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Archive - Dec 18, 2009

Thalian Hall renovation project kicks into high gear

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video City Hall aka Thalian Hall, looks nice and tranquil on the outside, but inside it's quite another matter. Full story...
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Hundreds line up for help with holiday gifts

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videoFor hundreds of local families, Friday was Christmas. Thanks to donations from the community, needy children will have gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. Full story...
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Downtown Wilmington decorated with new art

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Out with the old, in with the new: downtown Wilmington is now decorated with new pedestrian art. Five new statues can be found scattered around the streets of the city. Full story...
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New software helps parents prevent kids from texting while driving

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video Texting while driving has been illegal in North Carolina for about two weeks now, but questions over how it can be enforced still remain. Now, new software is putting power in the hands of parents. Full story...
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Staff reductions, furlough days have New Hanover County residents paying

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videoTo help meet a $21 million budget shortfall, New Hanover County offered employees early retirement, laid others off, and issued mandatory furlough days. While the cuts helped balance the budget, county residents might still end up '”paying”. Full story...
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Students, faculty observe Pender County teacher

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Students and faculty at Pender High School observed a moment of silence Friday to honor long-time teacher Daisy Larkins. Full story...
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US Army Reserves reads Polar Express to Wilmington students

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The Polar Express is a popular children's book this time of year, but not everyone is lucky enough to hear it told by an actual railroad conductor. Friday morning, members of the U.S. Army Reserves... Full story...
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Progress Energy says goodbye coal, hello natural gas

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The company plans to retire its coal-fired units and replace them with structures fueled by natural gas. The company says the project will bring construction jobs to the area. Full story...
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Columbus County man charged with murder, arson

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Jerrod Steven Long was arrested Thursday night for the murder of Andre Dunn. Dunn was found dead in his burnt- out trailer home in early November. Full story...
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How happy is your state?

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A new study has found which states are the happiest. The results are based on an examination of two data sets, one that included personal reports of happiness for 1.3 million Americans... Full story...
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NC colleges hear about illegal immigrants policy

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The panel that oversees operations of North Carolina's community colleges hears from the public about plans to admit illegal immigrants if they pay the full cost. Full story...
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Computer server for NC colleges hacked

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Authorities say a hacker accessed a computer server for North Carolina community colleges containing the personal information of nearly 51,000 people. Full story...
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NC jobless rate falls back to 10.8 percent in November

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North Carolina's unemployment rate dipped slightly in November but hovered near its historic peak of around 11 percent for a 10th straight month. Full story...
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NC lawyers petition state's high court on inmates

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The state attorney general's office is petitioning the North Carolina Supreme Court to block the release of two convicted murderers. Full story...
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Pender County teacher involved in fatal car wreck

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A Pender County teacher is dead after a car accident on North College Road. 60 year old Daisy Smith Larkins of Rocky Point hit a piece of construction equipment on North College... Full story...
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