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Lots empty during first day of ride share program

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videoLeland commuters did not take advantage of the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization's new Park & Ride lots to carpool to work. Full story...
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NC marks 5 years since smoking banned in bars

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videoNorth Carolina health officials are praising the benefits of a 5-year-old state law that banned smoking in bars and restaurants. Friday marks five years since the effective date of the law that also limited smoking rooms at hotels or motels to 20 percent of the total. The law survived a series of lawsuits by pool hall and nightclub owners challenging an exception that allows smoking at private clubs. Full story...
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Wilmington-based Freaker USA expanding brand

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video It's been a few years since the Wilmington-based company Freaker USA launched their brand of one size fits all beverage insulators. Zach Crain, the founder of the company who was featured on ABC's "Shark Tank," says the brand is expanding. Full story...
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Visitor restrictions begin at hospital due to flu threat

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videoHealth officials have declared a flu epidemic in several states including North Carolina. In the Cape Fear region, officials say that although the flu season here is normal, they are still monitoring the conditions of the season that some times lasts into early Spring. Full story...
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New Hanover Co. installs permanent drop boxes for medication disposal

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videoNew Hanover County officials announced Tuesday two new permanent drop boxes that will give residents safe new options to dispose of expired, unwanted medications. Full story...
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Park & Ride lots, rideshare to start next week in Leland

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videoLeland commuters will have some more options to try and save some money and cut traffic to and from Wilmington in the new year. Full story...
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Local gamers annoyed by network hacks

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Since late afternoon on Christmas Eve, both Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live have been intermittently down. There are reports that a hacker group named Lizard Squad is behind this attack. Full story...
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Lower gas prices mean more holiday fun

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videoGas prices are lower than they have been in years around the holidays, and for those heading out of town that is a Christmas miracle in itself. Full story...
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Insurance commissioner rejects industry request to raise homeowner's rates

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video Homeowners in southeastern North Carolina should expect lower insurance rates starting next summer. It comes after North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin rejected the insurance industry's request to raise homeowner's insurance rates by an average of about 25 percent. Full story...
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NC motor fuels tax going up 1 cent in January

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The price at the pump keeps falling, but motorists in North Carolina will see the gasoline tax increase slightly Jan. 1. Full story...
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