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Wilmington, NC – Wilmington and New Hanover County planning departments teamed up to create zoning plans for future development on the west bank of the Cape Fear River.

Wilmington's planning board got a look at the plan last night and now the New Hanover County Planning Board gets its look at it Thursday nigiht.

Ever since the Battleship USS North Carolina nestled in across the river from Wilmington little has disturbed its peace over there.

Wilmington, NC – New Hanover County Elections officials say some voters are complaining about aggressive campaigning happening outside the elections office.

Early voters have been casting ballots at the county office for the last two weeks.

There is a 50-foot buffer zone from the Election Board's front door, and campaigners for candidates such as Nick Rhodes and Al Roseman have been standing outside that zone approaching voters as they walk to the booths.

Wilmington, NC – Plans for a medical center on Market Street in Scotts Hill will roll out before the New Hanover County Planning Board Thursday night.

Senca Properties is a group of doctors aiming to get nearly 50 acres on Market Street near the Pender County line rezoned.

Senca wants nearly 27 acres rezoned so New Hanover Regional Medical Center can build a hospital annex. Senca also wants the county to re-zone nearly 19 acres for a medical center with retail and restaurants.

Wilmington, NC – Wednesday night the Wilmington Planning Commission will hear what planning officials have in mind for future development along the west bank of the Cape Fear River.

Called the Riverfront Mixed Use District city and county planners have designed a cohesive zoning plan stretching from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge to the Isobel Holmes Bridge.

Wilmington, NC – Skeletal remains found in Brunswick County last summer have been identified as a man missing from Myrtle Beach.

The Brunswick County Sheriff's Department says the remains are of 41-year-old Johnny Brown, who was reported missing back in April.

Brown had a history of drug use. And the Chief Medical Examiners Office says there were no signs of foul play.

The remains were found August 30th on McLamb Road near the state line in Brunswick County.

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington police believe they've made the streets safer by seven men.

The police department Monday released the names and photos of seven men arrested in the past few days for several unrelated armed robberies, break-ins, and weapons possession charges.

Among those arrested was Demetrius Meares, accused of robbing the First Citizens bank on 17th street twice in the past month.

Wilmington, NC – All this week WHQR is asking candidates in two state house races five questions on some of the most pressing issues facing North Carolina. Focusing on the 18th District House race, this hour WHQR asks the candidates about funding highway projects.

Frankie Roberts

Republican Frankie Roberts stepped into the race with less than one hundred days to campaign after his wife stepped out of the race for personal reasons.

Wilmington, NC – WHQR this week is asking candidates in two state house races five questions on some of the most pressing issues facing North Carolina. Looking at the 17th District House race, WHQR asks the candidates about funding highway projects.

Allan Dameron

Democrat Allan Dameron is challenging Republican Bonner Stiller for the seat in the 17th District.

Dameron is a Brunswick County resident for the last 16 years and runs his own real estate company.

Wilmington, NC – CNN MONEY dot COM and Business 2.0 have named Wilmington the 7th best market for real estate appreciation.

The article says Wilmington real estate values will jump by 37% in five years, but warns that Wilmington has a high number of prospectors with non-resident investors making up more than a quarter of homeowners.

The article also warns about hurricanes but credits mild weather and great golf for reasons to invest in Wilmington.

Wilmington, NC – The North Carolina Fisheries Association has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over new regulations that kicked in on Monday.

The new restrictions target the Snowy Grouper,Vermillion Snapper and other species found in waters off the southeastern U.S. coast.

President of the North Carolina Fisheries Association Sean McKeon says his group is suing over the science and the numbers on the economic impact the fishing industry.

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham's book In A Magnolia Minute, a collection of WHQR commentaries on life in the south, is available at bookstores.

Wilmington, NC – WHQR this week is asking candidates in two state house races five questions on some of the most pressing issues facing North Carolina. Looking at the 18th District House race WHQR's Catherine Welch asks the candidates about the rising cost of a college education.

Frankie Roberts

Republican Frankie Roberts stepped into the race with less than one hundred days to campaign after his wife stepped out of the race for personal reasons.

Wilmington, NC – WHQR this week is asking candidates in two state house races five questions on some of the most pressing issues facing North Carolina. Looking at the 17th District House race WHQR's Catherine Welch asks the candidates about the rising cost of a college education.

Allan Dameron

Democrat Allan Dameron is a North Carolina native who worked his way through Guilford College working for the North Carolina prison system.

A realtor, he's lived in Brunswick County for the last 16 years.

Wilmington, NC – WHQR this week is asking candidates in two state house races five questions on some of the most pressing issues facing North Carolina. Today we're focusing on the 18th District House race and the one-year landfill moratorium.

Frankie Roberts

Republican Frankie Roberts stepped into the race with less than 100 days to campaign after his wife stepped out of the race for personal reasons. Born in Wilmington, Roberts runs a non-profit that finds homes and jobs for ex-offenders.

Wilmington, NC – WHQR this week is asking candidates in two state house races five questions on some of the most pressing issues facing North Carolina. Today we're focusing on the 17th District House race and the one-year landfill moratorium.

Allan Dameron

Democrat Allan Dameron is a North Carolina native who worked his way through Guilford College working for the North Carolina prison system.

A realtor, he's lived in Brunswick County for the last 16 years.

Lumberton, NC – Step into the old Carolina Theater, and you enter an echoingly large space. But for Executive Director Richard Sceiford, the building, which houses Lumberton's civic center, could be much bigger than just its several hundred seats. It could be something that helps define the town's future.

If the town can afford it.

Wilmington, NC – WHQR this week is asking candidates in two state house races five questions on some of the most pressing issues facing North Carolina. Focusing on the 18th District House race, the issue is health care for a growing senior population.

This is the second time Republican Frankie Roberts has challenged Thomas Wright for the 18th District seat.

Frankie Roberts

Born in Wilmington, Roberts runs a non-profit that finds homes and jobs for ex-offenders.

Wilmington, NC – WHQR this week is asking candidates in two state house races five questions on some of the most pressing issues facing North Carolina. Focusing on the 17th District House race, the issue is health care for a growing senior population.

Allan Dameron

Democrat Allan Dameron is a North Carolina native who has lived in Brunswick County for the last 16 years and runs his own real estate company.

The senior population is projected to grow 68% in Brunswick County by 2010.

Wilmington, NC – Dr. David Hill is a pediatrician who lives and writes in Wilmington.

Wilmington, NC – The Centers for Disease Control is currently surveying residents of Brunswick County to get an idea of how healthy people are across the nation.

Brunswick County was randomly chosen by the national agency, as are the participants of the survey. CDC Study Manager, Sherwin Bates, says the data received is used to find out the health needs of Americans.

Wilmington, NC – All this week WHQR is asking candidates in two state house races five questions on some of the most pressing issues facing North Carolina. Focusing on the 18th District House race we start this morning talking about eminent domain.

Frankie Roberts

Republican Frankie Roberts stepped into the race with less than 100 days to campaign after his wife stepped out of the race for personal reasons.

Roberts is a native Wilmingtonian who runs a non-profit that finds homes and jobs for ex-offenders.

Wilmington, NC – All this week WHQR is asking candidates in two state house races five questions on some of the most pressing issues facing North Carolina.

Focusing on the 17th District House race, we start this morning talking about eminent domain.

Allan Dameron

Democrat Allan Dameron is challenging Republican Bonner Stiller for the seat in the 17th District.

Dameron, a Brunswick County resident for the last 16 years, runs his own real estate company.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audubon North Carolina.

Wilmington, NC – Thalian Hall's Executive Director Tony Rivenbark says a city park proposed for the Thalian's current parking lot could hamper fundraising efforts for an addition to the historic performance hall.

Rivenbark says he's already hearing concerns from patrons he's hoping will fund the $8-million project.

I did receive a call the other day saying, We think this is very poor timing, and we love coming to Thalian Hall, but if you're going to take away the parking we're going to reconsider.'

Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College has received a perfect accreditation report from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Cape Fear Community College President Eric McKeithan says the flawless report is a rare feat for any institution and a first for CFCC.

He says the administration has been working long and hard to earn the perfect score.

Southeastern NC – 8th District Senator RC Soles is an institution. Literally. The State Senate named Soles a North Carolina Institution last year for his nineteen terms in the general assembly. And like any good incumbent, when Soles talks about his district, it's in long lists of projects won and dollars doled out.

Wilmington, NC – On November 7th, incumbent democrat Julia Boseman faces republican challenger Al Roseman in the race for the 9th District State Senate seat.

WHQR's Catherine Welch caught up with the candidates and toured the district to talk with residents about issues facing the region.

Wilmington, NC – It's late on the agenda, but first in many minds - a revised contract with developer Armada Hoffler, committing 2.2 million dollars of city money to design and build the Convention Center, including an initial payment of 600,000 dollars to complete the design phase.

Tonight's vote takes place before the swearing in of one of the strongest voices of opposition to the convention center.

Wilmington, NC – As money from the Wilmington First Citizens Bank robbery shows up in local circulation, police want citizens to keep an eye on the money they exchange.

Investigator Andy Korwatch of the Wilmington Police Department says during the course of the robbery two dye packs went off, leaving a portion of the money distinguishable by a red staining.

Wilmington, NC – In an attempt to enhance the safety of children on school buses, the state is holding its annual program Operation Stop Arm.

The program is designed to crack down on motorists, who choose to pass a stopped school bus while dropping off and picking up children.

Lt. Everett Clendenin of the North Carolina Highway Patrol says, each school day over 1,000 of these violations take place throughout the state.

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