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Wilmington, NC – Nearly half of adults living in the Cape Fear region cannot read at the high school level, and many of them are reading below the 5th grade level.

The Cape Fear Literacy Council works with these adults, teaching them to read and write.

WHQR's Catherine Welch talked with The Cape Fear Literacy Council Director Linda Patton about literacy in our area.

New Hanover County, NC – If Tuesday's meeting is anything like the first two, it will exemplify the power redistricting has to bring out passion in its speakers.

At last week's meeting at Murray Middle School, Reverend Hudson Barksdale of Gregory Congregational Church warned school board members: If you continue to attempt to deny a quality education by re-segregating our schools, we shall defy you by every legitimate, nonviolent means at our disposal.

Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Literacy Council Linda Patton talks with WHQR's Catherine Welch about how they go about teaching adults the first steps of reading.

Wilmington, NC – Robeson County Democrat Ronnie Sutton has introduced legislation in the state House establishing a 3% occupancy tax for tourism advertising and a new horse arena in Robeson County.

The horse arena would be located at the Southeastern Agricultural Center and Farmer's Market. And a Robeson County Tourism Development Authority would be established to dole out the tax revenue for things such as tourism advertising and market research.

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Wilmington, NC – As Wilmington's film industry was digesting news that NBC cancelled its Monday night show Surface, it learned that the CW network's One Tree Hill will return to shot its fourth season. These developments come as lawmakers in Raleigh scramble to fix a loophole in the state's brand new film incentives package.

Wilmington, NC – The Wilmington airport is now home to an unused military helicopter that will be utilized by law enforcement agencies around the area. It's part of a federal program that turns over surplus helicopters to local law enforcement.

Wilmington, Pender and Leland law enforcement agencies will share the helicopter with the Wilmington Police Department providing the pilot.

Wilmington, NC – Top executives at GE broke ground in Wilmington on what will become home to hundreds of employees working on the latest technology for nuclear reactors.

GE is one of a dozen companies working with The Department of Energy's Nuclear Power 2010 program, a private-public partnership to develop nuclear technology and make a case for bringing at least one new, advanced nuclear power plant online.

The research and planning of that technology will be done in the new building.

Wilmington, NC – The North Carolina Beach Inlet and Waterway Association says while public access to beaches is improving, access to coastal waters is becoming a serious issue.

In its first report card for the North Carolina coast, the association handed out a D grade for public access to coastal waters.

Harry Simmons is the group's executive director and mayor of the southeastern coastal town of Caswell Beach.

Wilmington, NC – The North Carolina Beach Inlet and Waterway Association says while public access to beaches is improving, access to coastal waters is becoming a serious issue.

In its first report card for the North Carolina coast, the association handed out a D grade for public access to coastal waters.

Harry Simmons is the group's executive director and mayor of the southeastern coastal town of Caswell Beach.

Wilmington, NC – The deadline has passed to apply for the New Hanover County Planning Director's job. Former director, Dexter Hayes, retired at the beginning of this month.

As the search committee sorts through the applications there are other vacancies in the area of planning that the county will have to fill as well. WHQR's Catherine Welch reports.

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Snipes Elementary School, Wilmington, NC – The tone was civil, but views were sharply divided at last night's school board forum. The meeting at Snipes Elementary was the first of three chances for the public to speak on the redistricting proposals for New Hanover County elementary schools.

Wilmington, NC – City Council member Bill Saffo is the new mayor of Wilmington. Without the presence of council member Laura Padgett, the city council tapped Saffo. It was a special meeting in council chambers that literally took minutes.

Less than ten minutes after calling the special meeting to order the City Council selected Bill Saffo to serve as the next mayor.

Raleigh, NC – A slate of bills greeted members of the House back to Raleigh as the short session kicked off at around noon. And on this first day many lawmakers from the region focused on the word short in this session's moniker.

After a ceremony by the North Carolina Highway Patrol honor guard, members of the House got down to business introducing more than a dozen new bills, including ones to cut the gas tax, raise the state minimum wage and eliminate the new requirement of mandatory eye exams for kindergartners.

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18th House District Race

In the democratic primary races for the state House seat in the 18th District, incumbent Thomas Wright beat challenger Laura Padgett.

Unofficial results for New Hanover County show Wright coming in with 69% of the votes to Padgett's 31%. In Pender County, Wright won 63% to Padgett's 37% of the vote.

Wilmington, NC – While residents in some parts of Wilmington remain concerned about the impact Autumn Hall will have on traffic, Wilmington city planners say it's a good example of actually reducing congestion on major roads. And they point to a more established Wilmington neighborhood's road system as an example of what failing to plan for traffic can look like. WHQR's Catherine Welch explains.

Wilmington, NC – Martin Herring and incumbent Russell Tucker are the democratic candidates looking to challenge republican candidate Richard Kaiser.

When asked about the dwindling federal dollars for inlet dredging and whether the state should take over funding for dredging Herring says the like the new state Lottery, lawmakers should find a creative solution to drum up money for dredging.

Wilmington, NC – Martin Herring and incumbent Russell Tucker are the democratic candidates looking to challenge republican candidate Richard Kaiser.

Herring studied political science at Fayetteville State and is the father of a son.

When asked about what needs to be done to bring new jobs to rural parts of southeastern North Carolina, he says the state needs to focus on developing small businesses.

Wilmington, NC – Martin Herring and incumbent Russell Tucker are the democratic candidates looking to challenge republican candidate Richard Kaiser.

Herring has worked for IBM and is currently a musician playing saxophone.

When asked whether children of undocumented residents should be offered in-state tuition to public schools if they have spent at least four years in a state school system, he says there needs to be more research on the issue.

Wilmington, NC – Martin Herring and incumbent Russell Tucker are the democratic candidates looking to challenge republican candidate Richard Kaiser.

Herring studied political science at Fayetteville State and is the father of a son. When asked what needs to be done to bring more qualified teachers to North Carolina schools, he says the state needs to offer competitive employment packages.

Wilmington, NC – The small grocery stores scattered throughout downtown Wilmington are there as a convenient place to pick up eggs or milk.

But many of them also serve as a place where people gather to deal in illegal activity.

The store at 12th and Chestnut in downtown Wilmington sits on one corner targeted by the Wilmington Police Department.

WHQR looks into what's being done to clean up this intersection that has had a long history of trouble.

Wilmington, NC – Easter and children and animals are all part of the glorious season of Spring and celebration, says commentator Nan Graham.

Wilmington, NC – The moratorium on future hookups to the Northeast Interceptor kicks in on May 27th and will expire when work is completed on a segment along Shipyard Boulevard between Holly Tree Road and Stonewall Jackson Drive.

That work is expected to wrap up in November. But in his letter to city officials, the Division of Water Quality's Ed Beck said the moratorium could be extended if city engineering consultants find other critical segments needing repairs.

Wilmington, NC – The New Hanover County Planning Board has tabled a request for a special permit to build a development on the west bank of the Cape Fear River.

The complex called City View would include 400 dwelling units, retail outlets and office space on a plot of land just south of the Battleship North Carolina.

The development would house some of those units in a 260-foot tall tower that opponents say would be the tallest structure east of I-95.

Wilmington, NC – Our series Mondays with Claude pulls out of the archive some of Claude Howell's most beloved commentaries along with reflections from the people who knew him best.

Born in 1915, Claude Howell was a Wilmington resident who lived most of his life in room #44 of the historic Carolina Apartments.

A painter who captured on canvas the light and life of North Carolina,Claude Howell was widely considered the Dean of North Carolina painting.

Wilmington, NC – Our series Mondays with Claude pulls out of the archive some of Claude Howell's most beloved commentaries along with reflections from the people who knew him best.

Born in 1915, Claude Howell was a Wilmington resident who lived most of his life in room #44 of the historic Carolina Apartments.

A painter who captured on canvas the light and life of North Carolina,Claude Howell was widely considered the Dean of North Carolina painting.

Wilmington, NC – As Wilmington grows at a rapid pace, there's one residential neighborhood in the heart of the city that's trying to find its own identity amongst the empty lots. WHQR's Catherine Welch has more.

Wilmington, NC – As Wilmington grows at a rapid pace, there's one residential neighborhood in the heart of the city that's trying to find its own identity amongst the empty lots. WHQR's Catherine Welch has more.

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