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8:01 am
Tue August 29, 2006

New Evacuation Route for Parts of Brunswick County

Wilmington, NC – Brunswick County officials say the completed stretch I- 140 will cut evacuation time for some county residents.


Brunswick County officials say the I-140 Wilmington Bypass links an improved Carolina Beach Road to Interstate 40, giving county residents a faster evacuation route.


Brunswick County Emergency Management Director Randy Thompson says sending residents through New Hanover county will work because of new regional evacuation plans.

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Local Interest
7:59 am
Tue August 29, 2006

Governor Easley Says State Ready to Communicate

Wilmington, NC – As forecasters keep an eye on Tropical Storm Ernesto,Governor Mike Easley warns residents to prepare for the hurricane season.


Easley urged families to have a plan for evacuation and communication. As for the state's emergency communication system, called VIPER, a study this year by the First Response Coalition raised concerns about VIPER's effectiveness since many municipalities have opted out of it.

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Local Interest
6:07 am
Tue August 29, 2006

Historic Preservation After the Storm

Empty lots along Biloxi's once historic waterfront.

Biloxi, MS – Behind the wheel of his SUV, Bill Raymond navigates through what's left of Biloxi's historic district, describing entire neighborhoods of old homes that have been reduced to fields of weeds under the city's remaining live oaks. Raymond is the city's Historical Administrator. Not an easy job in a town where he estimates 75% of the land-marked buildings are damaged or gone.

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Local Interest
5:59 am
Tue August 29, 2006

UNCW Recieves Domestic Violence Grant

Wilmington, NC – The university will use the money to address domestic violence against students, creating a model program other schools may someday adopt.

Rebecca Caldwell, the university's director of substance abuse and violence prevention, describes domestic violence on campus as a sleeping tiger,' saying that when she looked for a recommended university program on which to base UNCW's she couldn't find any.

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Local Interest
8:10 am
Mon August 28, 2006

"Bent But Not Broken" in Biloxi

\"Bent But Not Broken\"

Wilmington, NC – Two block from the Gulf of Mexico, dozens of volunteers pile into First United Methodist Church. Wilmington resident Murrie Lee is one of the volunteers, he's on his 6th mission trip to Biloxi.

Like most people, Lee watched Hurricane Katrina devastate the region on his TV set, and sitting in a quiet corner of the church sanctuary, he tells of how he felt an immediate need to be useful.

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Local Interest
4:50 am
Mon August 28, 2006

Sewer Repairs Come with Big Price Tag

Wilmington, NC – The study found nearly 7,000 feet of sewer line that need to be replaced or repaired in the next five years. The assessment also stressed the need to replace air valves, improve two pumping stations on the line, and modify the corrosion control system.


J. Chris Ford, an engineer who presented study results to the City council, says the types of problems facing the northeast interceptor are not uncommon in other systems of its size.

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Local Interest
8:09 am
Sun August 27, 2006

Ghost Busting After Hurricane Katrina

A street in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward.

Wilmington, NC – Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was one of the most haunted cities in the country. Shawna Keeney checks in with some regular ghost chasers who are monitoring the haunted Big Easy.

Shawna Kenney is a freelance writer and producer who is currently a graduate student in UNCW's Creative Writing program.

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Local Interest
5:55 am
Fri August 25, 2006

City's Fire Department Assessment A Mixed Bag

Wilmington, NC – The Wilmington Fire Department has the equipment and manpower, but lacks training and support staff. That's the finding of an outside assessment commissioned by the city.


Recommendations include boosting the number of training captains from one to four or five, and hiring an I-T person.
It also recommends fixing safety issues at some of the older firehouses.


Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says city staff will comb through the 207-page report and prioritize recommendation.

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Local Interest
3:51 am
Thu August 24, 2006

Fido Gets His Own Park

Wilmington, NC – Thursday was the official grand opening of Wilmington's first off-leash dog park.


A private citizen group teamed up with the city to make the two acre stretch of fenced in park a reality at Empie Park. Small dogs and big dogs each have their own areas to run free, and there are water facilities and seating.


The city says Empie Park's new off-leash dog park, and Kure Beach, are now the only two places in the immediate area where dogs can romp free from their masters.

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Local Interest
1:24 am
Thu August 24, 2006

Drug Arrests on Castle Street

Chief Evangelous exhibits the AK-47 seized in the arrests.

Wilmington, NC – Neighborhood complaints tipped off police to keep an eye on a Castle Street clothing store called "X-Slave Fashions."

Police say that after witnessing what they thought was a drug deal in front of the store, officers arrested the owner and three others.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous credits old-fashioned, boots-on-the-street policing for the bust.

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