Katie O'Reilly

Local - January 1
5:48 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Surge of Local Companies Fostering Healthier Workplaces in 2014

Wilmington's Gary Shell Cross-City Trail

It’s time to renew those resolutions to eat wisely and move more. Since 2007, five local companies have been helping their employees realize these goals—with help from the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Workplace Program. These worksites receive resources and guidance from the Association to help create a culture of wellness. And 2014 is looking to be an especially healthy year—WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that four additional local employers are jumping on the Fit-Friendly bandwagon.

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Local - December 31
5:50 am
Tue December 31, 2013

State Tax on Entertainment and Nonprofit Events Goes Into Effect

Programming at downtown Wilmington's Thalian Hall will be subject to the new privilege tax.
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

Today is the last chance to pay the usual admission to movies, museums and cultural events. Effective New Year’s Day, the State General Assembly is imposing a 4.75% privilege tax on admission to such entertainment—which includes a host of nonprofit events.

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Local - December 16
12:36 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Wilmington Housing Authority Seeks Social Equity-Minded Partners

The CHOICE Neighborhoods Grant is awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

If the Wilmington Housing Authority is to receive a thirty-million-dollar federal CHOICE Neighborhoods Grant to revitalize Hillcrest, they’ll be charged with infrastructure and education improvements to improve not only the housing development--but the surrounding city. To make this happen, they’ll need help from a wide range of community partners. As WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports, the Housing Authority is hoping to secure these partnerships by appealing to investors’ sense of social equity.

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Local - December 12
4:24 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

One Year After the Fact, Man Pleads Guilty to Downtown Wilmington Murder

Former Creekwood resident Quintel Grady received a sentence of life in prison without parole on counts of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery. He pleaded guilty.

Exactly one year ago, Cape Fear Community College student Joshua Proutey was robbed and fatally shot outside Wilmington’s community arts center. Today, the local man who pulled the trigger was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in a prison cell. Because today’s prosecution transpired from a citizen tip, WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that local law enforcement is working to reverse the stigma of “snitching” in criminal cases.

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Local - December 12
5:55 am
Thu December 12, 2013

WHA Hoping to Build New Low-Income Senior Facility

Wilmington's Robert R. Taylor Senior Development
Wilmington Housing Authority

It’s a busy time of year for most, but especially for the Wilmington Housing Authority. Not only is the Authority gearing up to apply for a massive federal grant to revitalize areas of the city surrounding the Hillcrest community, but it’s also angling for competitive state tax credits to enable new construction. These credits, reports WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly, would provide housing for a burgeoning low-income demographic: senior citizens.

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Local December 11
5:59 am
Wed December 11, 2013

DC Virgo Welcomes Resident Artist

Poet Glenis Redmond

Thanks to a grant secured by UNCW’s Office of Cultural Arts, DC Virgo Middle School has become a hotbed of original poetry. Throughout this week, the sixth- and seventh-graders are work-shopping personal poems under the guidance of a teaching artist from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that New Hanover County Schools are one of only two districts in the state to enjoy such opportunities through the Kennedy Center.  

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Local - December 6
12:57 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Affordable Care Act Info Sessions Sweep Across the Region

Health insurance can be tricky to navigate, what with the difficulty many experience enrolling in care, and North Carolina’s decision not to expand Medicaid in 2014.  And that’s why the Southeast Area Health Education Center, or SEAHEC, and the New Hanover County Health Department are holding free information sessions on the Affordable Care Act—also known as “Obamacare.” WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that until the March 31 deadline to enroll passes, these educators will be hosting these sessions around the region.

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Local - December 5
4:25 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Wilmington Housing Authority Seeking Community Help to Win Huge HUD Grant

Wilmington's Hillcrest Community is a medium-sized public development. WHA

For the first time ever, the Wilmington Housing Authority is applying for a competitive, thirty-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD—and they want to make it a community affair. Today the Housing Authority gathered city and county leaders at the Hillcrest development to strategize on winning a Choice Neighborhood Grant. It’s part of an effort, as WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports, to transform housing projects into areas indistinguishable from the surrounding city.

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Local - December 3
4:10 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

New Study Claims Coal Ash Waste is Deforming Sutton Lake's Fish

The report compared mutated and healthy fish. This top fish, evidencing pugnose deformity, is from Sutton Lake.
The Southern Environmental Law Center

The controversy surrounding the ongoing impact of coal ash pollution from Wilmington’s Sutton Energy Plant is intensifying.  A biologist commissioned by the Southern Environmental Law Center released a report today claiming that coal ash waste is elevating levels of selenium pollution in Sutton Lake. Environmental advocates say this is killing and deforming thousands of fish, and thus threatening local fishing and tourism industries.  WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports.

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Local - November 27
12:18 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Equality NC Says Schools with Anti-Gay Policies Should Not Receive Voucher Dollars

Equality NC executive director Chris Sgro assembled concerned locals to speak out against Myrtle Grove Christian School's new biblical morality policy.

Myrtle Grove Christian School’s recent move to exclude the gay community is fetching statewide attention. Last night, members of the Raleigh-based gay rights group Equality NC gathered local educators, clergy and public figures together in Wilmington to speak out against the school’s new biblical morality policy, which prohibits students from families that support or participate in a gay lifestyle. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports.

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