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Thank you, Cape Fear, for making WWAYTV3.com #1 during Irene

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When severe weather hits the Cape Fear, folks here know they can depend on the StormTrack 3 Weather Team and WWAYTV3.com to keep them informed online. During the three days of Hurricane Irene (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) more than 160,000 people visited WWAYTV3.com and the site had almost 690,000 pageviews those three days (according to Google Analytics). Full story...
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Thousands still waiting for power around Cape Fear

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video Progress Energy said Saturday afternoon 280,000 customers in North Carolina had no electricity. As of 11 a.m. Monday, that number was down to 91,300, including 10,100 in Onslow. New Hanover County had 2,200 homes and business still in the dark. That's down from about 7,000 Sunday night. Pender County has 1,500 outages. There are still 940 Progress Energy customers without power in Columbus County and 385 in Brunswick. Full story...
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American Red Cross provides power outage safety tips

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Hurricane Irene has left thousands of Cape Fear residents without power. If a power outage is 2 hours or less, you need not be concerned about losing your perishable foods. For prolonged power outages, though, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible. Full story...
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Hurricane shelter list

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Hurricane Irene has already prompted voluntary evacuations for many parts of our area. That's led counties to open emergency shelters for people and animals. SEE THE LIST INSIDE Full story...
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Week # 2 - High School Football Scoreboard

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Week number two started a day early this week due to the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irene. Click full story in order to see all the scores from Thursday & Friday night from around North Carolina. Due to Friday's rain several games in the Raleigh area were not played. Full story...
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President declares emergency for North Carolina

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FEMA announced that federal aid has been made available to North Carolina to supplement the state and local response efforts in the area due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene beginning on August 25, 2011, and continuing. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Earthquake in Virginia rattles Cape Fear

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video Waterspouts. A funnel cloud. A hurricane this weekend. Now an earthquake. Yes, if you felt the ground shake around 2 p.m., that was indeed a 5.8 earthquake centered north of Richmond, VA. Full story...
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Football games rescheduled because of Irene

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The forecast path of Hurricane Irene is already making an impact on southeastern North Carolina, specifically on the gridiron. The vast majority of the high schools in our area have already decided to play one night earlier this week. Full story...
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McIntyre only Democrat to sign on to tea party-backed balanced budget amendment

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The proposed amendment is an opportunity for Democrats to cast a tough-on-spending vote. Sixteen House Democrats have signed on to the version that passed the House in 1995. So far, Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina is the only Democrat to sign on to the tea party-backed version requiring two-thirds supermajorities in the House and Senate to raise taxes. Full story...
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Week # 1 - High School Scoreboard

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Week number one is complete on the high school football scene. Click full story in order to see all the scores from Friday night from around North Carolina. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Bachmann, Perry on the campaign trail

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video While the Presidential candidates may be focused on South Carolina, WWAY NewsChannel 3 is making sure they don't forget about southeastern North Carolina. WWAY's Asha Dave was the ONLY Wilmington reporter to cover Perry as he visited Florence, SC, and Bachmann as she held a town hall meeting in Myrtle Beach. Full story...
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C.J. Melvin arrested for filing false report

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Former East Bladen basketball standout C.J. Melvin has been charged with filing a false police report in Greenville. Melvin is about to enter her freshman season at East Carolina University. Full story...
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McIntyre: Focus should be local, not on Washington in wake of credit downgrade

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We caught up with Rep. Mike McIntyre today in Brunswick Ccounty and asked him for his thoughts about Standard & Poor's downgrade of America's credit rating. The congressman says southeastern North Carolina cannot focus on the debate in Washington, but rather should focus our attention here locally to boost our own economy. Full story...
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Burn ban lifted in eastern NC

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The state has lifted a burn ban for much of eastern North Carolina, including the WWAY viewing area. Full story...
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