DEQ Held A Hearing And No One Came

This week the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality hosted a public hearing in Wilmington, and nobody came. The meeting was to discuss the clean-up of hazardous materials at a site off Sunnyvale Drive. It’s not uncommon for these hearings to go unattended.

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The U.S. House passed a resolution to affirm support for the work of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency – also known as ICE – on Wednesday.  The non-binding resolution came in answer to a push by some Democratic lawmakers and progressive activists to abolish the Agency.  Democrats in the Senate blocked the resolution the same day.

On Thursday’s CoastLine, Hunter Ingram of the Star News is rolling out a podcast on historic Wilmington. Tune in to hear stories behind the Cape Fear Region’s legendary events and figures…

On Wednesday’s CoastLine, musician Rhiannon Giddens joins us to talk about her recent solo albums, her work with the Grammy-award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, and her recent MacArthur Genius Award…  And she’s taking your questions…

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? runs from Monday, August 13 thru Wednesday, August 15th. It screens Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm in Thalian Hall’s Main Stage Theatre.

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The New Hanover County Airport Authority has a new chairperson... and for the first time in its history, the chair is a woman. Donna Girardot was appointed to the position last week. She becomes Chair as Wilmington International Airport goes through another year of growth. WHQR sat down with Girardot, to discuss her new role.

A Composer Among Us

Jul 20, 2018

Elise Seifert is a composer, bassoonist, Wilmington native, WHQR volunteer, and so much more.

While still in high school, Elise interned for Bob Workmon, helping with the music library and building playlists before going off to study music at UNC Greensboro.

Coming soon to Classical HQR, we celebrate the CHRISTMAS in JULY and The Festival of Lights – Hanukkah!


Die Fledermaus is hilarious and a great "first opera" for the uninitiated, according to Opera Wilmington singers. The show is onstage at UNCW's Main Stage Theatre for just 4 performances: July 20, 22, 27, & 29.

Listen above to our backstage rehearsal conversation with Director Nancy King and singers Michelle Lerch, Shannon Kessler Dooley, and Joshua Collier. See our gallery of pictures below. 

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Tuesday night the Wilmington City Council will consider a resolution that asks North Carolina’s General Assembly and Governor to consider legislation that would prohibit those deemed an extreme threat to themselves or others from being able to purchase – or keep - weapons like handguns and rifles. 


The Race Matters Book Discussion Group began in January this year.  The focus book right now is We Were Eight Years in Power, a collection of essays by Te-Nehisi Coates penned between 2012 and 2017 for The Atlantic. 


On a recent scorching in Austin, Texas, Democrat Justin Nelson held a bar crawl in three bars within just a few blocks of each other — and each of those three different bars were in three different congressional districts.

"Even in this baking hot Austin sun, you can walk these three blocks without even being totally drenched in sweat, because these districts are so close," said Nelson, who is campaigning to replace the state's Republican attorney general, Ken Paxton, in November.

At a festival appearance in New York City's Central Park, Hillary Clinton spoke against President Trump's apparent reluctance to accept intelligence showing that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

"The great mystery is why the president has not spoken up for our country and we saw that most clearly in this recent meeting with Putin," she said.

Updated at 1:13 a.m. ET Sunday

Los Angeles police say a suspected gunman who held people hostage inside a Trader Joe's in the city's Silver Lake neighborhood is now in custody. At least one person is dead.

Police identified the suspect as a man about 28 years old, who surrendered three hours after barricading himself inside the store where other people had been trapped. Police have not yet released the suspect's name.

Sitting in an orange jumpsuit in a Washington courtroom this week, Maria Butina was either an agent of the Russian government, as federal prosecutors allege, or a just an international graduate student targeted for her nationality, as her defense contends.

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