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We continue our coverage on GenX, a chemical compound discovered in the region’s water supply. The story was first reported by the StarNews. Today we explore what state and federal agencies are doing about this potential health hazard.

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GenX. No, we don’t mean Generation X. GenX is a chemical compound we first reported on yesterday. That’s when the StarNews reported on this toxic contaminant that has been found in the Cape Fear River. It’s a key ingredient in Teflon, linked to cancer. It gets into the river at a plant 100 miles upstream. 

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Many of us have heard that playing Mozart for a baby in utero can help with brain development.  We’ve heard that plants do better when classical music is played vs. hard rock. 

It’s the time of year when municipalities and counties are putting the finishing touches on their budgets for the next fiscal year. 

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The StarNews has broken a story about a potentially-cancer-causing chemical in southeastern North Carolina’s drinking water supply. According to a piece published by Vaughan Hagerty at starnewsonline.com, a chemical replacement for a key ingredient in Teflon linked to cancer and a host of other ailments has been found in the drinking water system of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. 

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The 2017 North Carolina Republican Convention in downtown Wilmington brought the state legislative leadership to the floor Saturday morning. 

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Lara Trump is in charge of President Donald Trump’s digital campaign strategy.  The Wrightsville Beach native says the Trump Campaign for 2020 is already in high gear.

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Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Donald Trump, spoke to a room of about a thousand people at the 2017 North Carolina Republican Convention this weekend.   During her speech, she encouraged potential candidates to ignore naysayers.

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There was one basic theme at the state’s GOP Convention over the weekend, one point not to be denied.  There was one name not to be taken in vain at the GOP convention. That name was Trump.

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The state’s Republican Party wrapped up their annual convention Sunday in Wilmington. They re-elected their party chairman, and reaffirmed their platform.  

Robin Hayes will serve another two-year term as the party’s chairman. The former Congressman was re-elected Saturday afternoon.

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More than 1,000 Republican delegates attended the GOP Convention this weekend in Wilmington. Also, around 40 protestors gathered to express their view. 

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The North Carolina State Republican Convention got underway today at the Wilmington Convention Center. 

In March, we celebrated Bach's birthday with our "Bach Lunch." What fun we had, and what a treat to have classical lovers and the classical-curious visit at lunchtime to hear a mini-concert. We've decided to continue the practice-so join us at Noon on Friday, June 9th at WHQR. Three guest musicians from the Port City Music Festival will perform for us: Luigi Mazzocchi (Violin), Kyle Engler (Mezzo Soprano), and Daniel Lau (Piano).

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Earlier this week, more than 30 people, including North Carolina NAACP President Reverend William Barber, were arrested at the State Capitol for demanding that the Republican-led legislature expand Medicaid. 

As lawmakers in Washington wrangle over exactly when and how to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something else, state-level officials are scrambling to anticipate the fallout. 

At the same time, auto insurers in the state are seeking a nearly 14% hike in rates from the North Carolina Rate Bureau which, if approved, would go into effect this fall.

Wilmington, for a few days, is the center of the Republican Party universe. On Friday more than 1,300 party members will roll into town for the state’s GOP Convention.  The party has brought in some big names to rally the troops.

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A quick sweep of news headlines about guns in North Carolina shows stacks of stories about illegally-obtained weapons.  Two men made national news earlier this month by breaking into two gun shops in North Carolina and stealing more than 100 weapons.  They were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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Every year, the Historic Wilmington Foundation releases a list of the region’s threatened historic sites. It’s their way of bringing attention to old homes and buildings that need protection to be saved and preserved.  “So the 2017 most threatened historic places for the Historic Wilmington Foundation is as follows ….” 

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In the past month, there have been six shootings in Wilmington – and one life lost to gun violence. But how do local and state authorities screen gun permit applicants? On this week's CoastLine, UNCW Psychology Professor Richard Ogle outlined the difficulties in identifying those who are more prone to violence. 

After mass shootings in the news, there’s often a call to address the mental health of the perpetrator. But Professor Ogle says simply flagging gun permit applicants with a history of mental illness isn’t the solution:

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New Hanover County’s new fiscal year begins July 1. That means county commissioners will vote June 19 on the new proposed budget. That budget was supposed to be on the agenda at a June 5 public hearing, however the commissioners canceled that session. 

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The politics of budgeting for city and county government in the Cape Fear region may have some clashing priorities. 

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When New Hanover County Commissioners meet on June 19 to vote on a new county budget, they will be doing so without holding the customary public hearing two weeks in advance. The scheduled June 5 public hearing was cancelled. 

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Our guest on this edition of CoastLine holds the title of Special Correspondent at NPR.  But if you’re an All Things Considered listener, you will probably recognize her voice as the one paired with Robert Siegel – for more than a decade -- from 2003 to 2015. 

David Gessner’s life is about the wild – and wildness.  You may know him first as a nature writer from the books All The Wild That Remains or My Green Manifesto or

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NPR listeners know the name Melissa Block. She’s been with the network for 32 years. This week the public radio veteran visited WHQR.  Block’s current work on NPR is Our Land, a special series that looks to capture how people's identity is shaped by where they live.

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There is a new 6,000 pound monument along the waterfront in Downtown Wilmington. It’s one that seafarers say has been a long time coming, dedicated to the Merchant Marines. The Monument had been discussed for years, but it took a retired local captain to make it happen.

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On Wednesday morning, the Wilmington Police Department announced another tool in the battle against the region’s opioid epidemic. It’s called LEAD, and it involves a variety of agencies.

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What do you get when you put six judges and seven entrepreneurs in a room together? A Small Business Administration pitch contest. It was all happening at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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More than 90 percent of people think it is important to talk about end-of-life care.  Fewer than 30 percent actually do it.  That’s according to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a Massachusetts-based independent nonprofit.

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The business of publishing news is radically changing.  That’s present-tense.  We all know the old hometown local paper has undergone what could fairly be called profound transformation – but it’s still going on and what the Executive Editor of the StarNews in Wilmington calls “a period of disruption” continues. 

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