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New Hanover commissioners say state sales tax plan could lead to property tax hike

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video New Hanover County leaders say they are worried about a sales tax plan that they fear could cost the county sales tax revenue and lead to a property tax increase. Full story...
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NC lawmakers agree to drop gas tax

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North Carolina lawmakers are agreeing to a slow drop in the state gas tax. Full story...
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Heinz buying Kraft in deal to create food giant

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H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods Group Inc., creating what the companies say will be the third-largest food and beverage company in North America. Full story...
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Duke Energy to appeal $25.1M state fine for New Hanover pollution

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videoDuke Energy says it will appeal a record $25.1 million fine recently imposed by state regulators for pollution in New Hanover County. Full story...
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Happening this week: WilmingtonBiz Expo

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videoThe Wilmington region's largest business event kicks off Wednesday morning at the Wilmington Convention Center. It brings together hundreds of vendors to spotlight the robust business atmosphere of the Cape Fear region. Full story...
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Exterminator fined for spraying pesticide in occupied jail cells

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videoState regulators have fined an exterminator for the way he used pesticides in the Columbus County Jail and another violation. Full story...
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Brunswick County to give away 1,000 smoke detectors

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Recent fire deaths have Brunswick County looking to do what it can to make homes safer. Full story...
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Piedmont Natural Gas wants to cut costs for customers

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Piedmont Natural Gas wants to cut the cost for its customers. The company said in a statement it thinks the one-time credit would get money to customers more quickly than a reduction in rates. Full story...
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Wilmington installing more smart meters downtown

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videoCrews are installing new "smart" parking meters will be installed this week in and around Front Street in downtown Wilmington. Full story...
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