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3:02 am
Wed June 21, 2006

School Board Approves Redistricting Plan

Final redistricting map adopted by school board
www.nhcs.k12.nc.us

Wilmington, NC – The final map prioritizes student proximity to their schools, except in the case of two downtown elementaries. Snipes and Freeman would otherwise have become predominantly African American. Under the plan, they'll turn into magnet schools focusing on arts and foreign language, with only 40% of their students coming from surrounding neighborhoods.

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Local Interest
1:17 am
Wed June 21, 2006

Violent Crime Up, Property Crime Down

Wilmington, NC – The number of violent crimes in North Carolina went up last year while property crimes dropped.

North Carolina's Attorney General has released last year's crime statistics showing that crime overall rose a fraction of a percent with violent crime up by 3.7%.

The crime rate last year in both Pender and New Hanover counties is lower than it was in 1995, while Brunswick County has seen its crime rate nearly double since then.

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Local Interest
2:58 am
Tue June 20, 2006

Baseball Program Tossed Around BCC

Wilmington, NC – Brunswick Community College is looking to start up a baseball program as a way to get more men enrolled in college.

Campuses across the country are seeing more women than men enrolled in college. It's a trend found at Brunswick Community College where president Stephen Griener says men make up 30% of the college's student body.

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Local Interest
12:44 am
Thu June 15, 2006

Moves to Block Recycling Plant/Landfill

Wilmington, NC – The Cape Fear River Watch Board of Directors has passed a resolution saying it does not support the Sims-Hugo Neu recycling facility and landfill planned for Brunswick County.

The Cape Fear River Watch says it voted on the matter to make clear that it does not, and has never, supported the idea.

Sims-Hugo Neu wants to build a facility that will take in shredded chunks of automobiles and appliances then pick out embedded recyclable items such as copper and glass.

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Local Interest
12:38 am
Thu June 15, 2006

Keeping Kure Cute

Wilmington, NC – The coastal town of Kure Beach is looking to a bill in the state senate to preserve its beach-town charm.

Senate Committee approved legislation Wednesday that locks in the town's 35-foot building limit,protecting it from future changes.

Kure Beach Mayor Tim Fuller says the building limit has shaped the town's character during the 60 years that it's been on the books.

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Local Interest
6:03 am
Tue June 13, 2006

Life on the Rocks - North Carolina's Only Tidepools

The aquarium's Touch Tank - the destination for this afternoon's catch of anenomes, sea stars, and crabs.
(c) Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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Local Interest
6:07 am
Mon June 12, 2006

Steve Taylor Serves Brooklyn Lobster

Wilmington, NC – Brooklyn Lobster explores the comendy and tragedy of running a family business.

Set in Brooklyn, actor Danny Aiello plays Frank Giorgio, the patriarch trying to keep both the business and family glued together.

Film Commentator Steve Taylor caught up with Aiello, who was eating lobster at Tutte Pasta in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Steve starts the conversation asking Aiello to describe his character in Brooklyn Lobster

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Local Interest
6:07 am
Mon June 12, 2006

Alberto's Impact on the Cape Fear Region

Wilmington, NC – As Tropical Storm Alberto moves toward Florida,the National Weather Service says remnants of the storm could bring tornadoes and heavy rains to southeastern North Carolina.

What's left of Alberto is expected to reach the region early Thursday morning.

Tom Matheson with the National Weather Service out of Wilmington says a decaying tropical storm moving across land creates conditions ripe for spontaneous tornadoes. And says last night's storms will soak the region, saturating the ground.

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Local Interest
6:34 am
Fri June 9, 2006

Senator Dole Visits Wilmington Port

Port of Wilmington – Senator Dole spent an hour this afternoon meeting with ports officials about current improvement projects and concerns about port security. Dole says she's pushing for federal money to fund a $100,000 reconnaissance study for the international port project in Brunswick county. But the senator says she had immediate concerns about finding funding for dredging and port construction in the region:

"The president's budget, which is just a blueprint, did not contain funding for construction, and it's important that that move forward."

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Local Interest
10:45 am
Wed June 7, 2006

Wilmington City Council Tags J.C. Hearne

Wilmington, NC – The Wilmington City Council selected J.C. Hearne to fill Bill Saffo's seat, which will open up once Saffo takes over as mayor in July.


Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Quin nominated Wilmington lawyer J.C. Hearne, and mayor Spence Broadhurst second the nomination. Every council member but Earl Sheridan voted for Hearne.


Hearne sat on the council from '97 to 2001. His priorities reflect some of the biggest issues facing Wilmington.

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