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NC Ports Authority chooses new executive director

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The North Carolina State Ports Authority has a new executive director. The Authority’s Board of Directors confirmed the choice of Paul J. Cozza at its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday. Full story...
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Duke shareholders want probe of coal ash spill

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Duke Energy shareholders are calling on the company's board to launch an independent investigation into issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in toxic sludge. Full story...
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Leland bank introduces video teller machines

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videoOne bank in Leland is taking technology to another level. It is replacing some in-person bank tellers with ones via video. While it might seem less personal, users say it's just the opposite. Full story...
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ILM hopes packages to NY will bring in more business

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video Are you looking for a weekend trip or getaway? Wilmington International Airport is looking to boost passenger numbers by offering travel packages to the Big Apple. Full story...
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Parking rates on the rise in Wrightsville Beach

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video As you pack that beach chair, sunglasses, and sunscreen make sure you include enough coins for parking meters because rates at Wrightsville Beach are going up. Full story...
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Wos: NC ready to meet food stamp deadline

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Just a week after North Carolina's health secretary said it would be difficult to erase a backlog of outstanding food stamp applications by the end of the month, she now says it's possible. Full story...
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Shuckin' Shack looks to franchise

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videoA local restaurant wants to take its idea national. The Shuckin' Shack is looking to take a model that's been successful on Pleasure Island and in downtown Wilmington and sell it to other entrepreneurs. Full story...
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Developer wants luxury apartments, retail along northern riverfront

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videoA $50 million riverside apartment development might be coming to downtown Wilmington. Raleigh-based Dewitt Carolinas says the six-story community near PPD called Pier 33 would have 300 residential units atop more than 30,000 square feet of retail space. Full story...
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Area airports get funding through state program

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Wilmington International Airport and Jacksvonille's Albert J. Ellis Airport are getting some financial help from a state program. Full story...
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CHECK IT: Four winning Powerball tickets sold in Wilmington

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video If you purchased a lottery ticket this week, you might want to double check your numbers. Four winning Powerball tickets were sold Wednesday at locations throughout Wilmington. Full story...
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EXPLORE WITH GEORGE: Coastal Consumer Showcase

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videoGeorge explores the 4th annual Coastal Consumer Showcase. Full story...
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CFPUA to consider 4.4% rate increase

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videoThe Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will consider raising rates next year for water and wastewater consumption by 4.4 percent. CFPUA spokesman Mike McGill says if the full CFPUA Board approves the proposal passed today by the authority's finance committee, the new rate would increase the average customer's bill about $2.70 per month. Full story...
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2 years later, Congress poised to undo flood law

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Lawmakers are poised to undo many of the changes in a bill to overhaul the federal flood insurance program after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp increases in their premiums. Full story...
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Future of area Radio Shack stores unclear as company plans cuts

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video As sales continue to decline, Radio Shack has decided to close more than 1,000 stores. The news comes just weeks after the company spent millions of dollars on a Super Bowl ad. Full story...
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