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Pro-baseball group hosts t-shirt fundraiser to benefit Pink Ribbon Project

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Port City Baseball, the grassroots group working to bring awareness to the benefits minor league baseball could bring to Wilmington, is selling t-shirts to promote their message and support the Pink Ribbon Project. Full story...
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County, city leaders reach few agreements in first meeting in months

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video From annexation to the contentious topic of baseball in the Port City, it was a war words this morning as Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders sat down at one table for the first time in months. Full story...
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Ballpark agreement still not finalized, opinions remain polarized

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video Though a final agreement is still hanging over their heads, Wilmington City Council members voted unanimously to place a $37 million bond referendum to pay for the stadium on the November ballot. More than a dozen people voiced their opinions to council Tuesday during a public hearing on the bond referendum. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Pollster, ballpark supporter discuss public opinon

A new poll says a majority of Wilmington voters do not see a ballpark as a priority for the Port City, and an even larger majority say they're against spending tax money on the plan. Meanwhile supporters of the ballpark say it's a good investment for Wilmington. Francis De Luca, head of the Civitas Institute, which commissioned the poll, and Jim Hundley, chair of the Wilmington Ballpark Coalition, joined us in studio to debate the issues involved.

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FIRST ON 3 & THE BIG TALKER FM: Wilmington voters continue to reject spending for stadium

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video A new Civitas Flash Poll shows large majorities of registered voters in Wilmington continuing to oppose spending taxpayer money on a new baseball stadium. In the recent poll, 80 percent of voters said they were opposed to taxpayer funding of a proposed $40 million baseball park in Wilmington. Opposition rose to 84 percent when they were asked what they thought about the plan if it would raise their taxes. Full story...
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City Council agrees on $37 million max for baseball stadium; No agreement yet

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video Negotiations are ongoing and an agreement with Mandalay/Braves will not be voted on at Tuesday's City Council meeting. However, to meet the deadline to get something on the November ballot, Council will hold a public hearing regarding a bond referendum, not to exceed $37 million for the cost of the stadium and land. Full story...
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No final agreement yet on proposed ballpark

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video There is no official agreement yet between the City of Wilmington and Mandalay Baseball/Braves on a proposed baseball stadium. Full story...
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Ballpark public hearing date set, deal still up in the air

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video The City of Wilmington continues to inch closer to building a ballpark and bringing a minor league baseball team to the Port City. City leaders held a special meeting Tuesday night to set a public hearing for a bond referendum. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: City didn't reach deal with Mandalay/Braves this week

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video The City of Wilmington's talks with Mandalay and the Atlanta Braves are done for the week, but there is still no deal for the proposed ballpark. With an August 7 deadline looming, Councilman Kevin O'Grady says there is still a lot to work out. Full story...
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Ballpark supporters: Where have they been?

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video We've heard a lot from those against building a tax-funded ballpark in the Port City, but not much from those who support it. Today we asked them why they have been MIA. Full story...
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Talking baseball with StarNews reporter Shelby Sebens

As the latest developments in the debate over whether to build a ballpark in Wilmington continue to make headlines, we talked with StarNews reporter Shelby Sebens about what's going on.

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ONLY ON 3: Mayor discusses latest ballpark developments, petition rejection

In an exclusive live interview, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo talked with WWAY about the latest developments in the discussions on a ballpark for the Port City. Among the topics he discussed were the bond referendum City Council is considering to pay for the ballpark, citizen feedback and input on the plan and the rejection of a petition with thousands of signatures opposing taxpayer funding for the project.

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ONLY ON 3: Mayor Saffo discusses latest baseball developments

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video In an exclusive live interview, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo talked with WWAY about the latest developments in the discussions on a ballpark for the Port City. Full story...
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City Clerk: Petition organizers should have asked for help

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video All the work to get a petition signed against a taxpayer funded ballpark may have been for naught.Tuesday night Wilmington City Council said McCoy and Josh Fulton's petition was invalid because they did not have a required affidavit along with questions about some of the signatures. Full story...
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Ballpark petition declared insufficient, council votes to move ahead with bond referendum

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videoWilmington voters, get ready for November. City Council voted unanimously to move the baseball bond referendum forward. Also at Tuesday's meeting, the Wilmington City clerk declared the petition against a taxpayer-funded ballpark not sufficient because it lacked affidavits which are required by state law and city code according to the city attorney. Full story...
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