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Archive - Mar 8, 2012

Woman collects more than 40,000 butts off beach; says ban is necessary

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videoThe warmer weather means it's finally beach season, and that means thousands of people will make their way to Wrightsville Beach. As the town prepares for the 2012 tourist season, the Board of Aldermen are also considering a new smoking ban. Locals say they plan to speak out about this ban tonight at a public hearing. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Wilmington woman part of lawsuit on military sex assaults, harassment

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videoGang rape, harassment and sexual assault. Those are among the allegations from eight women in a lawsuit filed this week against the Department of Defense. The suit filed Tuesday claims military officials, including the current and former secretaries of Defense, ignored the rampant problem of sexual assaults. Full story...
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Federal probe finds NC courts discriminate

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A federal investigation has determined the North Carolina court system routinely discriminates against those who do not speak English, resulting in harsher penalties and longer jail sentences. Full story...
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As governor, legislature fight for ferry fares, business owners worry

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videoIt hasn't happened yet, but riding a ferry in North Carolina could soon cost more. The legislature required the Department of Transportation to raise more revenue from ferry riders, but a recent executive order by the governor has temporarily stopped that plan. People in southport are still worried about the possibility of a hike. Full story...
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Brunswick Co. Sheriff hosting charity ball to benefit the SECU Hospice House

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Proceeds of this event will benefit the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter’s SECU Hospice House of Brunswick. This 20,000 square foot inpatient facility will add to Brunswick County’s continuum of health care options. Full story...
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Hoggard teacher assistant suspended after incident

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New Hanover County Schools has suspended a teacher assistant today at John T. Hoggard High School pending the outcome of an investigation. Full story...
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NASA experiment may be visible in the Cape Fear

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Skywatchers in Wilmington and along the East Coast may be able to see a NASA experiment that will launch a series of rockets to learn more about the little-understood jet stream winds that circle the Earth at the edge of space. Full story...
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Courthouse to reopen Friday after beetle infestation

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videoThe New Hanover County Courthouse will be crawling with people again tomorrow, after it had been crawling with bugs. That's the problem that closed the courthouse today. But what was a bed bug scare turned out to be an infestation by a different pest. Full story...
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Pender deputies check rumor of disruption at Topsail High School

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Pender County Sheriff's deputies are at Topsail High School after the staff heard rumors of what a school district spokeswoman called "a disruption" during the school day. Full story...
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NC judge releases terrorism beheading plot suspect

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A federal judge is allowing the release of a North Carolina woman charged in a plot to behead witnesses who testified against a homegrown terrorist. Full story...
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NC Auditor report criticizes rural Vanpool program

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The North Carolina auditor's office says a state program that provides transportation service to rural areas was grossly mismanaged. Full story...
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Dog dies in Wilmington house fire

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A house fire in Wilmington this morning killed a family pet. The fire started around 9 a.m. at a home on Hinton Ave. Crews had it out by about 9:30 a.m. Full story...
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Lane closures on US 17/74/76 bridges near Leland Sunday

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The NC Department of Transportation will temporarily close the northbound and southbound lanes on the US 17/74/76 Bridges across the Brunswick River in Leland Sunday from 9 p.m. until midnight. One lane of traffic in each direction will remain open at all times. Full story...
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Donald Trump is ready to bet on Charlotte property

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The Charlotte Observer reports Trump was in the suburb of Mooresville on Wednesday to lobby residents of The Point Lake and Golf Club to let him buy the property. Members are expected to vote on a sale at the end of the month. Full story...
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