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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: R3 CEO Robin Grathwol - MISSING: DAY 4

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Robin Grathwol, you promised the people of New Hanover County your company, R3, would take care of their trash in a new and exciting way. You promised you'd be able to sift through it, turn some of it into energy and recycle the rest. You promised you'd eventually be able to get rid of our landfill. Now it appears your company can't live up to what it promised. Full story...
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STORMTRACK 3: Spotty power outages and strong winds reported in southeastern NC

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Strong storms affected much of the state Thursday. Full story...

Talk about long distance; Azalea Festival Queen calls in from China

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videoThis year's Azalea Festival Queen is former Miss America Heather French Henry. When Heather was crowned Miss Kentucky and Miss America in 2000, WWAY’s Chris Phillips was working in Louisville and interviewed her there. He spoke with her again yesterday over the phone. She's in China doing business but will soon be here to receive her crown. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Thieves target trucks, containers near port

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videoSeveral 18-wheeler freight trucks and containers have been stolen near the State Port of Wilmington. The victims say it smells a little fishy. Full story...
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Recalled beef sold in North Carolina

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A southern Kansas packing plant has recalled more than 7 tons of ground beef products after lab tests detected E. coli. Full story...
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NC education budget options elicit sharp response

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Eliminating $1.3 billion in temporary taxes for next year's North Carolina state budget is leading to some sobering options about where to cut, particularly in public education. Full story...
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'One Tree Hill' goes back to the future at downtown set

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For years "One Tree Hill" has called a Wilmington storefront home. For the first half of the show's run, the location at the southeast corner of Front and Grave Streets served as the set for the fictional Karen's Cafe. Now, though, the set has gone back in time. Full story...
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R3 calls "being held accountable" Yellow Journalism

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R3 finally spoke up today. But not to taxpayers of this county via the media about missing deadlines or the lack of financing. No, it chose to lash out at the media via Facebook. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: The news release from the consultants which recommended R3 to New Hanover County

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"There are some very interesting aspects of the R3 innovative technology proposal as it pertains to recycling potential, carbon credits and renewable energy credits, and significant long-term cost benefits to the County," stated Bob Brickner, GBB Executive Vice President and GBB’s lead consultant on the County project. Full story...
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State Recycling Director warned New Hanover County last summer that R3 was a risk

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"New Hanover County is going to be taking a risk. I would be the last to say it can't work. It may, but there's not a proven track record. If I was going to buy the newest car with the best gadgets, that could also fly and go underwater, I would make sure it worked first." Full story...
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