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Wilmington, NC, February 22, 2006 – You can find this story on our local arts page.

Wilmington, NC – The North Carolina Community College system controls funds earmarked for community colleges.

In a process called "reversion" the system calls back a certain percentage to help it make up shortfalls.

This fiscal year, all 58 community colleges have been asked to return 1% of their budget, and now they're being asked to return another .5%.

Wilmington, NC – The port is planned for 600 acres of land on the Cape Fear River just north of Southport.

It's designed to take in nearly two million containers a year, rivaling the Port of Charleston.

The ports made a $3 million down payment on the land last month, and says the next step is to close on the property in March. After that, there will be environmental impact studies and impact assessments by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Wilmington, NC – The international port is planned for 600 acres of land on the Cape Fear River just north of Southport. It's designed to take in nearly two million containers a year, rivaling the Port of Charleston.

The North Carolina State Ports Authority made a $3 million down payment on the land last month, and says the next step is to close on the property in March.

After that, there will be environmental impact studies and impact assessments by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Wilmington, NC – This week, WHQR is featuring a series of conversations talking about what's ahead in our region.

WHQR's Catherine Welch talks with Katrina Knight, executive director of Good Shepherd Ministries about what she's seeing in the homeless community.

We start off our conversation talking about the people she sees walking through her doors.

Wilmington, NC – The basketball team is near the top of Colonial Athletic Association division ranking,the baseball team is getting national attention and members of the UNCW swimming and soccer teams are receiving division and state honors.

But for some reason, the team on everyone's mind is a team the university doesn't even have - football.

Athletic Director Mike Capaccio says it's a subject he talks about - a lot.

Wilmington, NC – North Carolina's film industry pushed and lawmakers passed incentives for film production last summer.

The incentives deliver a 15% rebate on goods, services and labor for productions with at least a $250,000 budget.

While the industry is now using the incentives to lure productions, it's keeping an eye on South Carolina, that also has a generous package.

Wilmington, NC – This week, WHQR is featuring a series of conversations talking about what's ahead in our region. This morning WHQR's Catherine Welch talks with Advocate Frankie Roberts who runs an agency helping ex-offenders in New Hanover County re-enter the community after incarceration.

Wilmington, NC – In mid-January, the North Carolina Ports Authority put up $3 million and singed a deal for 600 acres of land along the Cape Fear River just north of Southport.

This is where the Ports Authority wants to build a brand new port that would take in two-million containers and rival the Port of Charleston.

Wilmington, NC – You can find an extended version of the interview with Bob Edwards at our Public Arts page.

Wilmington, NC – The Reverend E.B. Turner spent more than 40 years in the Robeson County political arena. Now retired, Turner talks with WHQR's Catherine Welch about creating racial harmony during the integration of Robeson County schools and working within the political system to bring better housing conditions for Lumberton's black residents.

Wilmington, NC – The redesign includes a public park area along with other changes.

The new design expands the exhibit hall to 25,000 square feet and includes three meeting rooms.

Designers shrank the adjacent parking garage to make sure it doesn't tower over the center and chose to brick the garage's first floor so it blends with surrounding former railroad buildings.

New drawings show the convention center covered by an asymmetrical vaulted roof.

Wilmington, NC – A North Carolina psychiatric hospital and a Myrtle Beach organization are sending homeless people to Wilmington on one-way bus tickets,leaving it up to law enforcement and local agencies to stem the flow and help these new arrivals. WHQR's Catherine Welch has more.

Wilmington, NC – A North Carolina psychiatric hospital and a Myrtle Beach organization are sending homeless people to Wilmington on one-way bus tickets,leaving it up to law enforcement and local agencies to stem the flow and help these new arrivals. WHQR's Catherine Welch has more.

Wilmington, NC – Steve Taylor rolls out his list of the best films from 2005.

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham is our life-long southerner, and Pat Conroy will be at Thalian Hall on Friday, January 20th.

Wilmington, NC – Support for local arts and cultural programming comes from WHQR members, and Landfall Foundation, an organization of residents who support projects enhancing health, education and the arts in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties.

Wilmington, NC – The goal for most parents is to deliver a perfect Christmas to their children. Good luck, says commentator David Hill.

Wilmington, NC – Support for local arts and cultural programming comes from WHQR members, and Landfall Foundation, an organization of residents who support projects enhancing health, education and the arts in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties.

Lumberton's Park Bonds

Wilmington, NC – Morning traffic hums on Elizabeth Town road as early autumn winds blow through acres of Pecan Trees.

The old dairy farm reduced to an aging barn and silo sits quietly as residents debate whether it will become part of a new 91-acre park,a place former head of Lumberton Parks and Recreation Wendell Statton envisions filled with ball fields and walking paths.

In Our Water, Heavy Metals

Wilmington, NC – Steve Srkabal studies chemistry of the oceans and coastal environments looking specifically at heavy metals in the environment. We start our conversation talking about where he goes to collect data on heavy metals in the area.

Wilmington, NC – Steve Srkabal studies chemistry of the oceans and coastal environments looking specifically at heavy metals in the environment. We start our conversation talking about where he goes to collect data on heavy metals in the area.

With its centuries of burials, Oakdale Cemetery is the final resting place for much of Wilmington's history, and a gallery of intriguing memorials. In honor of the Halloween season, WHQR's Megan Williams took a tour with the Cemetery's superintendent, Eric Kozen.

A Tour of Oakdale's Funereal Arts

Oct. 28, 2005, Wilmington, NC – Eric Cozen is the Superintendent of Oakdale Cemetery.

In Our Water, Marshes and Wetlands

Wilmington, NC – Brooks Avery looks at what happens when salt water moves up bodies of fresh water such as the Cape Fear River. We start our conversation talking about the breakdown of soils in wetland environments and what causes it.

In Our Water, Fish

Wilmington, NC – Fred Scharf monitors fish in their first few years of life,looking for factors and patterns that determine their survival. By identifying the challenges Scharf can get a better handle on populations information used to protect a variety of species that live in the water around us.

In Our Water, Rain Water and Hurricanes

Wilmington, NC – Joan Willey studies the chemistry of rainwater, specifically acid rain in Wilmington and what can be found in hurricane rain. Her research started 20 years ago when one of her students asked a seemly simple question.

In Our Water, Sewage Spills

Wilmington, NC – Dr. Larry Cahoon talks with WHQR's Catherine Welch about what sewage spills and runoff water leave behind.

Amateur Radio Operators

Wilmington, NC – After hurricane Katrina, amateur radio operators supplied vital communication to emergency management workers.

Growing Up in Garden City

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington resident Nancy Richardson grew up in Garden City, knew the Clutter family and watched Truman Capote turn one story from her town into an American classic.

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