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ONLY ON 3: You voted for a bond to build a pool; City Council decides to use the money for cross-city trail

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video Back in 2006, Wilmington voters went to the polls and approved a $35.5 million recreation bond, $700,000 of which was designed to go towards building a natatorium. But, because of the broad language in the bond order, Wilmington City Council, led by Mayor Bill Saffo, voted Tuesday night to spend the $700,000 now on finishing the cross-city trail, even though voters approved it for a pool. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Wilmington City Attorney "too tired" to answer tough questions after council meeting

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When we took the mayor the bond language and asked him to show it to us, he told us the only person that could answer that question was City Attorney Carolyn Johnson. So, we went to Johnson to ask her, but she rudely responded that she was "too tired" to answer our question. Full story...
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NC House approves changes recommended for SBI lab

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Operational and oversight changes at North Carolina's crime laboratory recommended by a task force have been approved unanimously by the state lawmakers. Full story...
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Governor proposes free community college promise

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video Getting an associate's degree may soon become a little easier to afford. In last night's State of the State address, Gov. Bev Perdue proposed a "Career and College Promise" that guarantees a free community college education to some North Carolina students. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council looks to change park bond money

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Wilmington City Council has justified spending money on parks and other projects with the 2006 voter-approved Parks and Rec Bond. At its meeting tonight, though, the council wants to change how $700,000 of that bond money will be spent. Full story...
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Coast Guard advises of dredging operations on Cape Fear River

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The Coast Guard is advising mariners that dredging operations will be conducted on the Cape Fear River from February 18 to April 30. Full story...
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Former Michigan reporter reflects on stay at "Tops'l"

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CHANGE COMES slowly to a place like Tops'l, but it also comes surely. The island is a bit like Pinocchio's nose -- it keeps growing. In the past three decades, drifting sand has added about a mile of new land to the island's southern tip. It's a marvelous place to catch fish and sunsets. Full story...
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Prescribed burn at UNCW

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If you live near UNCW and saw smoke in the air, no need to be alarmed. The school is working with the Division of Forest Resources on a prescribed burn in the pine forest on campus. Full story...
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Surf City Police bust alleged meth lab

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Surf City Police say they've arrested five people for running a meth lab. Full story...
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NC state workers offer $10B-plus in savings ideas

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Ending special corporate tax breaks, consolidating health services and allowing four-day workweeks are among ideas the union representing North Carolina state employees says could close next year's budget gap without layoffs. Full story...
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