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FIRST ON 3: Oak Island Bridge opening delayed another month

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Opening of the new bridge to Oak Island will be delayed about 30 days because of the unique construction features of the bridge and excessive heat this summer. The NCDOT is currently withholding $5,000 a day in fines for every day that the project is behind schedule. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Pender County Health Director calls out County Commissioners in open letter

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video I’m in receipt of E-Mails sent out by David Williams and George Brown that attack the BOH and me. The emails are direct attacks on the BOH, personally and professionally, and suggest that somehow the health director is “running Pender County.” Full story...
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Police nab man they say robbed Wilmington Wal-Mart

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According to witnesses, a man approached the service center inside the store and displayed a handgun. He ordered the female employee behind the counter to hand over cash. As this was happening, a second employee entered the service area. Both women complied with the robber’s instructions. Full story...
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Teachers prepare to go back to school

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Sometimes, the teachers are just as nervous as the students about the first day of school. Teachers are getting their classrooms ready, and say they're excited about the new school year. Full story...
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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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