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Inmates killed five North Carolina prison workers in 2017.  Four worked as correctional officers; one as a maintenance mechanic.  Violent assaults on officers have increased significantly from previous years, according to the Associated Press. 

Kelly Mason Smith has been around. From his roots in Wilson, NC, to his successful run with The Mason Smith Band in Wilmington, to his hard-workin' stint on the Nashville music scene, Kelly has made a name for himself with poignant, thoughtful songwriting, high-quality production values, and a tireless work ethic wherever he makes music. Expect all of that, and more, at our next SOUP TO NUTS LIVE! featuring Kelly Smith with Ned Lavengood on Thursday May 24 in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR in downtown Wilmington.

Wilmington Wine & Food Festival

The Wilmington Food & Wine Festival runs Friday through Sunday, May 18-20 at the Bellamy Mansion. The event is tented up and ready for Mother Nature. A dozen restaurant dishes, 150 wines, plus various beers and liquors will be available for tasting.

100 voices (plus orchestral accompaniment) onstage at the Wilson Center at 4:00pm ... 70 musicians (plus guest euphoniumist) onstage at Kenan Auditorium at 4:30pm. Both on Sunday, 5/20. A pair of simultaneous well-appointed concerts, and music lovers will have to choose one. 

The Changing Face of the Opioid Crisis

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The Cape Fear Region has seen an increase in opioid use disorder, otherwise known as OUD. New Hanover County has plans to open a long-term treatment facility – for men.

People suffering from opioid use disorder contribute to jail overflows. That’s why New Hanover County Commissioners committed to funding a Trillium Health Resources facility in 2016

StepUp Wilmington (formerly Phoenix Hometown Hires) works to eliminate barriers to employment experienced by people with gaps in education, criminal records, transportation needs, and history of substance abuse. The group's annual Luncheon is Wednesday, 5/16 at UNCW's Burney Center.

The Southern Environmental Law Center – or SELC -- says the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality should shut down Chemours, and they should do it now. On behalf of Cape Fear River Watch, the SELC recently told DEQ they have the power and legal authority to take that step. 

New Hanover High School senior Abigale Hawkins met me back in February at a local coffee shop to pitch an idea. Her concept for a senior project was to arrange music from the sacred classical and hymn traditions into a piece that she would sing - and she sings very well - that would then air on Classical HQR, if it met muster. Well, it did. Abigale then came in for a brief interview about her experience and her future: 

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Commentator Nan Graham says her Mama said no one in her family could play a musical instrument or do math. Sadly, it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

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The May 2018 primary is now over, and the candidates who made it through this elimination round now head to the ballot for the November general election.

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If you've never heard Romeo's Tune, it's not too late. It's all over the internet-and Steve Forbert is in Wilmington tonight (Thursday, 5/10). Rumor has it that he takes requests. 

Ronald Sachs International Music Competition

The Ronald Sachs International Music Competition is Friday and Saturday at UNCW's Beckwith Recital Hall, featuring a performance by the three judges Friday night at 7:30 and the final 3 competition performances Saturday night at 7:30. Masterclasses are Friday daytime competition begins Saturday morning. 

Three Democrats battled in the 20th North Carolina House District, for the right to challenge incumbent state Representative Holly Grange, a Republican. It was a close race. 

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Frank Iler has served four terms as the North Carolina Representative for District 17.  Now this Brunswick County Republican heads into a general election for the fifth time.

In the primary for New Hanover County Commissioner, three Democrats ran for two spots in November’s general election: newcomer James Middleton, political veteran Julia Olson-Boseman, and current commissioner Rob Zapple.  

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North Carolina Representative Ted Davis, Jr. served on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners before his appointment to the state House in 2012.  Despite a primary challenge from newcomer Hunter Ford, this New Hanover County Republican now goes on to battle a Democrat and a Libertarian in November.

Kure Beach physician Kyle Horton and Goldsboro businessman Grayson Parker squared off Tuesday, to be the Democratic nominee to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Representative David Rouzer, of the 7th Congressional District. 

New Hanover County’s Board of Education has four Republican incumbents seeking new terms; three of them have served for more than two decades.   Three Republican challengers brought the primary candidate total to seven.

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North Carolina Senator Bill Rabon, a Republican from Brunswick County who represents District 8, now has two November opponents.  Democrat David Sink and Libertarian Anthony Mascolo will challenge the four-term Senator. 

Mascolo beat his Libertarian challenger, Randy Crow, by 15 votes.  That might sound like a small margin, but it equates to sixteen-and-a-half percentage points.

For more perspective, 53 people voted for Mascolo.  38 voted for Crow. 

Brunswick County’s Board of Commissioners featured two candidates on the ballot for one seat – but earlier this year, challenger Tom Adams announced he would not pursue a campaign.  Election to the county board, he said, would put him in conflict with his position as Chairman of the Board of the North Carolina State Ports Authority.  Incumbent Randy Thompson will keep his seat since he faces no Democratic opponent in November.

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The race for Pender County Sheriff was, by far, one of the more crowded primary races with seven Republican candidates. Alan Cutler took the top spot – with 50% of the vote.  Randy Burton came in a distant second – with 17.6%.  Cutler now faces Democratic challenger Lawrence Fennell.

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Today is Primary Election Day.  By early afternoon, precinct officials in two separate counties reported disappointing trickles of people.

WFMT Radio Network helps keep opera front and center each Saturday afternoon on Classical HQR. Throughout the MET’s offseason, hear great performances from Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, and more, Saturdays at 1 pm on 92.7 in Wilmington and 102.3 in Myrtle Beach.

Kids Making It

 

The Building Brighter Futures Luncheon by Kids Making It (KMI) is Thursday, May 10 at 11:00am at the First Baptist Church Activities Center on Independence Blvd. The guest speaker is Kevin O'Connor from This Old House-and Charlie Silva is coming from Boston as well.

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Tuesday, May 8th is Election Day -- when voters choose which candidates from each party make it to the November ballot.  Early voting totals are low, but that is common in mid-term elections, say elections officals.    It's too early to tell where this primary's voter turnout numbers will shake out in comparison to the last two mid-terms:  2010 and 2014. 

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A logging operation in Wilmington pulled their permit request for using methyl bromide as a fumigant in late March. Now a transportation company in Delco, Columbus County, is asking for a Title Five permit to emit up to 140 tons of methyl bromide. A public hearing last week in Delco allowed residents to express their views to North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality.

Brunswick County Republican Party

Jerry Benton is seeking a seat on the Brunswick County Board of Education.  It’s his second run at elected office; two years ago, he challenged then-Representative Susi Hamilton for her state House seat.  However, this disabled veteran says the galvanizing issue for him remains the same:  education.

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It was 2013 that Dr. William Johnstone came to work as a Professor in the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. It didn’t take long for him to see the devastating consequences from the opioid epidemic firsthand – although back then, the community was not yet talking about it. 

One hospital administrator tells WHQR the numbers of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome went from about 35 in 2010 to between 120 to 140 by 2016.  Officials expect those numbers to continue rising.

It's that time ... Jazz at the Mansion, monthly jazz concerts on the Bellamy Mansion Lawn. The first concert is Thursday, May 10 at 6:30pm. 

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Alligator hunting in North Carolina is now legal in North Carolina after a 44-year ban.  Last October, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission updated its Alligator Management Plan and defined a potential hunting season:  from September 1 to October 1. 

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