Local
5:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Comprehensive Plan Committee Members to Meet and Rank Recommendations

New Hanover County is expected to more than double in population by 2040.
New Hanover County Government Center

New Hanover County citizens have identified their most pressing issues with local transportation, health, safety and environment—and brainstormed a range of solutions. It’s all part of the Comprehensive Plan to address the future of local land use, resources, infrastructure, and development. The plan—which depends on six themed citizen committees--launched in February. And this week, the committees will begin ranking these recommendations in order of feasibility and priority.

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Midday Interview -5/29/14
2:23 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Midday Interview: Christine Farley on the Port City Music Festival

From Left: Virginia Hardy, Jemila Ericson, Christine Farley, and Alane Savod
WHQR Staff

On Thursday, I talked with Chris Farley about the Port City Music Festival coming up June 8 – 15 at various venues around town.

Details: Portcitymusicfestival.org

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Midday Interview -5/28/14
1:21 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Midday Interview: Kemp Burdette and filmmaker Sol Weiner

Weiner (left) and Burdett @WHQR
WHQR Staff

Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette and filmmaker Sol Weiner invited us to a free screening of Swine Country: The Fight for Clean Air and Water in Duplin County, NC on 5/28/14 at UNCW’s King Hall Auditorium.  A discussion with environmental experts and activists followed the film. 

For more information, visit CapeFearRiverwatch.org

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Local
1:17 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

"Fracking" Bill Heads to Gov. McCrory's Desk for Signature

EPA

Listen to the story here.

Governor Pat McCrory now has a bill on his desk that lifts the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina. 

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Local
6:58 am
Fri May 30, 2014

House Passes Hydraulic Fracturing Bill

Update:  The Senate approved the House changes late Thursday.  Senate Bill 786 is now on Governor Pat McCrory's desk awaiting a signature. 

North Carolina is one step closer to allowing hydraulic fracturing in the state. 

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Listeners share their views
5:10 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Friday Feedback for May 30, 2014

Listener Carla wrote:

It is very easy to see that WHQR has a vendetta against Thom Goolsby - what is the beef??

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Local
5:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

North Carolina One of Seven States Where Individuals Can Possess Wild Animals

The four bears rescued from Pender County--Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo--are en route to California, where they'll live in a protected exotic animal habitat.

North Carolinians are among the few Americans still allowed to keep wild animals—including lions, tigers, bears and primates—as pets. And as one of only seven unregulated states, for-profit operations such as roadside zoos tend to flourish in North Carolina. That’s because the USDA allows individuals to charge visitors to photograph and feed baby animals up to twelve weeks old. But once they age out, such animals are often sold into the exotic animal trade.

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464 responded -- cool!
5:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Spring 2014 Survey Results

WHQR's Spring 2014 Survey is now complete. Thanks to all who responded, either online or by filling out a paper form. We received a healthy total of responses -- 464. Along with audience research, fundraising results, correspondence and general feedback of all kinds, surveys like this can help us determine how well we are meeting the needs of our audience(s).

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Inside WHQR
5:37 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Update, We're Back at Full Power!

Credit Wikimedia Commons

As of 1:00 pm, we are back on full power out at the transmitter site! Our very dedicated George Scheibner jumped in the 'HQR-mobile and drove out to the transmitter site, moved us to backup power, and got the scoop on what happened. A logging crew was removing a dead tree and the tree came down on the power line leading to our transmitter site! Not a Smooth Landing at all!

George snapped a few cell-phone pictures for us to take in the scene:

 

Update Thursday 9: 54 am:

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Local
4:08 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Fracking Bill Passes 2nd House Reading

Head of hydraulic fracturing pump
Joshua Doubek

Listen to the story here.

A bill that would allow hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina is racing through Chambers during this short session of the General Assembly. 

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