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North Carolina’s state legislature passed HB2 earlier this year, otherwise known as the “Bathroom Bill”, and unwittingly launched a broader, national conversation about how public policy impacts minorities – specifically people who are transgender. Performers canceled concerts, companies shelved plans to move to or expand in North Carolina, and revenue from tourism dropped. There are several components of this law generating debate, but the part that has triggered the most outrage requires...

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Earlier this month, President Obama ordered public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. A local therapist is advising schools in other ways they can accommodate transgender and gender nonconforming students. Abigail Garner is a clinical social worker with Delta Behavioral Health. She works in private practice as a therapist where she sees predominantly transgender adolescents. She’s worked with the area’s two early colleges to ensure...

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Syria’s civil war erupted five years ago in the summer of 2011. According to Al Jazeera, it is the deadliest conflict of the 21 st century thus far. To put that into perspective, the United Nations estimated the death toll to be a quarter of a million people as of last August. But that’s a fraction of the people who have fled the violence in Syria. The BBC puts the number of displaced people at 11 million. And all sides in this conflict have engaged in war crimes -- torture, rape, kidnapping…...

We’ve spent week after head-scratching week following outrageous developments – often in the form of Tweets -- from Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump. We’ve witnessed the convention-shattering roller coaster of the Hillary Clinton / Bernie Sanders contest. And, as North Carolinians, we’ve enjoyed the national spotlight for several months thanks to the recent passage of HB2… Today, we’re getting professional help. In the form of laughter. Guests: Clifton Cash is a native...

Judicial Primary Election To Be Held This Tuesday

Jun 3, 2016
New Hanover County Board of Elections

North Carolina’s judicial primaries will be held on Tuesday, June 7th. All of New Hanover County’s 43 polling places will be open to voters from 6:30AM to 7:30PM. Four candidates are vying for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court this Tuesday. Incumbent Justice Robert H. Edmunds, Jr. is running to remain in his post. Originally, Justice Edmunds would have faced only a yes-no vote, without any challengers. But New Hanover County Board of Elections Director Derek Bowens says that...

Photo: Rachel Lewis Hilburn; gardenia: Jeff Hunter

If we had an in-studio camera on this episode, you would have seen two people wearing headphones, a series of microphone set-ups, and sitting on top of a small, round table covered with a layer of green felt, you would notice a mason jar filled with a cutting from a Gardenia bush. If you looked more closely at the jar, you would have observed tiny insects covering the petals of the white Gardenia blossom. On this edition of CoastLine , we find out from plant and garden expert Tom Ericson what...

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On this edition of CoastLine, we shine a light on a criminal enterprise that has overtaken illegal gun trafficking as the second-most prolific crime around the globe for making money. Human trafficking, which can include sex trafficking, is on the rise around the world and here in southeastern North Carolina. One of the more prevalent myths around prostitution is that a woman or man, boy or girl, selling sex is willingly – even eagerly – violating the law. But a new understanding of the...

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Broilers, fryers, roasters, turkey, chicken – and eggs – those are the products of the poultry industry in North Carolina. The Poultry Federation claims that it contributes more than $34 billion to North Carolina’s economy. Statistics from the North Carolina Poultry Jubilee are a bit more moderate: they claim an economic impact to the state of $12.8 billion. They don’t disagree so much, however, on the number of jobs this business creates: between 109,000 and 110,000 people make their living...

To fuel North Carolina’s pork industry, the state is host to more than 9 million pigs. Turns out, that hog waste is a fuel of its own, and it’s becoming a bigger part of North Carolina’s energy portfolio. Duke Energy announced its second swine waste-to-power project in North Carolina earlier today.

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