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Archive - Jul 2, 2012

Urgent care firm settles billing with US for $10M

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Federal prosecutors in North Carolina say an operator of urgent care clinics in six states will pay $10 million to settle allegations it submitted false and inflated bills to taxpayer-supported benefit programs. Full story...
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NC Senators postpone consideration climate change bill

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North Carolina Senators have decided to postpone consideration of a state-sponsored science panel's warning of rising sea levels until July 2016, calling instead for more studies. Full story...
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County Commission helps Kure Beach finance renourishment

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video One topic at Monday night’s New Hanover County Commission meeting was money. Kure Beach needs nourishment money and the Fed is not too generous. Full story...
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Cold War: Frozen yogurt creates hot market in Wilmington

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video Do you like to stop for sweet treats on these hot summer days? If so, it seems like you're not alone. There are about a dozen frozen yogurt shops in the Wilmington area, and the growth shows no signs of stopping. Full story...
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Belville, Leland mull merger

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video Joining forces between two Brunswick County towns may be in the cards. But what would that mean for the Leland and Belville and their residents? Full story...
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Pender deputy defends how animal shelter is run

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video We've reported before about problems at the Pender County Animal Shelter. Now shelter volunteers are unhappy with the facility's management, and they blame the sheriff's deputy now in charge. Lt. Keith Ramsey says he's just following protocol. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Driver says Carolina Beach cop texting and driving, department says he did nothing wrong

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video If a police officer catches you texting and driving, you could be in trouble. But what if it's the other way around. A man driving in Carolina Beach yesterday says he caught a police officer using his phone while driving. Full story...
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Oak Island student wins $1 million lottery prize

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Mikala Fields, a community college student from Oak Island in Brunswick County, says she plans to use the $1 million she won on a 20X The Money ticket to buy a home, a new car and invest for the future. Full story...
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Legislature overrides death penalty bill veto

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The Legislature is cancelling Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of legislation rolling back a state law giving North Carolina's death row prisoners a method to seek a reduced sentence because of racial bias. Full story...
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NC fracking bill one step closer to law on override

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The Senate has voted to override Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto of a bill that would authorize fracking in North Carolina, but the House still must go along to cancel her objections to the measure on environmental and other concerns. Full story...
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Four arrested, baby in protective custody after drug deal goes bad

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A man who says he was the victim of a crime wound up in jail over the weekend along with the people he said tried to rob him. The arrests also left a baby in protective care. Full story...
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City's urban arborist arrested on child sex abuse charges

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The city of Wilmington's urban arborist was arrested Thursday on a fugitive warrant stemming from charges of sexual abuse of a child under 12, according to the US Department of Justice. Full story...
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Coast Guard features Oak Island officer as 'Shipmate of the Week'

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The US Coast Guard is featuring an officer stationed at Oak Island as the "Shipmate of the Week" in its official blog. The story says Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Coker is a skilled engineer, and does whatever it takes to make sure his unit is prepared for anything. Full story...
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Dalton, McCrory dislike Perdue's veto on fracking

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Gubernatorial nominee Walter Dalton says he disagrees with fellow Democrat Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of a bill that would authorize a form of shale gas exploration in North Carolina called fracking. Full story...
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NC aircraft goes down while fighting SD wildfire

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An Air National Guard cargo plane based out of North Carolina has crashed while fighting wildfires in South Dakota. Lt. Col. Rose Dunlap of the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte confirmed Monday that six crew members were aboard the C-130, but said she could not yet provide any information about their condition. Full story...
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