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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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CFPUA to seek another rate increase

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videoCape Fear Public Utility Authority customers are likely in for another rate increase next budget year. The authority board finance committee held a special meeting Thursday morning to discuss options for the increase, which CFPUA staff members said will help cover "variable expenditures" such as electricity. Full story...
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UNCW job fair helps students with new techiques in search process

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videoThe job market is tough, especially as you come out of college to start your career. At UNCW today students got a look at possible jobs and how the way to find jobs is changing. Full story...
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As new hotel opens, so does long blocked street

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video After nearly two and a half years of construction the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Wilmington is open for business, as is a street blocked for during its construction. Full story...
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Taco Bell takes aim at McDonald's with breakfast

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Egg McMuffin, meet the Waffle Taco. Taco Bell is readying for the launch of its national breakfast menu on March 27, with items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap designed to appeal to its fan base of younger men. Full story...
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Fuzzy Peach sold in deal worth up to $830,000

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videoFuzzy Peach, a self-serve frozen yogurt store started by a group of UNCW graduates with locations in three states, has been sold. Full story...
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McDonald's eyes longer breakfast hours

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McDonald's is in the early stages of looking at whether it can extend its breakfast hours. Fans of the Egg McMuffin have long wanted the option to get breakfast at McDonald's after 10:30 a.m., but offering both breakfast and lunch was considered logistically impossible given the limited space in kitchens. Full story...
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NC university board considers no tuition hike

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North Carolina's public university system is about to do without tuition increases next year for undergraduates who live in the state, though out-of-state students would see higher costs. Full story...
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Oak Island OKs moratorium banning 'mega' homes

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videoThe Oak Island Town Council unanimously placed a moratorium banning any new homes larger than six bedrooms on Thursday after hearing from residents asking for stricter rules on large-sized houses. Full story...
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Cold weather means higher NC home heating prices

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The cold weather that came with the recent snow in North Carolina will mean higher heating bills. Full story...
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First Federal banks changing name this summer

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video Customers of First Federal will see their bank change names this summer. The bank has branches in Wilmington, Leland, Hampstead and Sunset Beach. Full story...
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