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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.

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.

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