Wednesday, January 14 at Noon
2:11 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

On the Next CoastLine: Skip Watkins and Rob Zapple

Skip Watkins, Rob Zapple

New Hanover County has a fully-functioning board of commissioners for the first time in four years. Major decisions that stalled due to deadlocked votes could be re-visited…

On the next CoastLine meet New Hanover County’s two newest commissioners sworn in last month, Skip Watkins and Rob Zapple. We’ll find out what issues are on their minds and what perspectives they bring...

Ask a question of your new county commissioners by emailing coastline@whqr.org and listen for CoastLine live, this Wednesday at noon on HQR News at 91.3 FM.

4:55 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

NC Reps. Hamilton and Davis Circumspect on Economic & Film Incentive Traction in Raleigh

North Carolina House of Representatives

As North Carolina legislators gear up for a new session, Governor Pat McCrory says economic incentives are his Number One priority.   

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4:31 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

CoastLine: Legislative Look-Ahead with Reps. Ted Davis and Susi Hamilton

North Carolina lawmakers head back to Raleigh January 14th to elect House and Senate leaders. 

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3:07 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

With Cold Blast on the Way, Take Precautions to Avoid Frozen Water Pipes

Dripping water faucet

With the impending blast of cold weather on tap later this week, officials with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority are advising water customers to take precautions to avoid frozen or bursting water pipes.

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10:32 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

NHC Commissioners Consider Approving $40-plus million for CFCC's Planned Tech Building

CFCC's Plan for new Advanced and Emerging Technologies Building
Cape Fear Community College

Does this region need a new facility on the Cape Fear Community College campus – built courtesy of New Hanover County taxpayers? 

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6:33 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

In the Lab with Next Glass: a Lesson on the Science of Taste

Beer waiting to be analyzed in the Next Glass lab at UNCW's CREST Research Park

Next Glass, often unofficially described as the Pandora of wine and beer, is an app for smart phones that purports to tell users – with a high degree of scientific certainty -- how much they’ll enjoy a particular bottle. 

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2:57 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

CoastLine: Feed at the Holiday Trough!

When it's time to prepare for the holiday season, one of the richest and most inspiring elements can be holiday food.

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5:30 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

City Searches To Lessen Costs, Find Funding for Independence Blvd Extension

CSX Logo

The extension of Independence Boulevard has been a high priority project since the 1960s.  But finding a way to gather funding—while also keeping it in line with federal guidelines, making sure it fits within the Wilmington community, and working around the CSX rail lines—has been a roadblock to the project.  

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1:49 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Governor's New Transportation Plan Lacks Rail Improvements for Southeastern NC

train tracks
Wikipedia Commons: Per Erik Strandberg

Governor Pat McCrory recently unveiled his new transportation plan.  As it stands, southeastern North Carolina is not slated to receive funding for rail improvements.  

With the wood pellet industry and Vertex Rail coming to Wilmington, train traffic will increase substantially over the next few years. Yet the state is currently not providing funding to help ease the strain of such a rise in activity or address safety conflicts with vehicular traffic.

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9:44 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Local Officials Look Into Moving the CSX Rail Line Out of the City, More Direct to Port

By Josh Bluntschli Wiki Commons

Freight traffic in Wilmington will likely increase due to the new Vertex Rail and wood pellet industries. And the city’s population is expected to grow by over 50% in the next 25 years.  This creates safety and traffic issues, which the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County are attempting to address.  Instead of slowly winding through the city, officials envision a new route cutting across the Cape Fear River directly to the Port.  

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