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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.

Wilmington, NC – U-S Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt says North Carolina will receive $2.5 million in federal funds to boost plans for pandemic flu preparedness.

Leavitt made the announcement at the state's first pandemic flu summit today in Raleigh. He says preparation on a state and local level is key to surviving a pandemic that could last up to a year.

Wilmington, NC – North Carolina is among 21 states that allow paddling in schools, although many of the state's most populous counties have outlawed the practice.

The group spearheading a statewide ban, Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education, has stepped up its online campaign and intends to present legislation next fall.

According to PTVAE's North Carolina Coordinator, Peggy Dean, the legislature voted on a bill to study the situation last year.

Courtesy: New Hanover Public Library

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.

Courtesy: Star-News

Wilmington, NC – 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.

But Claude was also a compulsive writer. A man who starting at the age of 10 meticulously wrote journals filled with everything he did. More than 300 of those journal entries were turned into commentaries recorded for WHQR.

Wilmington, NC – For anyone who ever tried hiding army men in the family piano as a kid or figured out how to make ghost noises on the flute, the Chamber Music Society of Wilmington is playing your song.

Wilmington, NC – Insurance Commissioner Jim Long says the state needs to adopt provisions requiring either plywood, shutters or impact resistant windows for new homes in coastal areas.

The Department of Insurance says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has warned that homes destroyed by flying debris could loose out on federal assistance unless the provisions are adopted.

Courtesy: Star-News

Wilmington, NC – 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.

Claude was also a compulsive writer. A man who starting at the age of 10, meticulously wrote journals filled with everything he did. More than 300 of those journal entries were turned into commentaries recorded for WHQR.

Ocean, NC, March 1, 2006 – You can find this story on our Public Arts page.

(Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University)

This weekend is the 141st anniversary of the Battle of Forks Road, the final Union victory before the taking of Wilmington in the Civil War. The Cameron Art Museum, which now occupies that former battlefield, hosts a re-enactment this weekend, boasting the largest gathering of African-American re-enactors ever in the state. WHQR's Megan Williams joined one of them to learn more about his preparations...

Wilmington, NC, February 22, 2006 – Hard Tack

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.

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