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Full NC House gives initial OK to tax bill

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The North Carolina House has tentatively agreed to a wide-ranging tax bill that caps municipal business privilege taxes and places an excise tax on electronic cigarettes. Full story...
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April unemployment rate falls to 6.2 percent in NC

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videoMore people are in the job market in North Carolina and more are finding work as the state's unemployment rate dropped slightly last month. Full story...
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New kind of Walmart store opens in Surf City

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videoSurf City is now home to a new Walmart, but this Walmart is a little different than what you are probably used to. It's music to Walmart shoppers' ears in Pender County. Full story...
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Oak Island town council makes decision on 'mega' homes

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videoOak Island town council members made a decision on how big, and how many bedrooms "mega” homes can have. Town council members decided to cap single-family homes at 5,000 square feet and seven bedrooms with one parking space required per bedroom. Full story...
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Wilmington mom wins $1 million with Mother's Day lottery ticket

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Mother's Day is a pretty big day for Brandy Hatcher of Wilmington. Last year on Mother's Day she learned that she was expecting her first child. This year she purchased a lottery ticket that won her $1 million. Full story...
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Customers angry after ATMC e-mail server crashes

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videoSwitching to a new e-mail interface crashed internet service provider ATMC's servers this week. Nearly 3,000 people were without email. ATMC says they've fixed it, but now they're picking up the pieces. Full story...
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WPD investigates scam targeting grandparents

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Wilmington Police are investigating a credit card scam that conned two elderly victims out of $16,000. Detectives say two Wilmington women, ages 78 and 83, told investigators that on April 8 young men posing as their grandsons on the phone told the women they needed bail money for DWI arrests. Full story...
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Technology, social media key tools for top scammers

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videoPhone calls, e-mails and even text messages. The Better Business Bureau says nothing is off limits now. Scammers are using new media for some of the same old schemes. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Cemetery owner promises families to clean up perpetual mess

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videoFor years there have been complaints about the upkeep of Calvary Cemetery in Wilmington. Today a group of people who have loved ones buried there banded together to show their frustrations and demand change. Full story...
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CFCC hosts job fair Thursday

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videoCape Fear Community College hosts a job fair from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Thursday. More than 60 local employers, including WWAY NewsChannel 3, will be on site to talk to students and other job seekers. Full story...
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Slice of Life flips across Market St. for new downtown home

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videoLocation and seating arrangements may have changed, but the food is still the same. The building once home to the Rhino Club in downtown Wilmington now houses Slice of Life Pizzeria & Pub. Full story...
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Michaels stores in Wilmington, Jacksonville among locations hit by hackers

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videoMichaels says its stores in Wilmington and Jacksonville are among the chain's locations targeted by hackers last year and into January of this year. The company recently announced as many as 2.6 million cards may have been affected by the malware attack. Full story...
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Alleged skateboard scam costs company thousands

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videoA Natural MFG customer emailed the WWAY newsroom, saying he'd been scammed out of thousands of dollars. Our investigation found he may not be the only one. Full story...
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Crew diverts Delta flight to Raleigh-Durham

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A Delta Air Lines flight heading for Atlanta was diverted to Raleigh-Durham International Airport after the crew noticed some vibration after takeoff. Flight 2339 left from Reagan National Airport in Washington. A statement from the airline said out of an abundance of caution, the crew decided to divert the MD-88 to RDU. It landed around 3 p.m. Tuesday. Full story...
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McCrory, tax overhaul opponents differ on result

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Gov. Pat McCrory and other North Carolina conservative leaders remain convinced last year's tax overhaul law will result in more money in people's wallets and more jobs, even as critics insist most people will see higher taxes. McCrory used Tuesday's tax filing deadline to celebrate lower income and corporate income tax rates approved by the legislature. Full story...
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