The 2015 hurricane season begins Monday, June 1. And although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—or NOAA—predicts a slower season than usual, that doesn’t mean coastal residents can let down their guard.
Though estimates are low for this hurricane season, those numbers do not reflect the potential impact to the region. That’s according to Michael Colby, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The USDA has cited Wilmington’s Tregembo Animal Park, a roadside zoo near Monkey Junction, with a violation of the Animal Welfare Act. The citation came after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals—or PETA—filed a formal complaint regarding a bear with severe facial lesions. The bear is undergoing medical treatment.
Rachel Mathews of the PETA Foundation says Tregembo has a long history of Animal Welfare Act violations, and that there are many signs of neglect at the park. Mathews says the USDA is lax in its enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act:
On the next CoastLine, Cokie Roberts is coming to Wilmington. The NPR news analyst’s new book, Capital Dames, chronicles the contributions of women in Washington during the Civil War. We’ll hear about the book – and her work as a political analyst.
We’re pre-recording this show, so send your questions and comments to us now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen for CoastLine Wednesday at 12:06 on HQR News 91 3 FM. Follow us on Twitter at coastlinehqr.
At the most recent meeting, Wilmington City Council reviewed three downtown houses in violation of the minimum housing code. That's the first set of homes to come before the council since changes were made last summer to speed up the process of addressing dilapidated buildings.
This broadcast ofCoastLine originally aired on May 20, 2015.
New Hanover County is seeing a rise in the number of children in need of foster homes.
While the reasons for the increase aren’t clear, public officials are taking another look at services for kids who have been removed from their family homes because of abuse or neglect. There is also legislation on the table that would divert more funding to prevent kids coming out of foster care from heading straight into homelessness.
The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina—or ACLU— just launched a smart phone app that allows citizens to record and submit videos of police activity directly to the advocacy group. Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says the app is nothing new.
Chief Evangelous says citizens have been filming police activity for years. And the Wilmington Police Department is ramping up their filming capabilities as well. The department aims to equip all police officers with body cameras: