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4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

National Weather Service Warns that Major Impacts of Storm Will Become Apparent Tuesday Night

Sleet Covers Cars on N. Front Street after 5 PM Tuesday, Jan. 28th in downtown Wilmington
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

The timeline for the current winter storm has shifted slightly.  As one meteorologist at the National Weather Service tells WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn, the warnings are still valid and experts say this is an extremely rare – and serious – storm.

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Local - January 28
1:43 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Governor McCrory Tours Wilmington Port

After operating a six-story crane, the governor addressed a small crowd of public officials and media members.

Wilmington Ports Authority officials are working to boost storage capacity for niche products such as local produce, pork and wood pellets. Yesterday, Governor McCrory toured the port and announced he’ll work to make it competitive with neighboring port cities Savannah, Charleston and Norfolk. McCrory also announced plans to improve education.

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Local
2:32 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Winter Storm on the Way; NWS Warns Residents to Prepare For Power Outages, Hazardous Road Conditions

Driving on slippery roads is unpredictable. Try to avoid travel when roads are snowy or icy, and if you must get out, be extra cautious.

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Most people have heard about the serious winter storm making its way to the Cape Fear region.  But what many people may not know: 

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Local
7:27 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Public Meeting on Flemington Water Project Set for Feb. 4th

Duke Energy Progress Sutton Plant
Google Maps

A new water line connecting homes and businesses in the Flemington Community to the area’s main water supply is now in the works. 

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Local
3:59 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

GE Hitachi To Pay $2.7 Million To Settle Allegations of False Claims Regarding ESBWR Reactor Design

Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor (ESBWR)
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy will pay $2.7 million to resolve allegations it made false claims about one of its nuclear reactor designs.  

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Local - January 23
5:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Treefest 2014 Touches Down at Independence Mall

Tomorrow and Saturday, New Hanover County citizens can head to Wilmington’s Independence Mall to pick up seedlings to plant for spring. The event, TreeFest, began as a 1997 initiative to help reforest the area following Hurricanes Bertha and Fran. Today, it serves to help build upon the county’s leafy green canopy, and promote local biodiversity.  

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Local - January 22
4:30 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce to Back New Summer Program Aimed to Prevent Youth Violence

D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy

Violent crime hurts Wilmington’s kids—as well as its businesses. This is according to the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. And it’s why they’ve teamed up with the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence to implement a new program designed to keep kids off the streets during the summer—a time when young people are statistically likely to slip academically, and to get into trouble. The Chamber is now asking its members to chip in $75,000 dollars to help kick off a 60-student pilot program.

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Local
5:05 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Conservation Boundary in Brunswick County Expands by 10 Square Miles

Fence Cove Pond, Orton Plantation
Coastal Land Trust

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More than 10 square miles of natural wildlife habitat in Brunswick County are now protected from development. 

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Local - January 21
10:32 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Southport Woman Wins 2014 Walter Welsh Award on MLK Day

Reverend Walter Welsh moved to Southport from New Jersey in 1978. He passed away in 2006.

Southport’s annual two-day celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. can be credited to founder Walter Welsh. An Episcopal reverend and civil rights activist, Welsh in 1978 became the only white member of the Southport NAACP chapter, and launched a series of interracial study circles. Welsh died in 2006, but Southport’s MLK Celebration Committee carries his legacy forth via the Walter Welsh Award.  Yesterday, that torch was passed to Southport’s Musette Steck.

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Local - January 20
9:58 am
Mon January 20, 2014

New Hanover County to Come Up with SUP Draft Revision in February

The New Hanover County planning department has a month to revise the most recent draft of the special use permit--or SUP--which is what new industrial companies need to operate. Last week’s presentation of the SUP to the planning board sparked controversy among local environmental advocates, pro-business groups and members of the public--many of whom claimed they didn’t have adequate time to consider the new draft.

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