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This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on February 28, 2013.  

USDA

WHQR recently reported that Tregembo Animal Park, a roadside zoo in Wilmington, received a USDA citation for violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Tregembo initially claimed this citation, due to an ailing bear with facial lesions, was their first. But there have been two similar citations in the zoo’s past. 

Due to the bear’s sickness, Tregembo Animal Park received a code 2.40 citation, which indicates inadequate attending veterinary care. It’s a direct noncompliance item—or NCI—because it directly impacts the wellbeing of the animal.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

The 2015 hurricane season begins Monday, June 1. And although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—or NOAA—predicts a slower season than usual, that doesn’t mean coastal residents can let down their guard.

Though estimates are low for this hurricane season, those numbers do not reflect the potential impact to the region. That’s according to Michael Colby, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

The USDA has cited Wilmington’s Tregembo Animal Park, a roadside zoo near Monkey Junction, with a violation of the Animal Welfare Act. The citation came after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals—or PETA—filed a formal complaint regarding a bear with severe facial lesions. The bear is undergoing medical treatment.  

Rachel Mathews of the PETA Foundation says Tregembo has a long history of Animal Welfare Act violations, and that there are many signs of neglect at the park. Mathews says the USDA is lax in its enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act: 

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has hired its first Chief Diversity Officer. 

ABC

On the next CoastLine, Cokie Roberts is coming to Wilmington. The NPR news analyst’s new book, Capital Dames, chronicles the contributions of women in Washington during the Civil War. We’ll hear about the book – and her work as a political analyst.

We’re pre-recording this show, so send your questions and comments to us now by emailing coastline@whqr.org. Listen for CoastLine Wednesday at 12:06 on HQR News 91 3 FM. Follow us on Twitter at coastlinehqr.

City of Wilmington

At the most recent meeting, Wilmington City Council reviewed three downtown houses in violation of the minimum housing code. That's the first set of homes to come before the council since changes were made last summer to speed up the process of addressing dilapidated buildings.

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Children raised in households with intact families often have the luxury of growing into independence. 

American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina—or ACLU— just launched a smart phone app that allows citizens to record and submit videos of police activity directly to the advocacy group. Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says the app is nothing new. 

Chief Evangelous says citizens have been filming police activity for years. And the Wilmington Police Department is ramping up their filming capabilities as well. The department aims to equip all police officers with body cameras: 

NC Legislature Considers Foster Care Family Act

May 18, 2015
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In New Hanover County alone, there are 350 children in foster care. The North Carolina legislature is rethinking some policies surrounding the system. 

If passed, the Foster Care Family Act would implement what the bill calls a “reasonable and prudent parent standard” for decisions made by foster families. Representative Sarah Stevens says the Act would help foster parents function with more freedom: 

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