All branches of the U.S. military are working toward incorporating women into front-line combat units by 2016. Yesterday, the nation’s first three women to ever complete a combat infantry training course graduated at Camp Lejeune. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that this kicked off a year’s worth of analysis the Marine Corps will be performing to determine the recommendation they’ll make to secretary of defense Chuck Hagel regarding the future of women’s roles in combat.
The concepts of sharing, saving and spending are coming to a library near New Hanover County pre-schoolers. With help from a grant from PNC Bank, the library is launching a program for the five-and-under set called Money-Smart Kids. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that the libraries will be tailoring story times and craft sessions to educate preschoolers - and their parents - about wise financial stewardship.
Because Wilmington’s recent spate of gun violence has residents from every walk of life concerned, City Councilman and UNCW political science professor Earl Sheridan corralled some university colleagues for a community panel event. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that Wednesday night’s discussion often landed on another local hot button: public education.
This December, Duke Energy Progress will retire the coal units at Wilmington’s Sutton Plant, and switch to more energy-efficient natural gas operations. But while those coal units are being decommissioned, Duke will keep their ash basins operational for what they say is a short time. However, local environmental advocates are pushing to excavate the ash immediately, as they say its chemical components could pose public health threats. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that the Sierra Club and Cape Fear River Watch have teamed up to launch a petition demanding a timetable from Duke.
This weekend, Ogden Park will become a bastion of music, food and dance celebrating the traditions of Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and many more Latino countries. Festival Latino has been a November tradition in Wilmington for fifteen years, ever since one day when a few Latino families gathered in the park for a picnic. The event has since evolved into a two-day festival that’s projected to draw 20,000 visitors. This growth parallels the expansion of the organization behind the festival, Amigos Internacional.