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5:56 am
Thu August 31, 2006

Surfers and Surf Watchers Give Ernesto Mixed Review

Closed businesses along Carolina Beach's boardwalk as Ernesto washes in.

Carolina Beach, NC – Surfers and locals pretty much had Pleasure Island to themselves Thursday as the region's beach towns waited for Ernesto's arrival. But for most of the day, the storm was a disappointment. By mid-afternoon, the beach was almost empty, a sight that surprised Carolina Beach resident Judy Burford, who was hoping to catch her first hurricane.

"I figured there'd be people out on the beach, watching the ocean like they always do, but there's nobody there."

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Thursday Commentary
3:05 pm
Wed August 30, 2006

Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

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Commentator Maurice Martinez pays tribute to all the greats who played jazz and blues in the Big Easy.

Wilmington, NC – Dr. Maurice Martinez is a professor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and a native of New Orleans.

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Local Interest
11:32 am
Wed August 30, 2006

Katrina Fails to Sink Island Real Estate Market

A fire hydrant stands as a stark reminder of Dauphin Island's massive erosion.

Dauphin Island, AL – There are property lines on the sea floor off Alabama's Dauphin Island. You can tell from the headless pilings sticking up out of surf. Last season, they supported beach homes.

John Bullard used to stay in some of those lost properties. From the shade of his beach umbrella, Bullard points to the houses currently lining the water. A decade ago, he says, those were probably three rows back.

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Local Interest
8:46 am
Wed August 30, 2006

Wilmington Helps Build Musicians Village

Musicians Village

Wilmington, NC – The idea is this: instead of trying to attract skilled labor to New Orleans, the city is outsourcing some of the rebuilding.

For our poor, flooded and damaged city it's just fantastic to have all of these generous folks in Wilmington. And I get to go back to New Orleans and say there are a bunch of folks in North Carolina who care about us.

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Local Interest
2:58 am
Wed August 30, 2006

Carolinas Prep For Ernesto

Wilmington, NC – Forecasters predict Ernesto could dump up to six inches of rain along the South Carolina, North Carolina border leaving officials in South Carolina preparing for the storm.


Ernesto is expected to make landfall late Thursday afternoon near the South Carolina, North Carolina border.


In South Carolina, the border county of Horry County, spokesperson Lisa Bourcier says emergency officials are also worried about severe flooding.

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Local Interest
12:46 am
Wed August 30, 2006

City View Project Stalls at MPO Meeting

Wilmington, NC – The builder of the City View development planned for the west bank of the Cape Fear River was put on hold after making a special request Wednesday night that would have moved the project closer to becoming a reality.

Developer John Evans made a request of the Metropolitan Planning Organization to upgrade the status of USS North Carolina Road and Battleship Road from local road to connector road status so he could build the proposed condo-retail development.

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Thursday Commentary
4:37 pm
Tue August 29, 2006

The Pets Katrina Left Behind

During the last year, Wilmington's Carolina Canines has been finding homes for some of the hurricane's four-legged victims.

Wilmington, NC – Commentator Ede Baldridge brings us stories about the people and places in southeastern North Carolina.

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Local Interest
8:01 am
Tue August 29, 2006

New Evacuation Route for Parts of Brunswick County

Wilmington, NC – Brunswick County officials say the completed stretch I- 140 will cut evacuation time for some county residents.


Brunswick County officials say the I-140 Wilmington Bypass links an improved Carolina Beach Road to Interstate 40, giving county residents a faster evacuation route.


Brunswick County Emergency Management Director Randy Thompson says sending residents through New Hanover county will work because of new regional evacuation plans.

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Local Interest
7:59 am
Tue August 29, 2006

Governor Easley Says State Ready to Communicate

Wilmington, NC – As forecasters keep an eye on Tropical Storm Ernesto,Governor Mike Easley warns residents to prepare for the hurricane season.


Easley urged families to have a plan for evacuation and communication. As for the state's emergency communication system, called VIPER, a study this year by the First Response Coalition raised concerns about VIPER's effectiveness since many municipalities have opted out of it.

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Local Interest
6:07 am
Tue August 29, 2006

Historic Preservation After the Storm

Empty lots along Biloxi's once historic waterfront.

Biloxi, MS – Behind the wheel of his SUV, Bill Raymond navigates through what's left of Biloxi's historic district, describing entire neighborhoods of old homes that have been reduced to fields of weeds under the city's remaining live oaks. Raymond is the city's Historical Administrator. Not an easy job in a town where he estimates 75% of the land-marked buildings are damaged or gone.

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