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6:36 am
Mon August 21, 2006

Convention Center Update

Wilmington, NC –

By Scott Malone

BOSTON (Reuters) - Pentair Inc. on Tuesday cut its earnings outlook for the third and fourth quarters, sending its shares down as much as 10 percent, as weakness in the housing market took a toll on its swimming pool equipment business.

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Local Interest
10:52 am
Wed August 16, 2006

Survey Paints Troubled Picture of Fire Department

Wilmington Fire Department

Wilmington, NC – Nearly 90% of the surveyed firefighters rated morale at the department as 'Poor,' 'Very Poor,' or 'Terrible,' and more than half said they've considered leaving.

The Wilmington Professional Firefighters Association, which represents a majority of the city's firefighters, contracted with an outside group for the survey as part of their ongoing effort to lobby for changes in the department. The group presented their findings at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

123 of the surveys sent out were returned, a response rate of 62%.

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Local Interest
5:35 am
Tue August 15, 2006

City of Wilmington Tallies Up Sewer Break Bill

Wilmington, NC – The City of Wilmington is asking S & C Communications to pay for the cost of fixing damage to a sewer pipe last month.


A letter from the Assistant City Attorney requests $196,605.01.


Nearly five million gallons of wastewater spilled after an S & C crew punctured the River Road sewage pipe back in July.


At first the company said the city failed to mark the pipe, but the city has said it has photos that it marked the site.

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Local Interest
6:22 am
Mon August 14, 2006

UNCW Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Quits

Wilmington, NC – UNCW's Assistant Men's Basketball coach has resigned after a little more than three months on the job.

Chuck Benson says he's leaving for an assistant coaching job at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson, Tennessee.


Back in April, Benson was the first hire by Seahawks head coach Benny Moss.

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Local Interest
6:19 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Governor Easley Says He Will Sign DOT Bill

Wilmington, NC – Governor Mike Easley says he will sign legislation removing specific goals for the North Carolina Department of Transportation when it comes to contracting work out to minority and women-owned businesses.

The North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus is urging Easley to veto the bill, which removes the 10% and 5% goals for contracting work out to minority and women-own businesses.

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Local Interest
4:01 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Easley Signs Landfill Moratorium

Easely signing the landfill moratorium.

Wilmington, NC – Governor Mike Easley signed the landfill moratorium into law in a room at Cape Fear Community College overlooking Brunswick county, site of one of the state's most contentious waste disposal battles.

The proposed Hugo Neu landfill in Navassa is one of five applications statewide frozen by the law.

Easley says while some of the projects may have merit, the state needs more time to develop a coherent policy on proposed landfills.

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Local Interest
1:40 am
Thu August 10, 2006

ILM Tightens Its Security

Wilmington, NC – Passengers flying out of Wilmington International Airport should expect heightened security due to an alleged terrorist plot in London to blow up U.S.-bound planes.


Although Wilmington is not a national hub, airport director Jon Rosborough says increased security precautions are underway at ILM.


He says cars are prohibited from lingering at the curb for pick-ups and drop offs, and beefed up security inside the airport may slow down the boarding process.

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Local Interest
11:54 am
Wed August 9, 2006

UNCW Launches Science Program for Teachers

Wilmington, NC – The University of North Carolina, Wilmington launched a new program delivering graduate science courses for middle and high school science teachers.


It's the first program in the state focused on giving science teachers a boost in knowledge.

The courses are open to current teachers, professionals from the science field moving into teaching jobs, and graduate students working toward a teaching degree.

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Local Interest
12:33 am
Wed August 9, 2006

Riding Along With the Water Patrol

Recreational boaters on the Intracoastal.

ICW, New Hanover County – The radio on detective Morrissette's console blares out the normal chaos of law enforcement - attempted break-ins, car crashes, and fights. But those troubles are a world away from the sparking waves of Mott's Channel off Wrightsville beach. Where Morrissette's attention is currently on a pair of dolphins cresting in the shallows.

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Local Interest
12:17 am
Wed August 9, 2006

Storms Rock Region

Wilmington, NC – An intense thunderstorm roared through southeastern North Carolina late Tuesday afternoon, leaving flooded streets, power outages, and fallen trees in its path.


Wind gusts reached 49 mph, and more than two inches of rain pelted rush hour traffic as the quick, hard-hitting system rolled through Wilmington.


Progress Energy says 6,700 homes were without power, but crews had most of the lights back on within 45 minutes.

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