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5:03 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Changes to Emissions Requirements For Cars and Trucks Subject of Public Hearing September 18th

Smart Car
By User:Alicegop (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Owners of newer cars and light-duty trucks might be able to skip the annual emissions check next year. 

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Local - September 10
4:04 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Even in the Case of Mental Illness, Americans with Disabilities Act Likely Protects Berger

Commissioner Brian Berger
NHCo. Sheriff's Office

Throughout recent legal battles concerning New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger’s fitness for public office, mental health has been a central topic. At a news conference last week, Commission Chairman Woody White said the commission had heard nothing from Berger regarding whether he needed or had received mental health counseling. White cited Berger’s incoherent emails, conspiracy fixations and erratic behavior as grave concerns that responsible leaders could not ignore.

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Local
5:58 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Stop Titan is Dealt a Blow, but Organizers Say the Fight Goes On

Stop Titan

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Now that Titan America has a revised air quality permit in hand, the company can take up to eighteen months to begin construction of a cement plant in New Hanover County. 

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Local
3:43 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

McCrory Talks School Security at Hoggard While WHQR Reporter is Escorted Off Property by Officers

September 6, 2013: Protestors outside Hoggard High School during Governor Pat McCrory's visit
Katie O'Reilly

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Editor's Note:  Since this story aired, Governor Pat McCrory's Deputy Communications Director Ryan Tronovitch has reached out to WHQR and apologized for what he characterized as an unfortunate mix-up.     

On Friday, Wilmington’s Hoggard High School hosted Governor Pat McCrory, who, according to other media outlets, gave a speech about safety in public schools.  

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Local - September 6
2:18 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

For the First Time, Schools Charged to Use Legion Stadium

Legion Stadium
Courtesy City of Wilmington

This school year, New Hanover County public schools will have to pay to use Legion Stadium, Hardee Field and other City-owned athletic facilities. According to an updated contract between the City of Wilmington and the Schools, school taxes will contribute more than $90,000 in maintenance and janitorial fees this year. And for future years, this amount is adjustable based on the consumer price index.

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Local
4:54 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

McKeithan To Hand Over Arts Council Chairmanship To Edgerton

Clyde Edgerton

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The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County is about to see a transition at the top of its ranks. 

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Local - September 4
1:23 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

New Hanover County Tightens School Volunteer Policies

United States Army

Those hoping to volunteer with New Hanover County public schools may soon be required to get a background check—at his or her own expense. On Tuesday, the Board of Education approved two new changes to its volunteer policy.

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Local
11:09 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Zapple Announces 2014 Candidacy for New Hanover County Commission

Rob Zapple, 2014 New Hanover County Commission Candidate

The elections for New Hanover County Commissioner don’t happen until next year, and the filing period for candidates doesn’t open until February, but the race is already getting underway. 

In a Facebook posting over the Labor Day weekend, Democratic Candidate Rob Zapple announced his candidacy and updated his campaign website. 

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Local
8:23 am
Tue September 3, 2013

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher Holds Lionfish Workshop

Lionfish deter would-be predators with their eighteen venomous spines.
Boogies with Fish Flickr Commons

Since 1985, an invasive marine species has been drifting its way up the Atlantic Coast. Originating in the Indo-Pacific, lionfish infiltrated North Carolina waters around the year 2000. With no local predators, the venomous carnivore feasts on native species—leading to what some marine conservation groups call an ecological crisis. Keri Kenning, Communications and Affiliate Program Manager at Reef Environmental Education Foundation, or REEF, suggests the lionfish dilemma has both a human cause and potential solution.

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Local
3:38 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

DAQ Approves Revised Air Quality Permit for Titan Cement

A portion of the proposed site on the Northeast Cape Fear River where Titan America is looking to build a cement plant. The existing structures are remnants of the defunct Ideal Cement Plant.

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Titan Cement is one step closer to building and operating a plant in New Hanover County. 

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