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New Hanover County recently approved revisions to its special use permit.  Duke Energy is working to close its coal ash pits at the Sutton Steam Plant site and held a public meeting last week to update stakeholders on the progress.  Also last week, and officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality, and others held a public meeting in Navassa – about the testing and clean-up project on the former Kerr-McGee chemical site across the river in Brunswick County -- which is a Superfund site. 

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The revised Presidential Executive Order banning travel from six mostly-Muslim countries, called a “watered-down version” of the first by President Donald Trump, is now blocked from going into effect by two federal judges -- in Hawaii and Maryland – as of Thursday morning.    

But in light of the movement to crack down on who is coming in to the country, we’re also seeing a crackdown on people who are already here who may not be here legally.  The efforts to find those people are called Targeted Enforcement Operations. 

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Anonymous wrote: “[The] pledge drive is sooo... demeaning and embarrassing. it must be terribly inefficient at raising money, terribly efficient at raising hackles. thanks for ruining "Science Friday". name withheld because of gossip.” And listener Jerry said “Why do you spend two weeks telling us that your pledge drive is shorter than ever?”

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Guest pianist Barbara McKenzie will launch WHQR's new Bach's Lunch series on Friday, March 31st. Whether you're a long time, sophisticated listener or someone looking for a rejuvenating lunch break, you'll enjoy gathering in the WHQR Gallery from Noon-1 to hear Barbara bring the joy and wonder of Bach's keyboard music to life. She'll expose the melodies and mysteries of Bach's G minor English Suite, a series of dances and jigs and share some interesting factoids about the Baroque master. Bring your lunch-we'll have cake and refreshments.

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The Cape Fear Economic Development Council is a Wilmington-based group that advocates for sustainable economic development.  At a recent meeting, they looked at whether state or local governments are best-suited to lead development efforts. 

Thank you to everyone who helped us TAKE A DAY OFF and reach our Spring Pledge Drive goal in only 6 days!!! More than 1,290 people gave gifts by phone, online and mail to help WHQR raise $152,325 (well beyond our $140,000 goal). THANK YOU to...

Thanks to texting and voice recognition technology, commas are going the way of the dinosaur, but commentator Peggy Porter is here to remind us that that neglected comma may come back to bite you.  

Time now for today's WHQR Commentary. Here's Peggy Porter. 

Peggy Porter is a long-time resident of New Hanover County, and a former teacher of U.S. History and Civics. 

You can hear more from Peggy and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click "Commentary."

The new WHQR App is ready for action!

The WHQR app for smartphones and tablets provides super-useful features like live streaming, local news stories, your favorite programs and on-demand content. The App is free and available to download for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android phones. Find it using the links at the bottom or by searching for “WHQR” in Apple’s App Store or Google Marketplace. Or, just click here. 

So this happened: I was interviewed by the BBC concerning the President's plan to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and what the impact would be on local stations like WHQR. In this story, the segment I'm in runs from c. 16'51" to 20'00".

Here is a link to my recent Op-Ed on this topic, published by the Wilmington StarNews.

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Susi Hamilton held the House seat in North Carolina’s 18th District for three terms and was recently elected to a fourth.  She resigned near the end of January – after new Democratic Governor Roy Cooper tapped her to lead the state’s Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 

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Wilmington's Tallis Chamber Orchestra has a special performance on Saturday, March 25th at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Tallis received funding through the Landfall Foundation to bring a guest artist to town for the performance and for community enrichment through orchestra classroom visits and a Master Class. That guest artist is violinist Jacqui Carrasco, an international soloist and chamber musician from Wake Forest University.

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More than 400 business leaders packed Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station last night to hear from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.  The occasion:  the 150th anniversary of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.  

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Girls Choir of Wilmington is throwing a Spring Gala on March 26 at Watermark Marina on River Road. The Choir celebrates its 20th anniversary (and its 40th concert). Founder and Director, Sandy Errante, joined us with two members to talk about the celebration. Choir member Emma Moyer has been in the choir for 6 years; she and new Choir member Malia Kassell, talk about what singing means to them. Listen above. 

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Last month, Deb Butler was sworn in to the North Carolina House of Representatives to fill Susi Hamilton’s seat. As a Democratic newcomer to the General Assembly, Representative Butler has found one issue that drives lawmakers to reach across the aisle: the opioid epidemic.

Most of us know very little about the organisms in our own backyard, bedroom, roommate or even on our bodies. Rob Dunn, a Professor of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University, will try to change that – when he speaks tomorrow night at UNCW.  

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What if I told you that the film "Heathers"-1988 black comedy, inappropriate high-school cult classic- was made into a musical? Well, it's true, and Anthony Lawson is directing the Wilmington premiere of Heathers, the Musical for Panache Theatrical Productions. Lawson and actress/singer Hunter Wyatt joined us in the studio; listen above. Wyatt is playing the part made famous by Winona Ryder: Veronica.  The show opens on Thursday, March 16 at Thalian Hall's Stein Theatre, running through April 2. 

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There’s a move afoot in the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal a plastic bag ban along the Outer Banks. More than 125 municipalities in the U.S. have adopted bag bans, but several states are now reversing that trend. 

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One community in Virginia is looking closely at its animal ordinances.  A Wicomico County council member observes that the governing body did a good job of putting ordinances in place to protect people from dangerous dogs several years ago, but they hadn’t done much to protect dogs from people who are irresponsible or cruel.  That’s according to the Delmarva Review.  So the county is reconvening a Dog Review Committee – this time -- to look at regulations through t

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The commitments from players are starting to roll in for the Wells Fargo Championship, set for May at Eagle Point Golf Club.

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When is the last time you picked up a book? I mean a real, honest to goodness book with a spine and a cover and maybe a few dog-eared pages inside. If it’s been too long, today’s CoastLine is for you. We’re going to go back to the days before smart phones and tablets, and talk about humankind’s greatest invention after fire and country ham, books.

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This is extended raw tape from Gina Gambony's (GG) interview with Nick Szuberla (NS) and Rend Smith (RS) from Working Narratives and Free Movement/Black Man Running 5-K. 

WHQR/91.3 HQR will bring you special coverage of Governor Roy Cooper’s State-of-the-State Address, and North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger’s response on Monday night. Coverage begins at 7 p.m.

Catherine Brand will anchor, with feature commentary and analysis from WUNC Public Radio’s Dave DeWitt. Reporters may also report from the floor of the General Assembly. 

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John Tabler, the Director of Music at 1st Presbyterian Church in downtown Wilmington, joined us in the studio to talk about this month's Music at First guest musician: international concert pianist Barry Salwen. Listen above to hear John talk about his own musical beginnings and what Barry will perform on March 19. If you haven't been to 1st Pres, John also shares a description of the nearly 90-year-old gothic style church. 

WHQR Public Radio is pleased to announce that Vince Winkel has been hired as a full-time Reporter, joining the staff of the HQR News team. Winkel started on March 2nd.

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Women's Impact Network (WIN) is collective of women who pool their money to make a big impact on non-profits in the Cape Fear region. The group is in its sixth year; the first year, WIN pooled $20,000 to distribute. Impressive, right? Well, this year, as membership has increased, so has the impact power: $58,000 will be distributed this year, the lion's share going to one organization. WIN wants to continue to expand and provide even more support to local non-profits. Listen above to the chair of the Leadership Committee, Linda Brown, and the chair of the Membership Committee, Carol Kennedy.

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On Monday the New Hanover County Commissioners unanimously approved a new Special Use Permit or SUP. The permit is required of certain industries if they wish to build a facility in the county. The vote came after a year of work by county staff and the planning board, concerned citizens and business leaders.   

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

 

  

You can hear more from Annie Gray and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary."

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

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Poet Keegan Lester is on a tour with his collection of poetry called this shouldn't be beautiful but it was & it was all i had so i drew it. This collection was published by Slope Editions after Keegan won the 2016 Slope Editions Book Prize. He's on a 28-date tour with the book, mostly sharing readings and signing books in bars and other locations outside the walls of academia. Keegan earned his MFA in Poetry at Columbia University, but this tour seems to represent a break with the university system he criticizes for constraining emerging poets through unyielding and outdated definitions of poetry. Listen above.

The Special Use Permit is on the agenda for Monday’s New Hanover County Board of Commissioners meeting. It’s comes up after a year of work by county staff and interested parties.

After almost a year of meetings, public hearings and work sessions, the New Hanover County Commissioners will discuss changes in the Special Use Permit or SUP, Monday afternoon.

Last month the county planning board voted 6 to 1 to approve the changes in the SUP and send it to the next level.

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