Katie O'Reilly

Local - September 10
4:04 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Even in the Case of Mental Illness, Americans with Disabilities Act Likely Protects Berger

Commissioner Brian Berger
NHCo. Sheriff's Office

Throughout recent legal battles concerning New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger’s fitness for public office, mental health has been a central topic. At a news conference last week, Commission Chairman Woody White said the commission had heard nothing from Berger regarding whether he needed or had received mental health counseling. White cited Berger’s incoherent emails, conspiracy fixations and erratic behavior as grave concerns that responsible leaders could not ignore.

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Local - September 4
1:23 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

New Hanover County Tightens School Volunteer Policies

United States Army

Those hoping to volunteer with New Hanover County public schools may soon be required to get a background check—at his or her own expense. On Tuesday, the Board of Education approved two new changes to its volunteer policy.

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Local - August 26
12:59 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

NAACP to Host Rally in Wilmington

The 1963 March on Washington
U.S. Library of Congress

Wednesday marks the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, the famous civil rights rally where Martin Luther King Jr. called for an end to racism in the United States. The North Carolina NAACP is commemorating this watershed event through rallies held Wednesday evening in thirteen locations across the state—including outside Wilmington’s Thalian Hall.

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Local - August 23
2:26 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Housing Authority Aims to Crack Down on Crime in Public Housing

Housing Authority CEO Michael Krause says the Authority gives the Wilmington Police Department $158,000 for added services within public housing communities.
Scott Davidson

The Wilmington Housing Authority is cracking down on crime in public housing communities. At Monday's monthly board meeting, a UNCW graduate student is presenting a study on criminal activity in affordable housing. And the Authority is proposing sweeping policy changes in an effort to get public housing residents and their visitors off the streets late at night.

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Local - August 22
4:14 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Wilmington Housing Authority Secures Funding for Homeless Veterans

The U.S. Army

Some of Wilmington’s homeless veterans are about to get some good news. Yesterday, the Wilmington Housing Authority was awarded a $94,000 grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development--or HUD--which translates to fifteen housing vouchers for area veterans. Wilmington was one of only three cities in the state to receive this allocation.

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Local - August 19
11:56 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Voter ID Bill Could Mean More Restrictions in Local Elections

The road to the ballot box is changing in North Carolina.
Smithsonian Institute

Editor's Note:  This article was corrected to reflect the Supreme Court's action regarding the Voting Rights Act. 

The newly passed Voter ID Bill stands to change the nature of Election Days across the state. Strict voter ID requirements, prohibition of provisional ballots, the elimination of same-day registration and a shortened early voting period mean North Carolinians will have to be more vigilant about the rules to cast their ballots. And that's not necessarily all--we could see changes at the local level, too.

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Local - August 16
9:47 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Civil Rights Groups Sue in Response to NC Voter ID Bill's Changes to Early Voting

Many NC citizens say they have voted early in the past to avoid long lines on Election Day.
Bellyglad

Since Governor McCrory signed the Voter ID Bill into law on Monday, three civil rights groups have filed lawsuits. They challenge new requirements for state-issued IDs, elimination of same-day registration--and an early voting period that will be shortened by seven days. Critics of the bill say the latter in particular will cut off voting opportunities for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians—particularly minorities. About 64 percent of New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender County citizens voted early in the 2012 election.

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Local - August 14
1:05 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Cape Fear Region Sees a Hike in Local Tourism

Wrightsville Beach and neighboring tourist hot-spots helped make 2012 a banner year for local visitor expenditure.

Wilmington and its nearby beach communities are enjoying record visitor spending. New Hanover County saw an eight percent increase in tourism dollars last year -- the second-biggest statewide gain after Currituck County. The Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau credits this hike to increased in-state visitors.

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Local - August 13
2:27 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Teachers Gather Downtown to Protest New Education Cuts

Many protesters carried signs bearing direct messages to Republican legislators concerning state education funding.

Editor's note:  This report was corrected to reflect the change of terminology regarding the NCAE from "union" to "association", as North Carolina does not have a teachers' union.

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Local - August 9
2:16 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Fish and Wildlife Reexamining Critical Habitat Proposal for Loggerhead Turtles

Courtesy NOAA

Carteret County’s public officials may be even more opposed to designating their beaches as critical habitat for endangered loggerhead turtles than Cape Fear-area leaders. Thursday night’s Morehead City public hearing on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed rule drew more than 100 citizens—compared to around 30 who attended Tuesday’s hearing in Charleston, and Wilmington’s 80 on Wednesday. Fish and Wildlife will now draft another version of the rule.

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