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Archive - Sep 12, 2011

FIRST ON 3: B.J. Wright has another brush with the law over the weekend

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video B.J. Wright is on the radar again. Sunday morning around 1:00 a.m., he was riding with a woman named Crystal Gayle Lee when state troopers say Lee ran a checkpoint. They chased Lee and Wright and eventually Lee decided to pull over. Full story...
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SpongeBob makes kids slow thinkers, study finds

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He may be one of the longest-running, best-loved cartoons in Nickelodeon history, but SpongeBob SquarePants is getting no love from child psychologists. According to research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, watching fast-paced cartoons like SpongeBob, even for just a few minutes, hinders abstract thinking, short-term memory and impulse control in preschoolers. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Titan says Obama's overturn of controversial EPA regulation won't help or hurt

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video President Barack Obama scrapped his administration's controversial plans to tighten smog rules earlier this month, bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and some business leaders. "It neither complicates nor simplifies our permitting process – it has no impact," says Carolinas Cement Company President Bob Odom. Full story...
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War veteran shares her unique story with UNCW students

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video Jennifer Crane is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. As a victim of post-traumatic stress disorder, Crane now travels the country trying to raise awareness about what many service members are going through in their post-war lives. Full story...
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Bill puts limit on House Speaker and Senate Leader terms

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The House speaker and Senate leader in the North Carolina General Assembly would be limited to serving at most eight consecutive years in their top posts in legislation approved by the state Senate. Full story...
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NC program aimed at removing litter from highways

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The state of North Carolina is launching a new program to rid some of its busiest highways of trash. Full story...
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NC congresswoman canceled 9/11 appearances after threatening story

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A North Carolina congresswoman says she canceled all her appearances at 9/11 anniversary events because she was named in a threatening Iranian state newspaper article. Full story...
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NC judges to hear innocence cases from 2 men

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Lawyers for two North Carolina men say they pleaded guilty to murder charges because they were afraid of ending up on death row. Full story...
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Sharks rank in top 15 for attendance

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Final attendance numbers are in for the Wilmington Sharks summer league baseball squad. The Sharks finished in the top 15 nationally among all the summer baseball teams. Full story...
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UNCW creates position to focus on community partnerships

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington has hired Jennifer B. Harris to fill a new position of Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships. She will join the university Monday, Sept. 19. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Barfield travels a lot, but commission costs well under budget

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There has been talk that New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield has been traveling a lot and may have caused the county to overspend its travel budget. So we looked into Barfield's expenses. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Asian Needle Ant becoming a growing problem in Carolinas

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A growing species of ant is invading the Carolinas and could have a more dangerous sting than the fire ant or honeybee. Full story...
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Sports memorabilia exhibit opens at UNCW

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A collection primarily focused on memorabilia from college and professional football and basketball is on display at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Full story...
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UPDATE: Carolina Beach leaders to look at numbers before decision on billing error

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Town Manager Tim Owens says the billing department recently discovered customers were not billed enough for water and sewer services. The Town raised rates in their 2010/2011 fiscal year budget, but didn't adjust the rates in the billing system. That means some customers paid lower rates. Owens noted that. Full story...
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PPD's outlook is strong, analyst says

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While rumors persist about drug researcher PPD’s possible takeover by a private equity group, an analyst report this week suggests the company has room to expand as its clients increase their research and development funding. Full story...
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