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This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on January 28, 2015. 

Three Comprehensive Plans are simultaneously taking shape in the Cape Fear region.

The tri-county region, made up of Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender County, is widely expected to undergo a steep upward trend in population over the next 25 years.  Some estimates put the number at more than a quarter of a million new residents. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on January 21, 2015. 

By this spring, Vertex Rail will begin manufacturing railroad tank cars.

Company officials will spend the next several months up-fitting the Wilmington plant, which was once an old crane production facility, for its highly-specialized operations. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on January 14, 2015. 

Seating the two newest commissioners in New Hanover County has been anything but smooth. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on January 7, 2015. 

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

Governor Pat McCrory is already naming economic incentives as his number one priority this session -- just as Mercedes-Benz announces plans to locate in Atlanta thanks to millions of dollars in incentives from Georgia.

On this edition of CoastLine, Representatives Ted Davis and Susi Hamilton of New Hanover County join us to shine a light on this year’s agenda.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on December 17, 2014.

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

For home cooks, the feelings around cooking for loved ones – and crowds at that -- can span the spectrum from excitement about creating new seasonal culinary traditions to dread over satisfying the always-finicky, less-than-adventurous in-laws. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on December 10, 2014.

The debate over film incentives in North Carolina erupted on the public stage last year when two state RepresentativesRick Catlin from New Hanover County and Chris Millis of Pender Countysponsored a bill that would fundamentally change the structure of the tax rebate.  

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on December 3, 2014.

As the populations of Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover Counties continue to swell, accommodating the movement of people and goods requires much more creativity and innovation than just widening roads or building more of them.  

In this edition of CoastLine, we explore how some transportation policy makers envision the future… and how the funding game is changingat both the state and federal levels.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on November 19, 2014.

The Special Use Permit is only about three years old in New Hanover County. 

Center for Family Violence Prevention

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on November 12, 2014.

Investigations over alleged cases of domestic violence continue to populate newscasts on a near-daily basis. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on November 5, 2014.  

Republicans effectively walloped Democrats in these mid-term electionssweeping into power with a majority in both Chambers on Capitol Hill.

At the state and local levels, election results generally mirrored the national pattern. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on September 10, 2014.

How will a $160 million general obligation bond issue impact the New Hanover County Public School System, and what impact would its passage have on property owners?    

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on September 3, 2014.

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri sparked questions nationwide over the use of excessive force.

But concerns have been brewing in the Cape Fear region over tensions between police and community residents for months. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on August 27, 2014. 

How does art for art’s sake impact a child’s developmentand is there a way to incorporate the arts as a vehicle for teaching other disciplines?  

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on August 20, 2014. 

Ending Chronic Homelessness in ten years:  it’s a commitment that the City of Wilmington, three local county governments, service providers, and the United Way made six years ago.  Slightly past the halfway point, the number of chronically homeless people in the region is down by more than half. 

Audacious is the word Katrina Knight uses to describe her first reaction to the notion that ending chronic homelessness was possible. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on August 13, 2014. 

What’s the best way to grow while staying true to the Port City’s historic legacyand what are the challenges to growth downtown we still face? 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on August 6, 2014.

What does sea level rise, now widely-accepted by the scientific community, mean for coastal areas in North Carolina?  How concerned do we really need to be?   

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on July 30, 2014.

Arts and the local economy:  will a new performing arts venue, the largest in the region, edge out smaller theater companies in the competition for ticket buyers? 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on July 23, 2014.    

Our media-saturated society is constantly bombarding us with new expressions. Whether from sports, the media, advertising, business or politics, we hear new ways of using language all the time – the good, the bad, and the ugly. We hear some examples of each in this show.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on July 16, 2014.  

Charter Schools in North Carolina:  What role should they play within the public school system and how is that role changing?  

During a time when every dollar spent on public education is scrutinized, lawmakers, parents, and advocacy groups alike are asking:  are charter schools effectively expanding options in the public school system?  Are they bridging an achievement gap?  Or are they siphoning taxpayer resources from traditional public schools? 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on July 9, 2014.   

Gang violence in our region: After all the community conversations, what have we learned? Are there new, best practices that we're implementing? What's already working that we might expand? How can we improve and refine our approach? 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on July 2, 2014.  

Coal ash in North Carolina— What is it?  Why and how should we regulate it?  And how soon will we will see coal ash cleaned up? 

Coal ash grabbed the national spotlight back in February when a wastewater pipe burst at Duke Energy’s Eden Plant, spilling an estimated 39,000 tons into the Dan River.  What many news media outlets are commonly calling toxic sludge coated about 70 miles of that waterway, which winds along the North Carolina–Virginia border. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on June 24, 2014. 

Providing tax breaks to the film industry... statewide, it's a controversial topic. In Southeastern North Carolina, there's no question incentives have injected hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy through the boom in film production here. But plenty of state leaders from less film-centric areas aren't convinced the financial benefits of the industry extend statewide. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on March 14, 2013. 

On this special edition of CoastLine, we featured a Reporters' Roundtable. Host Rachel Lewis Hilburn spoke with two veteran journalists, reporter Kevin Maurer of the StarNews and Scott Pickey, news director of WWAY/TV3. The topic: What are the top stories on the minds of WHQR listeners? Find out what they explored on today's edition of CoastLine.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on February 28, 2013.  

USDA

WHQR recently reported that Tregembo Animal Park, a roadside zoo in Wilmington, received a USDA citation for violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Tregembo initially claimed this citation, due to an ailing bear with facial lesions, was their first. But there have been two similar citations in the zoo’s past. 

Due to the bear’s sickness, Tregembo Animal Park received a code 2.40 citation, which indicates inadequate attending veterinary care. It’s a direct noncompliance item—or NCI—because it directly impacts the wellbeing of the animal.

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.

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: 

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

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.

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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