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SBI questions lab results; murder cases could be re-opened

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video Eight of the 109 questionable cases are in Pender and New Hanover counties. One is a high-profile murder case, that received national attention. New Hanover County prosecutors say they have their hands full. The district attorney's office is funded by the state and has been on a hiring freeze for the past 18 months. Full story...
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Wilmington housing remains highly affordable for sixth consecutive quarter

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Bolstered by favorable interest rates and low house prices, the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) announced today that housing affordability remained near its highest level nationwide for the sixth consecutive month since the series was first compiled nearly two decades ago. Full story...
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Wilmington man claims $100,000 Bankroll Doubler prize

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Instant scratch tickets have been lucky for many players this week, but none as lucky as William “Randy” Smith, an electrical contractor from Wilmington. Full story...
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GE-Hitachi offers early retirement packages, will hire new entry-level workers

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On July 21, about 60 employees at GE in Wilmington were offered voluntary retirement packages. The company plans to promote from within to fill those positions and has already begun to recruit for 60 positions at the entry-level - reports the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. Full story...
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Is Wilmington a "beach town with high economic volatility & low-paying jobs"?

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It seems that low wages and taxes eventually catch up to you. Moody's has identified 22 cities in the US that are ripe for a double-dip recession. Twelve are in the South, five in the Midwest, and the rest are a smattering of smaller cities in the Northeast and West—many of which have under-invested in education and economic infrastructure, reports Business Insider. Full story...
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Brunswick County child pornographer sentenced to 35 years in prison

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On January 15, 2009, photographs were brought to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office that depicted SCHMIDT engaged in sex acts with small children. Federal and local law enforcement then went to SCHMIDT’s residence where he was arrested. Officers additionally recovered a large quantity of other illegal photos. Full story...
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Committee wants embattled health director to keep position

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It could be deja-vu all over again for the Pender County Health Department. A special committee met Wednesday night to discuss a replacement for outgoing Health Director Jack Griffith. Full story...
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Clogging to stardom

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video A YouTube video went viral this summer and landed some Wilmington teenagers an audition for an upcoming TV dance show. Full story...
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UNCW Lemonade Brigade helps students navigate campus

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UNCW student ambassadors set up lemonade stands around campus. They handed out lemonade to thirsty students and helped point them in the right direction to their classes. Full story...
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First day of class at UNCW

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Thousands of students at UNCW traded-in down-time for study-time. Students are now gearing up for a new semester. Full story...
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