Local Interest
9:52 am
Tue July 25, 2006

West Nile Cases in Eastern N.C.

Wilmington, NC – State Health Officials are urging residents in eastern North Carolina to use insect repellent after diagnosing cases of West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis in some chickens and a horse.


The chickens diagnosed with West Nile were in Craven and Beaufort counties.


The Eastern Equine Encephalitis cases were diagnosed in Columbus and Carteret counties.

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Local Interest
2:55 am
Tue July 25, 2006

West Nile Found in Eastern Carolina Chickens

Wilmington, NC – State public health officials have found West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis in some chickens and a horse in eastern North Carolina.


The horse was diagnosed with Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Columbus County along with a chicken in Carteret County.


The chickens infected with West Nile were diagnosed in Craven and Beaufort counties.


State entomologists say residents should protect themselves during this prime mosquito season.

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Local Interest
2:52 am
Tue July 25, 2006

Habitat Building for New Orleans

Wilmington, NC – Dozens of volunteers converged onto a Wilmington parking lot to build a home for New Orleans' Musicians Village.


The projected called Home in a Box calls on volunteers to frame out a house in one day and put it into a big rig truck that will ship it to its destination.


The house built in Wilmington is headed to New Orleans' upper 9th Ward.

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Local Interest
2:48 am
Tue July 25, 2006

Copper Stolen off Greenfield Lake Buildings

Wilmington, NC – Police are still looking for suspects in a copper theft that took place last week at Greenfield Lake Park.


Wilmington's Parks and Landscape Superintendent Nina Johnston says Greenfield Park closes at eleven o'clock each night, so the copper was probably lifted after that hour.


She says security measures will be increased in coming years.

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Monday Commentary
2:01 pm
Mon July 24, 2006

A Life in Magic

Roger Jones helping a customer in his Gotcha Magic Shop

Birmingham, Alabama, may be the Magic City, but one wandering magician has found a home in Port City. WHQR's Megan Williams visited the region's only magic shop to learn some tricks of the trade...

Wilmington, NC – Roger Jones is the owner of Gotcha Magic Shop in Wilmington's Cotton Exchange and performs at the Fox and Hound Restaurant every other Wednesday.

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Local
4:39 pm
Sun July 23, 2006

Film and Music Communities Remember Eddie Blakely

Blakely at last year's Cucalorus Film Festival
www.cucalorus.com

Members of Wilmington's film and music communities gathered over the weekend to mourn the passing of Edgar "Eddie" Blakely III. WHQR's Megan Williams attended the memorial service and has more...

Blakely?s eulogy was punctuated several times by laughter, as friends shared stories, played music, and remembered a man described as a "centrifugal force" in the film community.

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Local Interest
12:12 am
Sun July 23, 2006

Film and Music Communities Remember Eddie Blakely

Blakely at last year's Cucalorus Film Festival
www.cucalorus.com

Wilmington, NC – Blakely's eulogy was punctuated several times by laughter, as friends shared stories, played music, and remembered a man described as a "centrifugal force" in the film community.

More than 200 mourners attended Sunday's memorial service at Screen Gems Studios, which followed a fundraiser at the Bella Festa nightclub the night before. Among his many hats, Blakely did booking and promotion for the Bella Festa and worked with the Cucalorus film festival.

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Local Interest
5:08 am
Thu July 20, 2006

Judge Strikes Down Cohabitation Ban

Pender County Sheriff's office where plaintiff Debora Hobbs worked.

Burgaw, NC – Judge Benjamin Alford's ruling strikes down a 201-year-old ban on cohabitation in the state. Lawyers for both sides are expected to officially sign the ruling in the next few days.

North Carolina's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union brought the lawsuit on behalf of a former Pender county emergency dispatcher, Debora Hobbs, who quit her job in 2004 after sheriff Carson Smith demanded she either marry her boyfriend or stop living with him.

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Thursday Commentary
11:56 am
Wed July 19, 2006

No Substitutes, Please

Like Pepsi? R.C. Cola? Coke? Loyal to the Cheer Wine? We all have our brand loyalties, says commentator Nan Graham.

Wilmington, NC – Check out Nan's website at www.nangraham.com

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Local Interest
9:49 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Congressman McIntyre Pushes for Poverty Authority

Wilmington, NC – Congressman Mike McIntyre says he hopes legislation to help alleviate poverty in southern states will hit the House floor this fall.

The measure creates the Southeast Crescent Authority that helps boost economic development in the poorest southeastern states and their most distressed counties.

McIntyre says SECA is modeled after the Appalachian Regional Commission. And says the measure is gaining attention and momentum on Capitol Hill.

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