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NC justices uphold order that led to rate rise

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videoThe state Supreme Court has upheld a decision by North Carolina electric power regulators that allowed a Duke Energy subsidiary to raise rates on residential customers of the former Progress Energy by 7.5 percent over two years. Full story...
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Council wants more feedback on Castle Street Peddler Flea Market

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video Some local businesses say the City of Wilmington cost them some valuable foot traffic after shutting down the Peddler Flea Market on Castle Street. The city shut the market down last month when it realized the market violated city ordinance. Now neighboring businesses are worried about their losing their own profits. Full story...
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MARINO ON MONEY: Advice for first time credit card holders

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videoLast week Certified Financial Planner Ross Marino gave us lessons to teach younger ones about credit cards. Now young ones with their first credit cards should listen up. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Disabled veteran confused by power company requiring deposit

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video A Wilmington veteran feels cheated by his power company. Duke Energy's website says they charge $17 to move service from one house to the next, but Michael Love does not understand why the company wants to charge him $217. Full story...
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Marino on Money: Teach kids about credit early

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videoRunning up the balance on a credit card is easy at any age, but knowledge is power. If kids learn about credit before they get it, it could save them money down the road. Full story...
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Paper or plastic? In Carolina Beach, you could no longer have an option

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videoCarolina Beach is taking the lead on an environmental effort to "rise above plastic." Town council will discuss a possible ordinance against plastic bags tonight. After decades of public education, the Cape Fear Surf Rider Foundation says it's time for action. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Southport residents again complain about abnormally high power bills

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video You pay a price to live near the beach, but some Southport residents say the price of their power bills is ridiculous. Full story...
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Marino on Money: What to buy in August

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videoIt's August, which mean summer is nearing an end far too quickly. But the good news is there are several great deals out there on the things you need. Full story...
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UPDATE: City Council backs court ruling on towing cost cap

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videoWilmington City Council removed the cap on towing fees related to private property Tuesday night. The decision came after the State Supreme Court ruled that cities cannot regulate those charges when a towing company picks up your car from private property, like an apartment complex. Full story...
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Lumina Commons sold for millions

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videoThe Lumina Commons shopping center in Wilmington has a new owner. A real estate investment company bought it for $13.9 million. Full story...
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Customers protest car dealership

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videoA car dealership in Wilmington is under fire. Customers say the cars they bought are not up to par. Several of them gathered to protest across the street from Lovitt's Auto and Truck Center on Carolina Beach Road. Full story...

NC sales tax limit for counties reviewed by Senate

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Senate Republicans have retooled a proposal limiting local sales taxes in North Carolina but could still stop two large counties from putting referenda on the ballot this fall. Full story...
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Wilmington businesses ready to hop on craft beer craze

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video Wilmington is known for many things, but locally-made beer choices have limited. That's about to change, as some new breweries are getting ready to join the Port City's beer scene. Full story...
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Hearing on proposed insurance rate increase delayed until October

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videoA hearing scheduled for next month on the insurance industry's request to raise homeowners rates in North Carolina has been delayed until the fall. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Clarkton residents say something's wrong with exorbitant water bills

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video Some residents in Clarkton say there's something wrong with their water bills. They say say it's a problem that should have been fixed months ago. Full story...
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