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FIRST ON 3: Wilmington Chamber asking for Arts Council support; But only if government ponies up tax dollars too

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The Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce sent an email out today (copy below) encouraging business members to join them in pledging their support for a local arts council. But they'll only have to ante up if local government does too. Full story...
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UNCW Surf Team wins East Coast Championships; Headed to Nationals in June

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The nationally-ranked surf team took home the first place title for the third consecutive year at the 2011 National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) East Coast Championships held in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Full story...
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2011 season starts Saturday for Hammerheads

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video After a one year absence the Wilmington Hammerheads are back. They'll start the regular season at Legion Stadium on Saturday with a home game against the Rochester Rhinos. Full story...
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SATURDAY: Protect yourself from Identity Theft

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We want to help protect you from being a victim of Identity Theft. We're teaming up with Crescent State Bank and DTS Data Technology and are hosting a Spring Shred Day Saturday at the bank location at 1508 Military Cutoff Road from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Full story...
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UPDATE: Study Barfield cited on Gravely impact doesn't exist

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This morning on "The Big Talker FM," New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield referenced an economic study the county did on the USS Gravely's visit. He said the commission used the study to help justify giving the commissioning committee $25,000 to help host their parties. Problem is, no one knows what study he's talking about. Full story...
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Bill would make NC 11th graders take national test

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The North Carolina Legislature this year took away several end-of-course standardized tests high schoolers must take. Now lawmakers are considering adding new ones that educators say will more accurately measure student performance. Full story...
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Former state superintendent Craig Phillips dies at 88

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Former state education superintendent Craig Phillips died this morning in Wilmington. He was 88. Full story...
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NC fight brews over who benefits from health pool

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The North Carolina health insurance marketplace for individuals and small businesses taking shape in the General Assembly is drawing howls from consumer advocates. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Gas prices close in on $3.80 a gallon in Wilmington

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Gas prices continue to climb this week and are closing in on $3.80 a gallon at many stations across the city. Full story...
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The Rant: April 11, 2011

It was a good weekend here at WWAY. Not only were we immersed in the Azalea Festival and all its many events. We also won five North Carolina Associated Press Broadcast News Awards. WWAY's Kevin Wuzzardo has more in tonight's edition of The Rant.