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Archive - Jul 15, 2009

Possible break in auto insurance rates

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We could be getting a break on our auto insurance rates. Under an agreement between the State Insurance Commissioner and the insurance industry, North Carolina auto insurance rates will be rolled back to levels of about three years ago and frozen until 2011. Full story...
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Community college challenges as enrollments increase

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videoA college degree may help you get a stable job in our area these days. That is why students are coming out in droves to register early for classes at area community colleges. That is creating some challenges. Full story...
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Breaking down the education lottery money

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videoThere's still no state budget in Raleigh as lawmakers try to figure out how to pay for North Carolina's spending. One of the biggest issues has been education funding, and many are wondering where the billion dollars for education from the lottery has gone. Full story...
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Alternatives for replacing that busted cell phone

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videoIf our cell phones stop working, we often get anxious to go to the store to buy a new one. But there are other ways to replace your phone without having to drop a couple hundred dollars. Full story...
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Protecting historic artifacts from flooding

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videoIn the event of a hurricane, many of us have a plan for protecting our homes and valuables. But what about historic artifacts housed in city buildings like the Cape Fear Museum? Full story...
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State Superintendent goes to court

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Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson got her day in court. She is North Carolina's elected, but largely powerless education leader and she is trying to force Governor Perdue to put her back in charge of running the state's education policy.

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Troubleshooters Update: Howard's Towing

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There is an update on a Troubleshooters report we first brought you last week. A Wilmington family called to complain about Howard's Towing. Carolina Beach Police Department called Howard's to pull Scott Brown's SUV out of a retention pond, after he had a stroke and wrecked. Full story...
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Boiling Spring Lakes family survives after run-in with two horses

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We all know the hazards of deer on our local highways, especially at night. But Tuesday evening a local woman had a terrifying run-in with a pair of horses. Full story...
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Dogs test positive for distemper at local animal shelter

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The Brunswick County Animal Shelter is on lock down after two dogs tested positive for a virus. Two dogs adopted last week tested positive for distemper, a highly contagious respiratory disease. Full story...
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Police looking for suspected killer, Tyshawn Gause arrangements set

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Wilmington Police said they believe they know who killed 17-year-old Tyshawn Gause over the weekend, Now, they need your help finding him. Officers are looking for Leroy Sampson. Full story...
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UNCW camp inspires kids to sea art

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A day at camp turned into an art lesson from a pro, for some area kids. UNCW's Marine Quest Camp hosted it's first Art Sea Camp program. Kids were able to get their hands dirty with a local artist who taught them metal sculpting. Full story...
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Marino on Money: July 15

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videoThis week we are talking about FDIC insurance. Last year, the limit was increased from $100k to $250k. This increase was meant to be temporary. By law, it will return to $100k on January 1st, 2010, but there are a couple of exceptions. Retirement accounts, such as an IRA will still be covered up to $250k. Full story...
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Pender County's plan for boat ramp stalled

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Pender County's plans to purchase a boat ramp in Hampstead is at a stand still. The county is hoping to purchase about seven acres along Lewis Road for a boat ramp and parking. Full story...
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Inmates at Brunswick County Jail not contagious, on antibiotics

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Brunswick County health officials are trying to keep tuberculosis under lock and key at the county jail. After a former inmate tested positive for the infection, more than four hundred other inmates and employees were tested. Full story...
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Big time fun and learning at Cape Fear Museum

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Some campers had the chance to play with a few larger than life toys while learning about science today. Spec 6 campers from Jacksonville stopped by the Cape Fear Museum to play with some giant folk toys. Full story...
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