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9:57 am
Tue September 19, 2006

Congress In The Classroom

Wilmington, NC – Congressman Mike McIntyre will be making the rounds to some Wilmington elementary schools this week answering questions from school kids about what it's like to be in Congress.


While they're not the Washington Press Corps McIntyre says the school children have some pretty solid questions.

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Local Interest
9:51 am
Tue September 19, 2006

Truck Up To Code, says Leland Fire Chief

Wilmington, NC – The accident involving a Leland Fire Department fire engine and civilian vehicle resulted in no fatalities. That's the word from Leland Fire Chief John Grimes, who says one firefighter is expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday.

The Star-News reports that the firefighter driving the fire truck told police on the scene that his brakes gave out. But Chief Grimes says the truck was up to code.

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Local Interest
9:12 am
Tue September 19, 2006

Pender County Fires Manager

Burgaw, NC – County Commissioners voted 3-to-2 to terminate John Bauer's position without cause at the end of their meeting Monday.

This was Bauer's second stint as Pender County's manager. Commissioner voted him into the position on a 3-to-2 vote in February of 2005.

Although his performance was not on the meeting's agenda, Bauer said he was unsurprised by Monday's decision.

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Local Interest
1:39 am
Mon September 18, 2006

Sink or Swim!

Wilmington, NC – Dr. David Hill is a pediatrician who lives and writes in Wilmington.

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Local Interest
12:37 am
Thu September 14, 2006

Nan's Eccentric Friend

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham's book "In A Magnolia Minute" a collection of WHQR commentaries on life in the south is available at bookstores.

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Local Interest
12:13 am
Thu September 14, 2006

BellSouth Asks For Deregulation

Wilmington, NC – BellSouth is asking the state Utilities Commission to deregulate its retail services.


The phone company says regulation is no longer necessary now that residents can choose from cell phone, internet and cable services.


The Public Utilities Commission says BellSouth is the largest phone service provider with 85% of the market. The Commission's executive Director for Public Staff, Robert Gruber, says a deregulated BellSouth can lower or raise rates at will.

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Local Interest
12:13 am
Thu September 14, 2006

NC Art Museum Expands

Raleigh, NC – In a ceremony attended by Governor Mike Easley and the first lady, the museum Thursday unveiled plans for a low, steel-clad building to display the state's art collection. The new facility will be the centerpiece of a 127-acre landscaped park, including sculpture gardens, environmental projects, and hiking and biking trails.


Under the new plan, the museum's current building shifts to house temporary exhibits and administrative space.

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Local Interest
12:07 am
Thu September 14, 2006

Pay Day Loan Town Hall In Myrtle Beach

Wilmington, NC – A series of meetings centered on payday lending services kicks off in Myrtle Beach Thursday night.

South Carolina lawmakers called for the town hall meetings as a way to inform the public about these high interest loans.

The South Carolina AARP's Patrick Cobb says he hopes feedback from these meetings will inform state legislation.

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Local Interest
12:31 am
Wed September 13, 2006

Seniors Warned at Scam Jam

credit: NCDOJ

Wilmington, NC – Representatives from the North Carolina Attorney General's office will be in Wilmington today to talk with area seniors about how to detect scams.


The event will cover topics ranging from identity theft, mail and charity fraud, and investment scams.


North Carolina Attorney General Cooper says this will be an opportunity for seniors to gather a wealth of information for those looking to ward off scam artists.

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Local Interest
11:47 am
Tue September 12, 2006

UNCW Students Remember 9/11

Wilmington, NC – To commemorate those lost on 9/11 UNCW students held an all day public ceremony on campus on the five-year anniversary.

More than 3,000 American flags were placed on the campus commons lawn. Events organizers say early in the morning nearly 200 students and residents gathered to remember the victims of 9/11.

Ceremony organizer and student Brian Pate, says even a retired NYC fire fighter arrived with his family to remember the day's events.

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