Every Wednesday throughout the month of May, we’re taking a close-up look at the pork and poultry industries in southeastern North Carolina. It’s our first ever CoastLine series, and we're focusing on CAFOs – concentrated animal feeding operations. What’s the economic impact? How is it regulated? And how does it affect nearby residents?
According to the most recent report from the North Carolina Labor and Economic Analysis Division, the state unemployment rate decreased in October. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports it dropped slightly to 9.3 percent.
One of Melissa Warren’s ninth grade English students, Juan Morales at South Brunswick High School, says her class is like the Army—you must be on time, you must be prepared, and you must make every second count.
The State Bureau of Investigation’s Donnie Varnell says that out-of-state drug dealers drive to North Carolina to get their fraudulent prescriptions filled. That’s because North Carolina hasn’t required them to show a photo ID.
While the cost of college tuition continues to rise, South Brunswick High School has launched a pilot program for the state’s Career and College Promise initiative to help high school students earn college credit early.
North Carolina’s ports saw increased shipment volumes last year. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that container movements were up 11 percent over 2010 and general breakbulk cargo amounts increased by 8 percent.
Now that Wilmington and a handful of other cities have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina’s new petition process for annexation, WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that the issue will begin to unfold in a Wake County courtroom on Monday.
Today marks the final story in a WHQR News series focusing on some of the 34 new laws that took affect yesterday in North Carolina, including the 2011 Justice Reinvestment Act which was created to reduce spending in the prison system. Sara Wood reports the law significantly changes the way crimes are sentenced in the state.
The WHQR News Team continues a series on laws taking effect tomorrow in North Carolina. Laura’s Law focuses on drunk driving and as Sara Wood reports, it creates a new level of sentencing for defendants with three or more grossly aggravating factors.
To kick-off a series on new laws taking effect in North Carolina on Thursday, WHQR News begins with The Unborn Victims of Violence Act. Sara Wood reports the Unborn Victims of Violence Act or Ethen’s Law has been circulating through the state legislature for 25 years.