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Pender County men may be next American Inventors

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A Burgaw man has the chance to win one million dollars for inventing a new children's game. He's debuting his creation on ABC's American Inventor. Full story...
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Brunswick County School Board wants to raise dropout age

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How old should a teenager be before he is allowed to drop out of school? Tuesday night the school board voted unanimously to support new legislation that would raise the dropout age. A bill in the general assembly would increase the dropout age from 16 to 18. Officials in Brunswick County hope it will keep kids in school. Full story...
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20 endangered sea turtles released

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Emaciated, sickly and near death -- that's how sea turtles arrive at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Hospital. They usually leave healthy and ready for a chance at a new life. Full story...
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Columbus County fighting identity theft

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It's a growing problem across the country affecting thousands each year: identity theft. Identity theft can easily happen to you, but one county wants to make sure it doesn't happen to senior citizens. Full story...
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Firefighters denied pay increase

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A sea of yellow shirts greeted Wilmington City Council members at their meeting last night. Dozens of firefighters turned out, asking the city council to raise their salaries in the new budget. Firefighters, their families and friends walked to Tuesday's City Council meeting, all wearing yellow T-shirts showing solidarity. Full story...
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Local magnet school misses out on grant, wins another

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A New Hanover County school just lost out on potentially winning a $2 million grant and is now looking for additional funding to help improve its programs. Full story...
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Scholarship Scams

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It’s the time of the year for scholarship scams as new high school grads gear up for college. Full story...
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Pender County adding voting precincts

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Long lines at the voting booths in Pender County during the last presidential election has brought about some changes. You may be voting elsewhere: Elections officials say back in 2004 some county residents had to wait more than four hours to cast their ballot. Full story...
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Local leaders take food stamp challenge

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Could you survive on $21 a week for food? Cape Fear area leaders put food stamps to the test. Last Tuesday some local leaders began the "food stamp challenge." Full story...
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UNCW assistant provost suspended

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A statement UNCW administrators gave NewsChannel 3 says Adrian Sherman has been relieved of his duties as assistant provost in the international programs department. Full story...
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Brunswick County senior community grows

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It's the 14th fastest growing county in the nation and Brunswick County officials say they're making accommodations for an older crowd. Full story...
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Law enforcement agencies join Sable helicopter program

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As crime numbers go up, so do local law enforcement agencies in their fight against crime. More area departments are joining Chief Ralph Evangelous and the Wilmington Police Department in patrolling from the sky. Full story...
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Report: Violent crime up in 2006

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The FBI says the United States was a more dangerous place last year. A new report finds an alarming increase in violent crime for 2006 -- especially in cities. Murders are up. Robberies have skyrocketed. For the second straight year, violent crime is on the rise. Full story...
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Weekend rain not enough to lift water restrictions

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The weekend rain wasn't enough to lift the water restrictions in parts of New Hanover County. The county's mandatory water restriction has been in place since last week, but still, people are unsure of how it affects them. Full story...
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Hampstead fire department asking for tax increase

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The Hampstead Fire Department Board of Directors is asking the Pender County Commissioners to approve a district wide 25 percent tax increase. Full story...
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