Local Interest
11:37 am
Thu February 15, 2007

Bill To Boost Lawmakers Pay & Terms

Wilmington, NC – State Senator David Weinstein has introduced a pair of bills extending lawmakers terms and boosting their pay.

The Robeson County democrat says the last election produced state senate races costing upwards of $300,000. And with lawmakers having to run for office every two years, he says the schedule has turned the campaign trail into a continual loop.

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Thursday Commentary
4:38 pm
Wed February 14, 2007

nan graham

Commentator Nan Graham had a special interest in this past Saturday's UNC/Wake Forest basketball game.

Our commentator Nan Graham was a North Carolina cheerleader for the magical basketball season of 1957. This past weekend's game and its halftime ceremony held special meaning for her.

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Thursday Commentary
3:58 pm
Wed February 14, 2007

mudminnow

Andy tells us about the enigmatic little mudminnow fish.

Andy Wood explains some of the mysteries surrounding the little mudminnow fish.

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Thursday Commentary
12:05 pm
Wed February 14, 2007

plant tags

gardening commentator Barbara Sullivan has some tips on how to read plan tags

Gardening commentator Barbara Sullivan has some advice on how to read an info tag to avoid buying a plant that won't survive our climate zone.

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Thursday Commentary
9:52 am
Wed February 14, 2007

architecture and global warming

Charles Boney muses about energy-saving architectural design and recommends a live webcast on 2/20.

Architect Charles Boney muses about energy-saving architecture and recommends an upcoming webcast on 2/20/o7.

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Local Interest
7:02 am
Wed February 14, 2007

Mitt Romney Campaigns in SC

Columbia, SC – The ballroom was half-empty but the crowd enthusiastic as former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney introduced himself to voters in this crucial early-primary state.

In front of party activists, state politicians, and high school students, Romney introduced two words that are a theme of his campaign: "Innovation and transformation."

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Local Interest
2:29 am
Wed February 14, 2007

New Record of Old Lumbee Graves

Roadside cemetery in Robeson County

Wilmington, NC – Author Jane Blanks Barnhill had to crawl through weeds and prod into the earth to find fallen stones in many of the small cemeteries she explored for her book, Sacred Grounds: Gone But Not Forgotten.

Barnhill says she became interested in publicizing Lumbee cemeteries after discovering her own great-great grandparents' graves in a remote plot on private land.

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Local Interest
2:13 am
Wed February 14, 2007

New Hanover Tax Notices Go Out

Wilmington, NC – Today's the day New Hanover County tax re-valuations go out to property owners across the county.

Numbers out of the county tax office show values went up 81% on average with coastal property going up even higher.

Officials report the average property value increasing 204% in Kure Beach, 190%in Carolina Beach, and 161% in Wrightsville Beach.

As the notices hit mailboxes, there's one key employee in the county tax office who isn't worrying about collecting all those taxes.

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Local Interest
10:04 am
Tue February 13, 2007

Affordable Housing Website Debuts

Wilmington, NC – Apartment searching is rarely fun. On a limited budget, it can be downright maddening.

A coalition pushing for affordable housing in New Hanover and Brunswick County wants to make the process a little easier with a new website.

The site contains apartment listings geared toward residents of modest means and includes information about whether units are priced on a sliding scale or are eligible for Section 8 vouchers.

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Local Interest
6:49 am
Mon February 12, 2007

Strickland Case Now At Attorney General's Office

18-year-old Peyton Strickland

Wilmington, NC – District Attorney Ben David has turned the Peyton Strickland shooting death case over to the state Attorney General's Office.

David says he could no longer handle the case because whatever action he took someone would see a conflict of interest.

Last December former New Hanover County deputy Christopher Long helped issue a warrant for Strickland when the teen was shot and killed inside the doorway of his Wilmington home.

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