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Local - November 22
4:28 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Camp Lejeune Graduates First-Ever Women to Complete Infantry Training Course

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.

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1:17 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

New Hanover County Libraries Launch a Pre-K Money Management Program

The Money-Smart Kids Program kicked off with a Thursday morning story hour at the main library, followed by a craft session during which kids made "money-saving" jars.

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.

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9:28 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

PSR Physician Visits Wilmington - Part Two: Making Decisions with a Long View and Unified Goals

Dr. Andrew Kanter, Immediate Past President, Physicians For Social Responsibility
Physicians For Social Responsibility

When North Carolina’s legislature effectively rejected the prevailing science on sea level rise more than a year ago, the state made national headlines for outlawing a natural phenomenon. 

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Local - November 15
2:54 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Vote Recount Confirms Dan Wilcox as Carolina Beach Mayor

The Board of Elections met to recount votes this morning at the New Hanover County Government Center.

Carolina Beach’s new mayor is confirmed. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly witnessed this morning’s Board of Elections recount, which solidified the victory of Dan Wilcox over incumbent Bob Lewis.

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Local - November 14
4:48 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Gun Violence Prevention: A Community Affair

UNCW professors say gun violence is a matter of concern spanning all of Wilmington's neighborhoods and tax brackets.

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.

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Local - November 13
1:03 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Environmentalists Launch Petition to Expedite Coal Cleanup at Duke's Sutton Energy Plant

The Sierra Club hosted about 50 locals to a boat tour up the Cape Fear River this past Saturday. The destination was Duke's Sutton Plant, and the group brought on board speakers who touched on river ecology and current water quality issues.

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.

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7:09 am
Wed November 13, 2013

PSR Physician Visits Wilmington, Talks Grave Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Technology

Dr. Andrew Kanter, Immediate Past President, Physicians For Social Responsibility
Physicians For Social Responsibility

Listen to the audio version here.

Dr. Andrew Kanter recently addressed the United Nations General Assembly about the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear war. 

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Local
7:16 am
Mon November 11, 2013

New Hanover County Seeks Citizen Input on Economic Growth Strategy

Arts and culture.  The Film Industry.  Access to outdoor recreation a la the beach or the river.  Even road infrastructure…

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Local - November 8
5:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Wilmington's Festival Latino A Growing Force Within its Community

Aztec dancers graced last year's Festival Latino.

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.

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Local - November 6
1:43 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Brunswick County's 2013 Municipal Elections

Courtesy Brunswick County

Village of Bald Head Island, Mayor:

Incumbent Andy Sayre beat out challenger Larry Lammert.

Joe Ridgeway ran unopposed for the one open Council seat.  

Town of Belville:

Mike Allen, who ran unopposed for Mayor earned 89% of the vote.

And Donna Schardien and Tony Huskey, the only two candidates for council, will serve. 

City of Boiling Spring Lakes:

Craig Caster beat out Charlie Carroll for the Mayor seat in Boiling Spring Lakes.

Mary Stilwell and David Putnam won seats on the Commission.

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