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FIRST ON 3: THE GRAVELY AND YOUR TAX $; Thompson backtracks on "ignorant" quote; Berger backtracks on "disgraceful" comment

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Many local politicians have said the money was well spent, and will bring in more than was handed out in sales and room occupancy taxes. Tuesday, New Hanover County Commissioner Jason Thompson told a local newspaper that "the people who can't see that are shortsighted with ignorance and spite and can't look at the common good." Many took that to mean ANYONE who didn't agree with Thompson on that fact was "ignorant". But when we asked him Wednesday who specifically he was talking about, he narrowed it down... Full story...
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Who is Brett Blizzard? Find out TONIGHT on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 11

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video Get ready Wilmington. You're about to get hit with a blizzard, but there's no need to grab your winter coat. It's not a storm. It's Brett Blizzard. He joins the WWAY team Friday night at 11 for our new high school basketball show. It's called the Full Court Press. Full story...
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See 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' on stage and screen

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A beloved Christmas cartoon comes to life this weekend. You can catch the original 1965 animated classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on stage at Cape Fear Community College. Full story...
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Jordan finally to join NC Sports Hall of Fame

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A long overdue honor for one of Wilmington's favorite sons. Michael Jordan is finally being inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Full story...
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Military mailing deadlines approaching

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If you are planning to send a package or letter to a soldier stationed overseas for Christmas, deadlines are fast approaching. Full story...
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Ground Zero worker awaits health care bill vote

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video We just marked the 9th anniversary of September 11th, a date many will never forget. But some of the men and women who responded when the twin towers fell, feel like they've been forgotten now that they need help. A bill sitting in the U.S. Senate could make a huge impact in their lives, even here at home. Full story...
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St. James community outraged over postal service layoffs

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A family of beloved mail carriers in St. James are losing their jobs after a decade of delivering the mail. Folks in the community are outraged. They have started collecting signatures, trying to save the jobs of their local mail carriers. More than 300 people have already signed on. Full story...
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Christmas came early for troops at Camp Lejeune

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video Marines and their families lined up for miles at Camp Lejeune early Wednesday morning, all looking for one thing... Christmas trees. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Your tax $ and the Gravely; Commissioner Thompson - Don't like it? You're "ignorant"

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When asked about approving $25,000 in local tax money to help throw an 11-day party for the Gravely Commissioning, New Hanover Co. Commissioner Jason Thompson told a local newspaper Tuesday, "The people who can't see that (the benefits of the ship's visit) are shortsighted with ignorance and spite and can't look at the common good." Full story...
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Fire destroys restaurant in Calabash

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videoA big fire in a small Brunswick County town damaged a landmark restaurant Tuesday night. About 6:30 p.m. a fire call came into Brunswick County Dispatch. It was Captain John's in Calabash. Full story...
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