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10:02 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Environmental Coalition Seeks to Ignite Local Activism on Coal Ash

Duke Energy's Sutton Plant, New Hanover County
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A coalition of environmental groups is working to ignite local activism on the coal ash front.  

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Local - April 30
5:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Candidate Profile: Danny Hefner (D), NC Senate, District 8

Danny Hefner, the Ocean Isle Beach Democrat who lost 2012’s Senate District Eight race to incumbent Bill Rabon, has thrown his hat into the same ring again. A former Marine Corps officer and truck driver, Hefner now works as a local delivery driver, an inter-faith minister, and a therapeutic foster parent to abused and troubled children. The third-time Senate candidate recently sat down with WHQR to discuss his plans for a range of social issues—but first, Hefner says he plans to address the economy.

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Local
4:30 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials Economic Boon for Southeastern North Carolina

PPD Headquarters, Wilmington, NC
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Economic growth strategy is dominating conversations from neighborhood associations to cities and counties -- to the state and federal levels.  New Hanover County Commissioners recently paid for an analysis on the best ways to grow the area’s economy.  

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Capacity crowd at luncheon
7:41 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Wilmington welcomes Robert Siegel

Graduate Fellow Fidias Reyes and Robert Siegel

WHQR's Spring Luncheon on April 24th attracted nearly 450 listeners to hear Robert Siegel, Senior Co-Host of NPR's All Things Considered. Here are some comments from attendees:

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Local - April 24
3:48 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Cape Fear Region's Largest Employers Share Needs with Local Entrepreneurs

State treasurer Janet Cowell welcomes entrepreneurs at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship's latest business event.

UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or CIE, has unveiled the business sector’s answer to match-making. 

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Local - April 23
11:13 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Wilmington Housing Authority Competing For Grant Money to Beef Up Southside Safety

The Wilmington Housing Authority is narrowing its focus when it comes to revitalizing the Southside neighborhood between Castle and Martin Streets. This comprehensive initiative to attract mixed-income residents, municipal services, and resources such as educational and athletic facilities would be far more feasible with help from a ninety-million-dollar grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.

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Local - April 22
2:47 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Whether Hauled Away or Kept in NHC, Efforts Ensue to Ensure Solid Waste Stream Diverts from Landfill

The question of what to do with New Hanover County’s solid waste is still open. After hearing long-awaited presentations Monday from two private companies vying to haul local waste to neighboring counties, the commissioners were left dissatisfied with projected costs. While the outside companies have been invited to justify their numbers during next month’s commission board meeting, the county could simply continue to handle waste management operations on its own.

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Local - April 21
5:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

UNCW Business Leaders Ask Cape Fear Region's Top Five Employers to Reveal Their Needs

In the wake of UNCW’s Information Technology Conference and the release of the Garner Report, the question of how to spur economic development in the Cape Fear Region persists. Should leaders be luring outside businesses, developing local industries, or encouraging start-up activity? In answer to this, UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or CIE, is training local entrepreneurs to identify area business owners’ needs, develop solutions accordingly—and take these ideas to broader, out-of-state markets.  

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Local - April 18
5:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

New Moral Movies Film Series Intends to Highlight Social Issues and Spur Community Discussion

Founders cite Moral Mondays, the highly publicized NC NAACP protest movement, as Moral Movies' namesake.

Next week, Wilmington--along with seven other locations across the state--will begin hosting a new documentary film series. Its founders—the North Carolina NAACP and Wilmington-based nonprofit Working Films—have coined the summer-long initiative Moral Movies. Its four monthly features are intended to highlight hot-button state issues--and jump-start community dialog.

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Local - April 16
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Candidate Profile: Ernie Ward (D), NC Senate, District 8

A second Brunswick County veterinarian is vying to represent the citizens of North Carolina’s Senate District Eight.  In fact, Democratic candidate Dr. Ernie Ward cites -- as a major impetus to run -- a January episode during which his district’s incumbent senator, fellow veterinarian Bill Rabon, rejected legislation to regulate commercial dog breeding. In addition to animal rights, this political newcomer—who is endorsed by the North Carolina Association of Educators and has served on Brunswick County’s Board of Health—champions accessible healthcare and middle-class job creation.

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