Governor McCrory http://whqr.org en Wilmington-Area Officials Hold Raleigh News Conference to Support Film Incentive Extension http://whqr.org/post/wilmington-area-officials-hold-raleigh-news-conference-support-film-incentive-extension <p>As state legislators continue to hammer out the budget, citizens of all political persuasions are awaiting word on the fate of this region’s bustling film business. And that’s why this morning, a contingent of officials and residents from the Wilmington area gathered in Raleigh’s legislative building to plead with lawmakers to extend the current film incentive tax credits—instead of switching to a grant program, which they say would eliminate jobs. But rather than demonstrating film’s bona fides within the Cape Fear region, local lawmakers focused on its statewide benefits.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:28:14 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 57106 at http://whqr.org Wilmington-Area Officials Hold Raleigh News Conference to Support Film Incentive Extension Candidate Profile: Bill Rabon (R), NC Senate, District 8 http://whqr.org/post/candidate-profile-bill-rabon-r-nc-senate-district-8 <p>Senator Bill Rabon has represented North Carolina Senate District Eight since 2010--and he’s hoping to carry forth through another term. Rabon, a native of Columbus County and a current Southport veterinarian, recently told WHQR that he doesn’t want to stay in the Senate so long he wears out his welcome. However, the incumbent Republican says he’s proud of what he’s accomplished in terms of transportation and tax reform, and would like to see these matters—as well as initiatives related to job creation and education—through to completion.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 54257 at http://whqr.org Candidate Profile: Bill Rabon (R), NC Senate, District 8 Governor McCrory Tours Wilmington Port http://whqr.org/post/governor-mccrory-tours-wilmington-port <p>Wilmington Ports Authority officials are working to boost storage capacity for niche products such as local produce, pork and wood pellets. Yesterday, Governor McCrory toured the port and announced he’ll work to make it competitive with neighboring port cities Savannah, Charleston and Norfolk. McCrory also announced plans to improve education.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:43:52 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 49639 at http://whqr.org Governor McCrory Tours Wilmington Port State Tax on Entertainment and Nonprofit Events Goes Into Effect http://whqr.org/post/state-tax-entertainment-and-nonprofit-events-goes-effect <p>Today is the last chance to pay the usual admission to movies, museums and cultural events. Effective New Year’s Day, the State General Assembly is imposing a 4.75% privilege tax on admission to such entertainment—which includes a host of nonprofit events.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:50:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 48276 at http://whqr.org State Tax on Entertainment and Nonprofit Events Goes Into Effect Brunswick County Boosting Manufacturing Job Opportunities http://whqr.org/post/brunswick-county-boosting-manufacturing-job-opportunities <p>Brunswick County is rolling out the welcome mat for two new manufacturing outfits this fall. Not only is Lee Controls, a metal manufacturer, moving from New Jersey into a 20,000-square-foot facility in Southport, but RTM Light USA, a surfboard manufacturing operation, will be setting up in a space within Brunswick Community College. This translates to roughly 70 new jobs.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 43865 at http://whqr.org Brunswick County Boosting Manufacturing Job Opportunities Civil Rights Groups Sue in Response to NC Voter ID Bill's Changes to Early Voting http://whqr.org/post/civil-rights-groups-sue-response-nc-voter-id-bills-changes-early-voting <p>Since Governor McCrory signed the Voter ID Bill into law on Monday, three civil rights groups have filed lawsuits. They challenge new requirements for state-issued IDs, elimination of same-day registration--and an early voting period that will be shortened by seven days. Critics of the bill say the latter in particular will cut off voting opportunities for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians—particularly minorities. About 64 percent of New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender County citizens voted early in the 2012 election.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:47:37 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 41572 at http://whqr.org Civil Rights Groups Sue in Response to NC Voter ID Bill's Changes to Early Voting WOW Protesters Not Going Away Following Passage of Controversial Bills Concerning Abortion http://whqr.org/post/wow-protesters-not-going-away-following-passage-controversial-bills-concerning-abortion <p>Although the North Carolina General Assembly has adjourned, the grassroots group, Women Organizing for Wilmington, or WOW, will maintain its weekly schedule of protesting against local legislators’ support of recent bills that would tighten restrictions on abortion. Despite passage of the controversial legislation in state House and Senate, local demonstrators say they’ll voice their discord until the next state elections.</p><p>"Shame on Goolsby! Shame on Goolsby! Shame on Goolsby!"</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:14:30 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 40614 at http://whqr.org WOW Protesters Not Going Away Following Passage of Controversial Bills Concerning Abortion