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Pender wildfire grows to 10,000 acres; State of Emergency likely

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A wildfire burning in Pender County since the weekend has now grown to about 10,000 acres and is about five miles wide, according to an e-mail from County Manager Rick Benton forwarded to WWAY. Benton also says the so-called Juniper Road Fire is moving toward NC 53 and NC 50 in the Maple Hill area, but no homes are in danger at this time. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Smoke from Pender Co. wildfire drifting all the way to Roanoke Rapids

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Roanoke Rapids Fire Chief Gary Corbet said brush fires to the south and east of Halifax County, which originated Friday, have pushed smoke so high it has managed to drift all the way to Roanoke Rapids and other parts of the Roanoke Valley. Full story...
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Prosecutor in Zahra Baker case charged with DWI in Brunswick Co.

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A chief assistant district attorney - and a lead prosecutor in the Zahra Baker case - was arrested early Tuesday in Sunset Beach and charged with driving while impaired. Full story...
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Drought returns to central North Carolina

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The state Drought Management Agency has issued a drought warning for much of central North Carolina, with rainfall levels nearly 6 inches below average for the year. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Saffo says proposed hotel ship would require funds the city doesn't have

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video The new convention center has brought in a good amount of visitors but one man says his idea will attract even more folks to the center and the rest of the Cape Fear. John Voet says his hotel ship is what Wilmington needs. He’s proposing docking the ship downtown along the river walk. But for now, Mayor Bill Saffo says the city will not be moving forward with Voet's proposal. Full story...
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Trying to impress Buzz at Buzz Peterson basketball camp

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video High school basketball players love coming to UNCW to play on the Trask Coliseum floor. Seahawk head coach Buzz Peterson loves being to watch the players. It's a recruiting perk of having student athletes on campus. Full story...
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Vietnam Vet walks entire east coast, stops in Shallotte

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A Vietnam veteran is walking from Florida all the way up to Maine for a cause close to his heart. This is the second part of Al Slusser's "Great America Walk." Full story...
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Two teachers suddenly dismissed from charter school, parents and teachers speak out

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video After two teachers were suddenly dismissed from a Wilmington charter school, parents, students and faculty are speaking out. Full story...
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Hammerheads win Open Cup thriller

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video The Wilmington Hammerheads beat Charlotte on Tuesday. This wasn't just a typical run of the mill win. This was a come from behind overtime thriller. As a result, the Hammerheads advance in the US Open Cup. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council approves budget

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Council members gave final approval to the $85 million budget they've been working through for months. The tough economy sparked reduced spending. City employees will not receive a pay increase and construction and maintenance costs are cut to a bare minimum. The budget does not call for a property tax increase or layoffs. Full story...
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