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The Rant: June 11, 2012

Forced annexation is dead in North Carolina. It's the end of a long and costly battle.

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Marino On Money: Fiscal Fitness

With spring comes warmer weather, and a lot of us like to make that a good excuse to be more physically active. But it's also a great time to get your finances in peak fitness too. Certified financial planner Ross Marino joins us with a workout regimen that will have you... and your wallet... feeling great.
www.rossmarino.com

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Mrs. Wilmington wins Mrs. North Carolina

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Wilmington resident Corinne Edwards was crowned the new Mrs. North Carolina United States 2012 on June 1st at Newton-Conover Auditorium in Newton, NC. Full story...
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SBI investigating BSL police chief

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The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations against Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Emmett Ballree. SBI spokeswoman Noelle Talley confirmed the investigation, which she said was request by a Superior Court judge and the District Attorney. Full story...
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Neighbors say curve where deputy died a problem before

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video A Bladen County family and the Sheriff's Office is in mourning after the death of a deputy over the weekend. Dep. Dewayne Hester died Friday night while responding to a call near Elizabethtown. Full story...
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Ballpark petition farther from goal than thought

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The group behind a petition to block taxpayer money for a ballpark in Wilmington is farther from its goal than originally thought. After double-checking, the Board of Elections now says the petition is 45 signatures short. Full story...
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Body found at Greenfield Lake Park identified

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Wilmington Police have identified the body found this morning at Greenfield Lake Park. The body was found under a covered picnic area near the playground before 6:30 a.m. Full story...
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Mexican cartels using small NC towns to traffic drugs

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videoWilmington certainly fits the bill for a cartel sub-hub. It has the obligatory major thoroughfare, I-40, which runs all the way to Barstow, CA, 2,500 miles away. Wilmington's Latinos constitute only around 6 percent of the city's population, but outlying counties like Cumberland, Sampson and Duplin have watched their Latino numbers skyrocket in the past two decades. Employment -- construction in the city and farming in the counties -- is the big draw. Full story...
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