley says while some of the projects may have merit, the state needs more time to develop a coherent policy on proposed landfills.

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