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 c0-produced Stories, Wine, and Cheese - a series of local, live storytelling events which aired on WHQR.  

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center

The President and CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center is stepping down.  Jack Barto, who is heading into retirement, will work with his successor, John Gizdic, during a transition period, according to a press release from NHRMC.  Gizdic is the hospital's current Chief Operating Officer. 

Associated Press

The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was signed into law in 2010.   But it wasn’t until October of 2013 that the health care exchange went live.  Widespread problems accompanied the rollout – including website errors, impossibly long delays, and misquoted prices.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned her post six months later. 

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There is a growing movement around the country among municipalities to regulate short-term rentals.   And by that, we’re often talking about a single-family home frequently rented through a website such as Airbnb or VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) for a few days at a time. 

Primary Election Highlights: North Carolina

Mar 16, 2016

Race: North Carolina Governor

North Carolina’s Republican Governor Pat McCrory has won his primary and will face Democratic Challenger Roy Cooper – the outgoing state Attorney General.  

Race: North Carolina House of Representatives

North Carolina House District 17 in Brunswick County will see its incumbent, Republican Frank Iler, face Democratic Challenger Charles Warren in November.  Iler beat his Republican rival Marion Davis by more than 30%.

Brunswick County 

In Brunswick County, there are two Commission districts with primary races.  Jim Medlin went head-to-head with incumbent Pat Sykes on the Republican side.  He lost to Sykes by 13 percentage points.  In Brunswick County’s District 4 on the Democratic side, Brenda Faye McMillian swept to victory – and the general election -- beating Timbo Evans by 43%. 

Voters across North Carolina approved the Connect NC Bond by more than a 30% margin. 

In southeastern North Carolina, however, the margins were narrower.  In New Hanover County, the bond passed by nearly 11%.  Brunswick County voters approved it by 13%, and Pender County voters approved by not quite 10%.

There are three open seats on New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners.  The top three Republican candidates will now battle it out with Democrats Jonathan Barfield, Julia Boseman and Nelson Beaulieu in the general election.
 

Incumbent Woody White came in first – with more than 24% of the vote among seven candidates.  Beth Dawson, also running for reelection and the current Board Chair, fell to fourth place which means she won’t be on the ballot in November.  Patricia Kusek and Derrick Hickey took the second and third spots, respectively. 

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Presidential election years bring out the voters, and with Tuesday’s sunshine and warm temps, the 2016 primary is no exception.  Whether it was the nice day, political fervor, or a combination of factors, precincts in Brunswick County and downtown Wilmington were buzzing with activity.

Titan Cement has scrapped its plans to build a new cement manufacturing facility in northern New Hanover County. 

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Early Voting is underway in North Carolina.  The primary is less than a week away on March 15th.   On this edition of CoastLine, we break down the issues, the candidates, the fireworks, and the head-scratchers -- all the way from the presidential race and how it’s playing out locally to county-level politics. 

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