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Firefighters look for cause after flames spark at Wrightsville Beach home

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Firefighters say flames are out after a fire sparked at a vacant beach home early this morning. Full story...
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Hammerheads won't have a point reduction

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videoPoint deductions are costly. Just tell that to the Wilmington Hammerheads last year. It turned out to cost the team a playoff spot in 2013. Due to an altercation on Saturday between the Wilmington Hammerheads and the Orange County Blues there was a fairly good chance the Hammerheads may have to suffer a point deduction this season. As it turns out, that won't happen. Full story...
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Former Laney standout advances to second round of WNBA playoffs

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videoFormer Laney Buccaneer Tamera Young may have saved her best game of the season for crunch time. Chicago trailed by 20 points in game 3 of a best of 3 first round WNBA playoff series. Young scored 16 points in Chicago's come from behind 81-80 victory. Full story...
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NC moves to fine Duke over coal ash pollution near Wilmington

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videoDuke Energy is feeling the heat from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The agency sent a letter to Duke today saying the company must start addressing groundwater contamination issues from the Sutton steam plant. Full story...
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Charges dismissed against NC man in child sex case

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A North Carolina judge has dismissed all charges and overturned the sentence of a man who spent 22 years in prison after his conviction in a child sex abuse case. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that a judge overturned Michael Alan Parker's sentence Monday. A statement from The Duke Law School's Wrongful Convictions Clinic says Parker was released Tuesday. Full story...
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White House honor comes as vet's business totters

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A former Marine Corps sniper in Iraq who started a coffee shop that employs fellow veterans is to be honored at a White House event Wednesday even as he solicits online donations to stay open. Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits owner Matt Victoriano admitted Tuesday it's ironic to be honored as an example of the successful veteran-turned-entrepreneur when he may have to shut down in less than two weeks. Full story...
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NC conservative activist quits $95K health job

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A North Carolina anti-abortion activist and tea party organizer is quitting her $95,000-a-year job as a senior Medicaid adviser after a year. The state Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that Margaret "Mardy" Peal is resigning next month. The single mother said she wanted more time with her family. Full story...
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Obama defends handling of veterans affairs issues

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For Robert McCauley, the scandal at Veterans Affairs medical centers has touched a nerve. The 67-year-old retired sergeant says he's heard complaints from friends about the long wait to see doctors. Full story...
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NC judge agrees agent's firing should be upheld

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An administrative law judge says the state's firing of a North Carolina crime lab agent linked to dozens of misreported lab results should be upheld. The judge ruled Tuesday the State Bureau of Investigation met its burden of proof for just cause to dismiss Duane Deaver in 2011. Deaver had petitioned the Office of Administrative Hearings to get his job back. Full story...
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Fayetteville man accused of beating grandfather over $5

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Authorities in Cumberland County are accusing a Fayetteville man of beating his handicapped grandfather after an argument over $5. The sheriff's office says 18-year-old Michael Allen Jackson was angered when his grandfather refused to give him the money. Full story...
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Brubaker ranked leading lobbyist at NC legislature

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The top leader in the North Carolina House during the mid-1990s is now atop a nonpartisan group's list of the General Assembly's most influential lobbyists. The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research announced Tuesday that Republican Harold Brubaker ranked No. 1 on the list during the 2013 session. Full story...
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Charlotte considers millions on Hornets arena

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The city of Charlotte is considering a plan to spend about $30 million to make improvements at Time Warner Cable Area, home of the NBA's Hornets. Staffers told Charlotte City Council on Monday the money would come from two hospitality taxes. City council is expected to take a first vote on the proposal at a meeting Sept. 8. Full story...
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City, county leaders prioritize Garner Report

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videoNew Hanover County Commission and Wilmington City council met at the New Hanover County Executive Development Center Tuesday to discuss a handful of strategies they want to move forward with first. This is a follow up meeting to discuss the strategies stem the 100-thousand-dollar garner report presented earlier this year. Full story...
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Leland traffic a mess for many

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videoThere is no doubt about it; sitting in traffic is a pain. A pain folks driving between Leland and Wilmington know all too well lately. Full story...
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WPD: Driver charged with DWI after hitting school bus had .13 BAC

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videoThe first day of school in New Hanover County got off to a scary start for some middle school students after police say a drunk driver hit their bus. Full story...
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