Local Interest
4:01 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Easley Signs Landfill Moratorium

Easely signing the landfill moratorium.

Wilmington, NC – Governor Mike Easley signed the landfill moratorium into law in a room at Cape Fear Community College overlooking Brunswick county, site of one of the state's most contentious waste disposal battles.

The proposed Hugo Neu landfill in Navassa is one of five applications statewide frozen by the law.

Easley says while some of the projects may have merit, the state needs more time to develop a coherent policy on proposed landfills.

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Local Interest
1:40 am
Thu August 10, 2006

ILM Tightens Its Security

Wilmington, NC – Passengers flying out of Wilmington International Airport should expect heightened security due to an alleged terrorist plot in London to blow up U.S.-bound planes.


Although Wilmington is not a national hub, airport director Jon Rosborough says increased security precautions are underway at ILM.


He says cars are prohibited from lingering at the curb for pick-ups and drop offs, and beefed up security inside the airport may slow down the boarding process.

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Thursday Commentary
12:59 pm
Wed August 9, 2006

Building for Global Warming

Commentator Charles Boney looks at changes in the future of architecture.

Wilmington, NC – Charles Boney and his family are happy to live in the historic district of downtown Wilmington.

 

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Local Interest
11:54 am
Wed August 9, 2006

UNCW Launches Science Program for Teachers

Wilmington, NC – The University of North Carolina, Wilmington launched a new program delivering graduate science courses for middle and high school science teachers.


It's the first program in the state focused on giving science teachers a boost in knowledge.

The courses are open to current teachers, professionals from the science field moving into teaching jobs, and graduate students working toward a teaching degree.

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Local Interest
12:33 am
Wed August 9, 2006

Riding Along With the Water Patrol

Recreational boaters on the Intracoastal.

ICW, New Hanover County – The radio on detective Morrissette's console blares out the normal chaos of law enforcement - attempted break-ins, car crashes, and fights. But those troubles are a world away from the sparking waves of Mott's Channel off Wrightsville beach. Where Morrissette's attention is currently on a pair of dolphins cresting in the shallows.

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Local Interest
12:17 am
Wed August 9, 2006

Storms Rock Region

Wilmington, NC – An intense thunderstorm roared through southeastern North Carolina late Tuesday afternoon, leaving flooded streets, power outages, and fallen trees in its path.


Wind gusts reached 49 mph, and more than two inches of rain pelted rush hour traffic as the quick, hard-hitting system rolled through Wilmington.


Progress Energy says 6,700 homes were without power, but crews had most of the lights back on within 45 minutes.

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Local Interest
11:30 am
Tue August 8, 2006

No Homeless Shelter for Southport

Historic garrison house at Fort Johnston

Wilmington, NC – The Department of Health and Human Services has refused an application to turn Southport's Fort Johnston into a homeless shelter.

The decision released Monday blocks Fellowship Deliverance Ministries of Georgia from taking over the waterfront property.

An HHS spokesperson says it declined the application because the group failed to explain how it would staff the shelter, provide services and manage the property while out of state.

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Thursday Commentary
10:45 am
Mon August 7, 2006

Gardens Growing on the Dark Side

Vacations are wonderful, but as commentator Barbara Sullivan discovers they also give your garden time to grow over to the dark side.

Wilmington, NC – Barbara Sullivan lives and gardens in historic downtown Wilmington.

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Thursday Commentary
10:42 am
Fri August 4, 2006

The Corner Hangout

What ever happened to the corner hangout, wonders commentator Nan Graham.

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham's book In A Magnolia Minute, a collection of WHQR commentaries on life in the south is available at bookstores.

 

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Local Interest
12:09 am
Fri August 4, 2006

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge Fix

Wilmington, NC – Work will soon begin to replace the control system on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

The state has now awarded a $5.4 million dollar contract on work that will begin later this month, and wrap up 18 months from now.

The control system lifts the bridge for river traffic.

Lannie Wilson of the North Carolina Board of Transportation says this is the first electrical upgrade for the 37-year-old lift span bridge.

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