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Wilmington, NC – As Wilmington grows at a rapid pace, there's one residential neighborhood in the heart of the city that's trying to find its own identity amongst the empty lots. WHQR's Catherine Welch has more.

Wilmington, NC – U-S Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt says North Carolina will receive $2.5 million in federal funds to boost plans for pandemic flu preparedness.

Leavitt made the announcement at the state's first pandemic flu summit today in Raleigh. He says preparation on a state and local level is key to surviving a pandemic that could last up to a year.

Wilmington, NC – North Carolina is among 21 states that allow paddling in schools, although many of the state's most populous counties have outlawed the practice.

The group spearheading a statewide ban, Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education, has stepped up its online campaign and intends to present legislation next fall.

According to PTVAE's North Carolina Coordinator, Peggy Dean, the legislature voted on a bill to study the situation last year.

Courtesy: New Hanover Public Library

Wilmington, NC – Our series Mondays with Claude pulls out of the archive some of Claude Howell's most beloved commentaries along with reflections from the people who knew him best.

Born in 1915, Claude Howell was a Wilmington resident who lived most of his life in room #44 of the historic Carolina Apartments.

A painter who captured on canvas the light and life of North Carolina, Claude Howell was widely considered the Dean of North Carolina painting.

Courtesy: Star-News

Wilmington, NC – Born in 1915, Claude Howell was a Wilmington resident who lived most of his life in room #44 of the historic Carolina Apartments.

A painter who captured on canvas the light and life of North Carolina, Claude Howell was widely considered the Dean of North Carolina painting.

But Claude was also a compulsive writer. A man who starting at the age of 10 meticulously wrote journals filled with everything he did. More than 300 of those journal entries were turned into commentaries recorded for WHQR.

Wilmington, NC – For anyone who ever tried hiding army men in the family piano as a kid or figured out how to make ghost noises on the flute, the Chamber Music Society of Wilmington is playing your song.

Wilmington, NC – Insurance Commissioner Jim Long says the state needs to adopt provisions requiring either plywood, shutters or impact resistant windows for new homes in coastal areas.

The Department of Insurance says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has warned that homes destroyed by flying debris could loose out on federal assistance unless the provisions are adopted.

Courtesy: Star-News

Wilmington, NC – Born in 1915, Claude Howell was a Wilmington resident who lived most of his life in room #44 of the historic Carolina Apartments.

A painter who captured on canvas the light and life of North Carolina, Claude Howell was widely considered the Dean of North Carolina painting.

Claude was also a compulsive writer. A man who starting at the age of 10, meticulously wrote journals filled with everything he did. More than 300 of those journal entries were turned into commentaries recorded for WHQR.

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