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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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Local Interest
10:29 am
Wed June 7, 2006

State Board of Ethics Probes SoPo Marina Deal

Wilmington, NC – The State Board of Ethics Wednesday will review Governor Mike Easley's relationship with Wilmington developer Nick Garrett, and whether it played a role in turning over the Southport Marina to Garrett and other investors.


A letter from members of a Southport community group asking the board to review Easley's involvement sparked the investigation.


Garrett has made contributions to the governor's campaign and his company did work on Easley's home.

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Local Interest
9:19 am
Wed May 31, 2006

Official 1898 Report Released

Wilmington, NC – The Wilmington Race Riot Commission released its official report in Raleigh.

Described as an indictment of North Carolina government, the nearly 500-page report chronicles the violent overthrow of Wilmington's elected black government on November 10th 1898.

The report came with more than a dozen recommendations including one to teach 1898 in North Carolina schools.

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Local Interest
5:06 am
Wed May 31, 2006

Literacy: Success

Wilmington, NC – Nearly half of adults living in the Cape Fear region cannot read at the high school level.


The Cape Fear Literacy Council works with these adults, teaching them to read and write.

WHQR's Catherine Welch talks with Cape Fear Literacy Council Director Linda Patton about some of the success stories that come out of her organization.

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Local Interest
4:59 am
Tue May 30, 2006

Literacy: How Adults Cope and Learn

Wilmington, NC – Nearly half of adults living in the Cape Fear region cannot read at the high school level, and many of them are reading below the 5th grade level.


The Cape Fear Literacy Council works with these adults, teaching them to read and write.


In the second part of our series, WHQR's Catherine Welch talks with Cape Fear Literacy Council Director Linda Patton about adults cope without reading skills, and how they learn to read and write.

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Local Interest
11:34 am
Mon May 29, 2006

North Carolina's VFW

Roy Meares, Commander of the NC VFW
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Wilmington, NC – There are 2.5 million VFW members around the world. WHQR's Military Correspondent talks with the head of North Carolina's VFW.

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Local Interest
11:29 am
Mon May 29, 2006

Cape Fear Celebrates Memorial Day

Wreath-laying at Wilmington National Cemetery.

Wilmington National Cemetery, NC – Shaded by the cemetery's massive live oaks, the crowd sang the national anthem before taking their seats in rows of folding chairs between the headstones. The ceremony included a reading of the names of local veterans who died in the past year and the laying of wreaths around the central flagpole. World War Two veteran E.L. Matthews served in the Army Corps of Engineers and said the cemetery has always been a part of his life.

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Local Interest
1:50 am
Mon May 29, 2006

Literacy: Who Needs Help

Wilmington, NC – Nearly half of adults living in the Cape Fear region cannot read at the high school level, and many of them are reading below the 5th grade level.

The Cape Fear Literacy Council works with these adults, teaching them to read and write.

WHQR's Catherine Welch talked with The Cape Fear Literacy Council Director Linda Patton about literacy in our area.

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Local Interest
1:46 am
Mon May 29, 2006

Big Issues, Little Agreement in Redistricting Debate

One of the two proposed redistricting maps for New Hanover County

New Hanover County, NC – If Tuesday's meeting is anything like the first two, it will exemplify the power redistricting has to bring out passion in its speakers.

At last week's meeting at Murray Middle School, Reverend Hudson Barksdale of Gregory Congregational Church warned school board members: If you continue to attempt to deny a quality education by re-segregating our schools, we shall defy you by every legitimate, nonviolent means at our disposal.

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