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Archive - Nov 15, 2011

Six-month moratorium approved for Wilmington's sign ordinance

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Among some big issues on tonight's Wilmington City Council agenda was the city's sign ordinance for businesses. Full story...
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Governor discusses college plan during visit to Laney

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The governor recently launched the "Career and College Promise." It lets high school students get a head start on a college education. Students can earn tuition-free course credits at community colleges, which can go toward a four-year degree. Full story...
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UNCW back to normal after lockdown overnight

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Things were back to normal at UNC Wilmington today hours after police searched for an armed robbery suspect on campus prompting a lockdown. It all started when a man reportedly robbed two women at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Hardee's on South College Road. They say he headed toward the woods on campus, which led campus police to an issue a campuswide alert. Full story...
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Family, investigators split on 10-year-old's death

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video A Columbus County family is grieving tonight after the death of a 10-year-old girl. Loved ones say they found Jasmine McClain last night hanging by a belt in her room. The family says the girl's death was an accident, but investigators believe it's was intentional. Full story...
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Big Talker FM, other Sea-Comm stations, sold to Davis Media

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The buyer for five SEA-COMM MEDIA stations in Wilmington is DAVIS MEDIA, LLC. The deal, widely reported last week with no specific buyer named, has yet to be filed with the FCC and no price was disclosed. Full story...
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Progress Energy raising rates

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Following two years of price reductions, Progress Energy Carolinas customers in North Carolina will pay slightly more for electricity beginning Dec. 1, reflecting increases in the cost of power plant fuel and energy-efficiency programs. Full story...
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Brunswick Co. fire victim died from smoke

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An autopsy shows a man killed in a Sunday fire in Brunswick County died of smoke inhalation. Full story...
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Governor says Burgaw small business model for job creation

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video With the economy continuing to falter and jobs still hard to come by, some folks are getting creative on how to make a buck. One company in our area is taking a load off those who don't know how to cook, and has even gotten the governor's attention. Full story...
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Global Nuclear Fuel won't contest NRC fine

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Federal regulators wants to fine a Wilmington-based Global Nuclear Fuel. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $17,500 civil penalty against Global Nuclear Fuel–Americas LLC for violations of NRC requirements related to a March incident at the fuel manufacturing facility. Full story...
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Smartphones key in smart shopping this Christmas

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video We're still a couple weeks from Thanksgiving, but the holiday shopping season is underway. If you're looking for help, forget the computer. Just pull out your Smartphone. More shoppers are turning to their phones to find the best deals, coupons and gift ideas, and retailers are catching on. Full story...
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Occupy Wilmington issues first news release

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The General Assembly of Occupy Wilmington NC, with a current member total of over 1,000 residents in Wilmington and surrounding areas, has voted to file 501c3 and pursue nonprofit status as the first step in a long term program for financial and economic change that must start on a local level. Full story...
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UPDATE: Students to report to class as usual, after search for gunman locks down UNCW

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Classes are going on as scheduled at UNC Wilmington after the campus was locked down overnight. The security measure was put in place around midnight after a man reportedly robbed at least one person in the parking lot of a Hardee's on South College Road and then ran off through campus. Full story...
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Hertford police chief fired over Facebook link

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Hertford's town manager says the police chief has been fired because he linked a news report about a town's council candidate's arrest to the police department's Facebook page. Full story...
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Deal gives BofA rights to Charlotte airport ATMs

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A deal to give Bank of America exclusive rights to all automated teller machines at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is expected to provide the airport with $1.6 million in annual revenue, more than twice what it now makes. Full story...
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Wilmington council considers $1.2M for bonuses, employee party

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video If council approves the $1.2 million, the majority of city employees will get $1,000 come December. The city also plans to use up to $7,000 of the money for an employee appreciation party. Full story...
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