Rachel Lewis Hilburn

News Director, Host of CoastLine

Rachel Lewis Hilburn came to WHQR in the spring of 2011.  After serving as back-up host for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Classical Music for a year, she was named News Director in July of 2012. 

She moved to Wilmington in 2003 from Los Angeles, where she worked as a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley.  After joining the local ABC affiliate in Wilmington, she wrote and produced local TV newscasts, a 30-minute special program for the Cape Fear Museum showcasing its renovation and new exhibits, and independently wrote and produced a documentary on the lingering effects of the 1898 coup d'etat in Wilmington.   Before joining the staff, Rachel partnered with New York co-producer Linda Bianchi and produced Stories, Wine, and Cheese - a series of local, live storytelling events which aired on WHQR.  

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7:32 am
Mon May 13, 2013

UK Considers GE's PRISM Nuclear Reactor Design

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Nuclear energy is nothing if not controversial.  Environmentalists call out the potential for accidents and the question of what to do with the toxic waste.  But proponents of nuclear energy say a new generation of reactors – integral fast reactors – or IFRs – could solve these problems. 

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Local
5:43 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Verizon hosts e-cycle rally on Thursday to boost NHC recycling

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Even though tossing electronic waste into landfills is illegal in North Carolina, only about ten percent of residents in New Hanover County make the effort to recycle.  County officials say the level of apathy among residents is a head-scratcher. 

But Verizon is expecting broad community participation at the e-waste drive, which takes place on Thursday, May 9th at the Verizon Call Center in Wilmington.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Business Brief: NHC GOP re-elects Amoroso; Governor appoints her to State Board of Elections

Rhonda Amoroso, Board Member, NC State Board of Elections

It wasn’t until the addition of Sarah Palin to the Republican Presidential ticket in 2008 that Rhonda Amoroso’s desire to create political change in the Cape Fear region re-ignited. 

Several years later, the New Hanover County Republican Party re-elected Rhonda Amoroso to a second two-year term as Party Chair.  Then, almost immediately, Governor Pat McCrory appointed her to the State Board of Elections. 

According to state statute, Amoroso will have to step down from her County position, and the local GOP will select a new Chair. 

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Local
4:18 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Downtown Wilmington to see new hotel from national chain

225 Grace Street
Credit Wilmington Downtown Inc.

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Downtown Wilmington is about to see another new hotel go up. 

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Local
7:54 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

NHC Democratic Party has new leader with active agenda

The New Hanover County Democratic Party has a new Chairman.  Elected to the post just nine days ago, Richard Poole is a former federal prosecutor from Washington, D.C.

As a federal employee, the Hatch Act barred Poole from political activity.  So he jumped at the chance in Wilmington to volunteer as a neighborhood team leader for the Obama campaign – in both 2008 and 2012. 

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Local
4:28 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Board censures Berger, sets ouster proceeding in motion

New Hanover County

The push to remove Brian Berger from his seat on the New Hanover County Commission Board is moving forward. 

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Local
4:57 am
Fri April 19, 2013

House measure could affect future purchases and adoptions of "aggressive dog breeds"

Edwin Luciano/commons.wikimedia.org

North Carolina citizens who plan to buy or adopt what some state legislators call "aggressive" dog breeds could soon have a harder time.  

A measure filed in the House earlier this week would require background checks, certification, and special permits.

Sponsored by a Republican from Cabarrus County and a Democrat from Mecklenburg, the legislation targets Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Chows, and Presa Canarios.  The term "aggressive dog breed" also includes wolf hybrids.  

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Local
4:49 am
Fri April 19, 2013

NC’s agricultural and business sectors could see boost from “Gang of Eight’s” immigration reform

The "Gang of Eight" senators hold a news conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday to discuss their immigration overhaul bill.
Charles Dharapak Associated Press

The Gang of Eight, made up of four Republicans and four Democrats, introduced their bipartisan immigration reform plan yesterday.  The new legislation sets up several ways both seasonal and year-round workers – including undocumented immigrants – can keep their jobs in the United States. 

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Local
8:04 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Third Street near Greenfield Lake Park could close for 6-9 months for culvert replacement

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The area near Greenfield Lake where four roads converge – Carolina Beach Road, Burnett Boulevard, Third Street, and South Front – is a well-traveled passageway in and out of downtown Wilmington. 

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Local
7:26 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Business Brief: Rivenbark says Thalian Hall CPA NOT a recipient of City largesse

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As City of Wilmington officials prepare the budget for the next fiscal year, nonprofits and arts organizations are working hard to make their case for the well-documented link between economic development and the arts. 

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