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Archive - Mar 2012

Foreclosures in Wilmington on the rise

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A new housing report out today indicates foreclosure rates in the Wilmington area are on the rise. These figures, coming from CoreLogic, show foreclosure rates in January 2012 at nearly three percent. Full story...
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Winston-Salem seeks sale of 2 sports venues

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Winston-Salem officials are determined to sell two city-owned sports arenas to universities in town. Full story...
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NC picking up pace returning tax refund checks

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North Carolina's tax collectors are doing a better job of cutting checks for people who are due refunds. Full story...
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NC agency hears from public on fracking study

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The state environmental agency is listening to the public's response to a natural gas drilling technique that could create jobs but carries pollution risks. Full story...
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Hurricane officials: No more tape for windows

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Officials with the National Hurricane Center have a message for residents living in hurricane-prone areas: Don't tape your windows. Full story...
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NASA launches suborbital rockets from Virginia

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After several delays, NASA has launched five rockets from Virginia that are part of a study of the upper level jet stream. Full story...
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First NC town bans cellphones while driving

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Chapel Hill will be the first North Carolina community to ban using cellphones while driving when a local ordinance takes effect in June. Full story...
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No fireworks at Belville Commission meeting, just cake

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The Belville Board of Commissioners met Monday night, and things went smoothly. It was the first meeting since Belville Mayor Jack Batson filed charges against Commissioner Joe Breault. Full story...
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Experts on both sides of gay marriage debate square off in forum

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Experts on both sides of the gay marriage debate in North Carolina are squaring off on the same stage for what may be the last time before a May 8 vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex unions. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Prank call costs Leland hotel thousands of dollars in damage, lost business

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video It's not your everyday prank. A string of phone calls across the nation where pranksters pretend to be working the front desk of a hotel and talk a guest into doing something drastic. It happened this weekend at a hotel in Leland. A guest set off the sprinkler system, triggering two hours of flooding. Full story...
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Group home fined, admissions suspended after girl's death on school bus

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video According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Cape Fear Respite Home, where eight-year-old Jamiah Batts lived, was fined $10,000. It's a type-A penalty, and the most severe that can be given Full story...
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Chefs square off in "Fire on the Dock" competition

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Two local chefs used their best culinary skills as they squared off Monday night in Wrightsville Beach. "Fire on The Dock" kicked off at Shell Island Resort. Full story...
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SBI: Grooms was drunk, on mephedrone at time of crash

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video Testimony today focused on test results in the trial of a man accused of hitting and killing two cyclists last year on River Road. Thomas Grooms faces two charges of second degree murder in the deaths of Trey and David Doolittle. Full story...
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Wilmington rally to focus on race, justice for slain Florida teen

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Tensions are rising nationwide because of the case of an unarmed black teenager shot to death by a Neighborhood Watch captain in Florida. Protests have been held throughout the country. Now a Wilmington man is organizing another for this weekend. Full story...
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Economy forces Bladen business to close after 67 years

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video After nearly seven decades, a family-owned business in Elizabethtown is closing its doors. It's a victim of the down economy and high gas prices. Full story...
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