Rachel Lewis Hilburn

News Director

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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10:08 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

New House Resolution seeks to re-assert state authority, curtail Federal Government power

Representative Mark Brody
www.ncleg.net

A recent House resolution, filed two days ago, seeks to re-affirm the authority of the tenth amendment and states’ rights.  If the measure is approved by both chambers and the Governor, the Republican-sponsored resolution would demand that the President and Congress stop whittling away at state sovereignty.

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9:31 am
Tue April 9, 2013

New Hanover County Commission votes to oust Brian Berger

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger
New Hanover County

Listen to Commissioners Wolfe and Berger here.

Listen here for the exchange between White and Berger.

Embattled New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is likely on his way out. 

Chairman Woody White called for Berger’s resignation last month after a series of actions over the last several weeks by Berger that alarmed the Board – including the public accosting of Governor Pat McCrory during a ceremony at Cape Fear Community College. 

The Board voted last night to censure Berger and to file an amotion.  Just before the vote, Commissioner Thomas Wolfe castigated Berger for refusing to step down.

" I think the best you could do is resign.  You’ve brought shame and dishonor upon this council.  And I'm mad about it and I don't want to put up with it anymore."

Brian Berger interrupted, saying, "We're going to have to disagree on that, and..."

Thomas Wolfe fired back.

"Well, of course we are.  You can't see where you've done anything wrong.  You think you're a white knight on a shining horse.  Well, I got news for you Mr. Berger.    You're not.  You're a disgrace.  Do the community the right thing.  Stand up like a man and resign."

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Local
8:50 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

New bill could affect the way state residents cast their votes

The last two weeks in Raleigh have yielded several new bills that would change the way state residents cast their votes.  One recent addition, filed in the state Senate last Thursday, would likely reduce the number of college students who vote.

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Local
4:58 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Bill to exempt Monkey Junction from 6 months of Wilmington property tax passes General Assembly

http://www.ncleg.net

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A bill that exempts Monkey Junction residents from paying Wilmington property taxes has passed the North Carolina Senate and House.  The bill is currently in the hands of Governor Pat McCrory to be signed into law.

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Local
4:50 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Annual Hazardous Waste collection for New Hanover County set for Friday at ILM

Old TVs, computers, and other electronics can be disposed of Saturday, March 30th at NHC's annual hazardous waste collection.
By Rob from Washington, DC, USA [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/]

New Hanover County residents should start cleaning out the garage! 

Friday, March 29 is Hazardous Waste Collection Day.  It’s slated for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wilmington International Airport in front of the Customs Building (1987 Hall Drive, Wilmington).  This is a rain-or-shine event for New Hanover County residents only.
 
Examples of acceptable hazardous waste include: Car batteries, electronics – such as TVs and computers, motor oil, anti-freeze, household cleaners, and pesticides. Business waste and paint are prohibited.
 

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Local
9:47 am
Mon March 25, 2013

New bill may open debate about state tax reform

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Getting a handle on where the state tax reform discussion is heading has been a particular challenge during the first quarter of 2013.  Whether income taxes -– personal and corporate -- will be completely swept away and North Carolinians will find themselves paying more for goods and services is still a wide-open question.  A new, bi-partisan piece of legislation, however, might force the debate into a broader public forum.

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Local
5:21 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

New Hanover County Commission Chair calls for Brian Berger's resignation

At a news conference Friday afternoon, New Hanover County Commission Chair Woody White called for Brian Berger’s resignation.  The call came after a series of recent incidents that have heightened concerns about the safety of county staffers and what some are calling Berger’s deteriorating mental condition. 

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Local
9:14 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Carolinas to see above-normal temps this spring

Listen to the story here.

As National Flood Safety Week draws to a close, the predictions for spring are here. 

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Local
5:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

FOCUS seeks to tackle future of tri-county region

Listen to the story here.

The group’s name is FOCUS.  It may be short and easy-to-remember, but it encompasses a huge mission for the future of the Cape Fear Region. 

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Local
6:14 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Business Brief: Deregulation of Wall Street allowed Madoff to thrive

Wall Street and Broadway
By Fletcher6 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)]

Listen to the story here.

In this edition of the Business Brief, New York Times financial reporter Diana Henriques, who wrote The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, tells WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn why current investor protections are woefully inadequate, and how she finds calls for further deregulation of the industry baffling.

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