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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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Local Interest
11:30 am
Tue August 8, 2006

No Homeless Shelter for Southport

Historic garrison house at Fort Johnston

Wilmington, NC – The Department of Health and Human Services has refused an application to turn Southport's Fort Johnston into a homeless shelter.

The decision released Monday blocks Fellowship Deliverance Ministries of Georgia from taking over the waterfront property.

An HHS spokesperson says it declined the application because the group failed to explain how it would staff the shelter, provide services and manage the property while out of state.

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Local Interest
12:09 am
Fri August 4, 2006

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge Fix

Wilmington, NC – Work will soon begin to replace the control system on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

The state has now awarded a $5.4 million dollar contract on work that will begin later this month, and wrap up 18 months from now.

The control system lifts the bridge for river traffic.

Lannie Wilson of the North Carolina Board of Transportation says this is the first electrical upgrade for the 37-year-old lift span bridge.

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Local Interest
12:06 am
Fri August 4, 2006

Good Shepherd Pantry Needs Filling

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington's Good Shepherd Ministries says its food pantry is getting bare.

Executive Director Katrina Knight says the supply usually gets thin around October, but a growing demand along with the newly added dinner meal has caused the agency to run low earlier.

She says short supplies hit all food agencies in the summer when people are on vacation and out of their usual routines.

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Local Interest
1:29 am
Thu August 3, 2006

City Takes a Look at Market Street

Wilmington, NC – Traffic planners at the City of Wilmington will roll out plans Thursday night to possibly cut the number of lanes on a stretch of Market Street.


The city is looking at Market Street from Covil to Third, trimming it from four to two lanes and filling up the remaining space with bike lanes and/ or turn lanes at certain intersections.

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Local Interest
12:48 am
Tue August 1, 2006

Online Petition to Save N.C. Piers

Wilmington, NC – An online petition is calling on state officials to get involved in efforts to preserve public saltwater fishing piers in North Carolina.


Paul Graham, co-sponsor of the petition, says private pier owners are plagued by hurricane risks and financial difficulties, and many are scrambling to sell.


Graham says the fishing piers are very important to him and to many long-time beachgoers, and it would be a shame to lose such a valuable part of North Carolina's coastal culture.

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Local Interest
12:45 am
Tue August 1, 2006

New State Prison in Columbus County

Wilmington, NC – Construction is under way in Columbus County on a new state prison.


The maximum-security prison is going up near Tabor City and will hold 992 cells.


Crews cleared the site last summer and a construction started back in June. John Harris is the senior project manager for Centex Construction, he says it's going to take thousands of workers to build the prison, most of them local.

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Local Interest
4:30 am
Mon July 31, 2006

Building Boats on the Cape Fear

Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College is kicking off its seventh annual Wooden Boat Festival Friday in downtown Wilmington.

Tom Forrester may be over eighty and overheated, but the local woodwork enthusiast doesn't let that slow him down.

Forrester is happy to put in the hours at the riverside workshop where he's getting his exhibit ready for this weekend's festival.

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Local Interest
12:14 am
Mon July 31, 2006

UNCW Under the Sea and on Capitol Hill

Wilmington, NC – Less work on beach erosion, more on ocean exploration. That will be the shift if the Undersea Research Center at UNC-Wilmington is successful in lobbying congress.


UNCW's Undersea Research Center is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.


A bill currently before congress could combine NOAA's undersea research with its ocean exploration program.

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Local Interest
11:04 am
Fri July 28, 2006

Cellphone Bill Hard to Enforce, Says NCHP

Wilmington, NC – State lawmakers are attempting to crack down on cell phone use in the car, but some traffic officials say the bill would be difficult to enforce.


A new bill prohibiting teens from chatting on cell phones behind the wheel contains a loophole allowing some calls. Lieutenant Everett Clendenin of the North Carolina Highway Patrol says such loopholes would make issuing citations difficult.

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