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Local - March 20
5:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

City of Wilmington Planners Hit the Bars to Collect Public Input

Home Leisure Direct

The City of Wilmington is expected to gain 60,000 citizens by the year 2040. In anticipation, city planners have launched a comprehensive plan similar to that of New Hanover County. While the Wilmington plan also asks residents to describe their ideal community attributes, its public engagement process is less orthodox. In fact, city planners have been hitting the local bar scene to collect input.

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Local
4:39 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

DENR Estimates 61 Million Gallons from Duke's Coal Ash Ponds Poured into Cape Fear River

Cape Fear Plant, Moncure, NC
Duke Energy Progress

Sixty-one million gallons:  that’s the amount of untreated wastewater from coal ash ponds that state regulators estimate poured into a tributary of the Cape Fear River.  

State regulators have issued a citation to Duke Energy for violating its wastewater permit in Chatham County.

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is required to give the nation’s largest electric utility 30 days to respond to the notice of violation. 

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Local - March 19
5:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Candidate Profile: Michael T. Burns (R), NC Senate, District 9

Michael T. Burns grew up in western North Carolina’s Jackson County, and spent time living in Georgia, Idaho and Raleigh before calling Wilmington home. Burns manages a RadioShack in Wilmington, and is active within the local Mormon Church.

A political newcomer, he’s also running for the District 9 Senate seat soon to be vacated by Thom Goolsby. Burns, a Republican, says Goolsby has done a wonderful job, and that he hopes to continue his work. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly spoke with the 20-year retail veteran about his plans to create local business--while cutting government spending.

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Local - March 14
5:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Wilmington Inching Closer Toward its Very Own Brand Identity

At a meeting last Friday, BILT members brainstormed overarching concepts they hope to encapsulate in Wilmington's eventual brand identity.

UNCW business experts seek to launch Wilmington into an elite class of locales with memorable branding slogans—such as “I love New York” or “Pure Michigan.” It’s part of a sweeping initiative to beckon businesses and people to the Cape Fear Region. After months of research, UNCW’s Brand Identity Leadership Team, or BILT, has identified this region’s most attractive quality.

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Local
1:05 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Candidate Profile: Wesley Casteen (L), 7th Congressional District

Wesley Casteen, (L-New Hanover County), Candidate for 7th Congressional District
casteen.org

Wesley Casteen talks with Rachel Lewis Hilburn.

Wesley Casteen grew up in nearby Duplin County and now lives in New Hanover.

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Local - March 14
5:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Assistance League of Greater Wilmington Opens Neighborhood Thrift Shop

Assistance League of Greater Wilmington

One area nonprofit is embarking on a brand-new funding stream this weekend. The Assistance League of Greater Wilmington—whose community volunteers provide school uniforms to children in need, prune hospital gardens, and moonlight as puppeteers bearing anti-bullying messages—is cutting the ribbon at its newest philanthropic venture, a thrift store. The operation is expected to pull in $100,000 to $200,000 annually.

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Local
12:53 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Election Law Changes: Provisional Ballots No Longer Allowed Outside of Assigned Precinct

Smithsonian Institute

Listen to the story here.

The Primary Election is less than eight weeks away, and new rules will be in place at the polls this May. 

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Local
1:52 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Candidate Profile: Chris Andrade (R), 7th Congressional District

Chris Andrade (R-Cumberland County); Candidate for NC District 7
Chris Andrade for Congress

7th Congressional District Candidate Chris Andrade talks with Rachel Lewis Hilburn.

Chris Andrade calls himself "a different kind of Republican".

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Local - March 7
4:07 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Planning Board Recommends Changes to SUP Application Process--Including More Public Hearings

Industrial businesses looking to call New Hanover County home may soon be required to hold public meetings as part of the special use permit -- or SUP – process. And the SUP is what they need to launch or expand operations. This is one among several changes that the county planning board unanimously recommended at last night’s public hearing on the most recent SUP draft—an update of a version that was tabled in January. And community stakeholders on both sides of the issue—business leaders and environmental advocates—say this new draft presents a compromise they can live with.

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Local - March 5
5:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Hampstead Citizen Group to Challenge NC Department of Transportation Over Proposed Bypass Plan

Hampstead's Chapel Pond, home to several types of birds and fish, would be destroyed under the DOT's proposed bypass plan.

A group of Hampstead citizens has organized to oppose a proposed interchange along Highway 17 that would bisect their town. Construction of this thirty-million-dollar ramp is slated to begin in 2023; however, the local group is already fighting the six-lane interchange, saying the project will disrupt local business and the environment.

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