Wilmington, NC – Before the general assembly adjourns lawmakers will decide if they are going to put in place a statewide incentive plan for the film industry. Opponents call film incentives unfair to other industries operating in the state while supporters say the state could kiss its film industry good-bye if lawmakers fail to enact a plan. WHQR's Catherine Welch reports.
Camp Lejeune – The fate of 2nd Lt. Illario Pantano's court martial is now in the hands of an investigating officer who must decide whether he will recommend moving forward with a court martial. Pantano is accused of premeditated murder for killing two Iraqis. His Article 32 hearing ended Saturday after the defense spent all day quizzing Pantano's accuser.
Vatican City – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is now known to the world as Pope Benedict the 16th. Wilmingtonian and special WHQR correspondent Paul Wilkes was there when the white smoke rose followed by Pope Benedict the 16th s first public address.
Wilkes is writing a regular blog for beliefnet.com
Wilmington, NC – The Kids Making It woodworking program puts at-risk kids to work building bookcases, patio furniture and go-carts. The program also builds self-esteem and a work ethic into the dozens of kids who go through the workshop each year. WHQR's Catherine Welch takes a look at the Kids Making It program as part of our series on area non-profits.
Wilmington, NC – Seeing Eye dogs have helped lead the blind since World War I, when they were first used to guide blind soldiers. Today, dogs are being trained to help people with a disability do laundry and pay bills. These dogs are called service dogs. And in WHQR's series looking at area non-profits, Catherine Welch highlights a Wilmington organization that trains puppies to be the eyes and hands of their disabled partners.
Wilmington, NC – New state laws now in effect toughen penalties for domestic violence. Last year a string of deadly incidents of domestic violence sent shockwaves through the Wilmington area. WHQR's Catherine Welch takes a look at where domestic abuse is happening and the help out there for victims.