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4:45 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Slow Hurricane Season Expected, But Experts Warn Coastal Residents to Stay Prepared

2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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.

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Local
4:31 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

USDA Cites Tregembo Animal Park With Animal Welfare Act Violations

Photo of Tregembo Bear, Taken by PETA
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

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: 

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Local
5:18 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Cultural Competence is Core Value for UNCW's Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Kent Guion, UNCW's first Chief Diversity Officer

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has hired its first Chief Diversity Officer. 

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Local
3:10 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

CoastLine: Diversity at UNCW, CFCC, and in the Broader Community

(Left) Dr. Kent Guion, UNCW Chief Diversity Officer; (Right) Travis Corpening, Director of Nixon Male Minority Leaders, CFCC

By the year 2060, the United States will have no clear racial majority. 

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Wednesday, June 3rd at Noon
12:59 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

On the Next CoastLine: Cokie Roberts, NPR News Analyst and Author, Comes to Wilmington

ABC

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 coastline@whqr.org. Listen for CoastLine Wednesday at 12:06 on HQR News 91 3 FM. Follow us on Twitter at coastlinehqr.

Local
1:24 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Wilmington Speeds Up Processing Of Homes In Violation of Minimum Housing Code

From the Wilmington City Council's agenda for May 19, 2015
City of Wilmington

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.

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Local
2:09 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

CoastLine: Spring Planting along the Southeastern Coast

Vitex agnus-castus, Lamiaceae, Vitex, Chaste Tree, Chasteberry, Monk's Pepper, flowers.
H. Bell

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 1, 2015. 

Will lilacs or peonies grow in the Cape Fear region?  Is Pampas Grass a good landscaping idea?  

Spring is here as we observe greenish-yellow pollen on cars, roadways, and around the edges of local retention ponds. 

April 1st is also the first official day of Ozone Season.  That's when state and local governments begin daily air quality forecasts in metropolitan areas across North Carolina.

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Local
4:44 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Aging Out of Foster Care Brings High Risk of Homelessness; HB 424 Seeks to Raise Emancipation Age

Aging out of the foster care system instead of finding a permanent home dramatically increases risk of homelessness in the first year of emancipation.
www.ifsnj.org

Children raised in households with intact families often have the luxury of growing into independence. 

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Local
4:26 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

CoastLine: Foster Care in New Hanover County

This broadcast of CoastLine 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. 

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Local
5:43 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

ACLU-NC Releases New Smartphone App To Document Police Interactions

Mobile Justice App
American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina

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: 

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