Local

Vince Winkel

On Thursday’s CoastLine, the federal government is cracking down on illegal immigration… But what is the conversation like in the Cape Fear region?  We’ll hear from a local immigration attorney – and from the ICE spokesperson for the southern region… Have recent federal polices changed the way you see immigration in the U.S?

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

On Wednesday’s CoastLine, it’s a look at the changing dynamics for recycling markets. New Hanover County’s Director of Environmental Management and a representative from Sonoco Recycling join us to explore new industry challenges… 

Katelyn Freund / WHQR

Joe Breault, Mayor Pro Tem of the Town of Belville, is moving to Florida a little more than halfway through his second term as Commissioner. 

A gunman shot and killed five newsroom employees June 28th at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.  That tragedy, at a local, community paper which has been in business for nearly 300 years – yes, that’s older than the United States – has rattled newsrooms around the country. 

Google Earth

Next Wednesday the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public hearing in Wilmington. It’s to share the final plans to clean up a hazardous waste site along Sunnyvale Drive, between Carolina Beach and River Roads. The clean-up should keep toxic chemicals out of the groundwater in the area.

Vince Winkel

On Wednesday the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s public comment period on a proposed court order against Chemours will end. That order would require the company to implement measures to eliminate or reduce air emissions and water impacts caused by GenX and related compounds from their Fayetteville facility. 

Wikimedia Commons

As of July 1st, there’s money in the North Carolina film grant program, funded yearly by the General Assembly. When the tax rebate ended in 2014, the industry left. Now, it’s returning. 

This week in North and South Carolina, Medicare recipients began receiving their replacement cards. According to the Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina, with those cards have come scam phone calls. 

Ken Blevins / Star News

If you have lived in the Cape Fear region for any length of time, you might recognize the name Harvard Jennings.   From 1989 until 2010, he hosted and produced a weekday radio talk show that tackled local, national and international issues. 

Vince Winkel

The images of children being separated from their parents at the U.S. – Mexico border have been all over the media in recent weeks. As a result, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on June 20 to stop the separations. There is a debate over immigration policy in this country.  That policy hits close to home.

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura L. Valentine

The City of Wilmington reported overall historic crime lows last year.  Crimes in Wilmington’s Central Business District, which used to have, according to Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous, a pretty bad reputation, have dropped since 2002 by about 75%.

uncwstorytelling.org

People who have disabilities, particularly physical ones, face what some social justice activists call “ableism”.  Disability Research Scholar Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock defines the term as “a cultural discourse that stigmatizes and marginalizes bodies deemed not normal through medical diagnosis”. 

Vince Winkel / WHQR Public Radio

Summer means more mosquitos in the Cape Fear region. Especially when it rains. The water creates ideal breeding conditions.  New Hanover County’s Mosquito Control Department is keeping busy.

There is more news to report on the GenX front. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has released a draft study on the class of chemicals called PFOA and PFAS. It says the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended levels for these compounds in the water is too high. 

Chief Yeoman Alphonso Braggs, US Navy

The ice sheets that blanket Antarctica and Greenland are melting faster, and that fact is a source of concern and intense study by climate researchers. 

LinkedIn

More legal support for the state’s poor. That was a point made by North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin in Wilmington on Friday. He was addressing the North Carolina Bar Association’s annual meeting. 

Wikimedia Commons

When #METOO went viral last October, no one could have predicted how many women and men would add their voices to what has become the name of a movement. 

By NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from Greenbelt, MD, USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By the year 2100, sea levels could rise three to six feet.  That’s according to a study published in the scientific journal Nature just this month.  One of the major contributors:  ice melting in Antarctica.

Vince Winkel

The City of Wilmington now has a short-term rental policy. After batting last night over specific conditions, the council passed the ordinance 4-2 with Councilman Kevin O’Grady walking out before the vote. 

Vince Winkel

It’s been a hot few days. Heat indices in the Cape Fear Region have been over a hundred degrees most of the week.  Summer doesn't officially begin until Thursday.  People still tend to underestimate the effects heat can have on a person.

Vince Winkel / WHQR Public Radio

Tuesday night the Wilmington City Council will hold a public hearing on short-term rental regulations. For more than two years, city staff and stakeholders have debated and studied the issue.  

Tumisu / Pixabay

Blockchain. It’s the platform that Bitcoin runs on. So what’s the basic premise? It’s a decentralized ledger system that keeps track of data points or “blocks” in real time.  Advocates for the emerging platform say it allows for personal transactional control over information shared on the blockchain.

Vince Winkel / WHQR Public Radio

This week the North Carolina Economic Development Association held its annual conference in Wrightsville Beach. It brought those in the state and international economic development community together for a series of workshops. Here in the Cape Fear region, economic development is a high priority -- especially with the 421 Corridor now ripe for new development. The various groups involved here are not always on the same page.

New Hanover County Department of Environmental Management

Food waste and other organic material accounts for more than half of New Hanover County’s landfill stream.  That’s why a new food waste collection program starts July 1st.

More than half of all waste that heads to the landfill in New Hanover County is food waste or some other compostable material.  Local environmental management officials estimate the real number is between 65 and 70%. 

Vince Winkel

Chemours, the company responsible for the unregulated, possibly dangerous, chemical compounds in this region’s water supply, held a town hall meeting for the first time.  Tuesday night in St. Pauls, near the company’s Fayetteville facility, concerned citizens gathered to hear about plans for how the chemical giant plans to clean up its operation.  

Surfrider Foundation, Cape Fear Chapter

We are now into year two of the public’s awareness of GenX and other compounds in the Cape Fear region’s water supply. Health studies are currently underway to study the impact these chemicals might have on humans. Meanwhile experts are piecing together other available data to better understand the threats. 

Vince Winkel

New Jersey decided late last year on a regulatory first:  to establish stringent standards for two types of perfluorochemicals in their environment.  According to a November press release, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection is the first to set maximum contaminant levels for perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, and perfluorononanoic acid, or PFNA.  GenX is one of more than a dozen similar compounds found in the Cape Fear River, the source of drinking water for hundreds of thousands of southeastern North Carolina residents. 

Should teachers carry weapons onto school grounds?  That’s a question one recent North Carolina poll attempted to answer.  And a bill that would allow teachers to have firearms in the classroom is now in the Rules Committee of the North Carolina General Assembly.   Republican Representative Larry Pittman of Cabarrus County filed the School Self-Defense Act last month. 

RedforEdNC

Teachers held walkouts this year in at least six states:  West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina. The reason often cited in news headlines is salary.  But take a deeper dive, and you hear concerns about pension funds, funding for K-12 curriculum, and intangibles – like the lack of respect for the profession.

Pages