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Wilmington, NC – Brunswick Community College is looking to start up a baseball program as a way to get more men enrolled in college.

Campuses across the country are seeing more women than men enrolled in college. It's a trend found at Brunswick Community College where president Stephen Griener says men make up 30% of the college's student body.

Wilmington, NC – The Cape Fear River Watch Board of Directors has passed a resolution saying it does not support the Sims-Hugo Neu recycling facility and landfill planned for Brunswick County.

The Cape Fear River Watch says it voted on the matter to make clear that it does not, and has never, supported the idea.

Sims-Hugo Neu wants to build a facility that will take in shredded chunks of automobiles and appliances then pick out embedded recyclable items such as copper and glass.

Wilmington, NC – The coastal town of Kure Beach is looking to a bill in the state senate to preserve its beach-town charm.

Senate Committee approved legislation Wednesday that locks in the town's 35-foot building limit,protecting it from future changes.

Kure Beach Mayor Tim Fuller says the building limit has shaped the town's character during the 60 years that it's been on the books.

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Wilmington, NC – Brooklyn Lobster explores the comendy and tragedy of running a family business.

Set in Brooklyn, actor Danny Aiello plays Frank Giorgio, the patriarch trying to keep both the business and family glued together.

Film Commentator Steve Taylor caught up with Aiello, who was eating lobster at Tutte Pasta in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Steve starts the conversation asking Aiello to describe his character in Brooklyn Lobster

Wilmington, NC – As Tropical Storm Alberto moves toward Florida,the National Weather Service says remnants of the storm could bring tornadoes and heavy rains to southeastern North Carolina.

What's left of Alberto is expected to reach the region early Thursday morning.

Tom Matheson with the National Weather Service out of Wilmington says a decaying tropical storm moving across land creates conditions ripe for spontaneous tornadoes. And says last night's storms will soak the region, saturating the ground.

Port of Wilmington – Senator Dole spent an hour this afternoon meeting with ports officials about current improvement projects and concerns about port security. Dole says she's pushing for federal money to fund a $100,000 reconnaissance study for the international port project in Brunswick county. But the senator says she had immediate concerns about finding funding for dredging and port construction in the region:

"The president's budget, which is just a blueprint, did not contain funding for construction, and it's important that that move forward."

Wilmington, NC – The Wilmington City Council selected J.C. Hearne to fill Bill Saffo's seat, which will open up once Saffo takes over as mayor in July.

Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Quin nominated Wilmington lawyer J.C. Hearne, and mayor Spence Broadhurst second the nomination. Every council member but Earl Sheridan voted for Hearne.

Hearne sat on the council from '97 to 2001. His priorities reflect some of the biggest issues facing Wilmington.

Wilmington, NC – The State Board of Ethics Wednesday will review Governor Mike Easley's relationship with Wilmington developer Nick Garrett, and whether it played a role in turning over the Southport Marina to Garrett and other investors.

A letter from members of a Southport community group asking the board to review Easley's involvement sparked the investigation.

Garrett has made contributions to the governor's campaign and his company did work on Easley's home.

Wilmington, NC – The Wilmington Race Riot Commission released its official report in Raleigh.

Described as an indictment of North Carolina government, the nearly 500-page report chronicles the violent overthrow of Wilmington's elected black government on November 10th 1898.

The report came with more than a dozen recommendations including one to teach 1898 in North Carolina schools.

Wilmington, NC – Nearly half of adults living in the Cape Fear region cannot read at the high school level.

The Cape Fear Literacy Council works with these adults, teaching them to read and write. WHQR's Catherine Welch talks with Cape Fear Literacy Council Director Linda Patton about some of the success stories that come out of her organization.

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.

In the second part of our series, WHQR's Catherine Welch talks with Cape Fear Literacy Council Director Linda Patton about adults cope without reading skills, and how they learn to read and write.

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Wilmington, NC – There are 2.5 million VFW members around the world. WHQR's Military Correspondent talks with the head of North Carolina's VFW.

Wilmington National Cemetery, NC – Shaded by the cemetery's massive live oaks, the crowd sang the national anthem before taking their seats in rows of folding chairs between the headstones. The ceremony included a reading of the names of local veterans who died in the past year and the laying of wreaths around the central flagpole. World War Two veteran E.L. Matthews served in the Army Corps of Engineers and said the cemetery has always been a part of his life.

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.

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