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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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Owner hopes for permit to open restaurant in neighborhood where others have failed

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videoAl Snyder hopes to make his dream a reality and open Detour Deli in an old, empty building at 510 1/2 Red Cross St. Snyder says he bought the building in November, but a special use permit slowed his progress. Full story...
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Walmart hiring for new grocery store in Surf City

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Walmart is looking to hire about 100 workers at its new store in Surf City. The retail giant says it will hire up to 95 people to work at its new Walmart Neighborhood Market getting ready to open this spring. Full story...
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Duke Energy exec apologizes for NC coal ash spill

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A Duke Energy executive is apologizing for the company's massive coal ash spill that turned the Dan River cloudy for miles. Full story...
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Wilmington residents cope with power outages

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videoDuke Energy Progress says 44 percent of New Hanover County does not have power. Wednesday morning there were a number of isolated power outages, but by 3:00pm a good portion of New Hanover County was in the dark. Full story...
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CFPUA issues boil water advisory for Landfall, Middle Sound Loop areas after main breaks

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videoCFPUA has issued a boil water advisory for hundreds of customers in the Landfall and Middle Sound Loop areas of New Hanover County after several water main breaks in the Ogden area. Full story...
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Do it Yourself: Turn Candy into Valentine's Day Flowers

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videoGiving Valentine's Day candy is a long tradition and we are giving you a tip on how to make it even more personal. Today's do it yourself craft idea takes lollipops, cupcake liners and other items you already have around the house to create a candy bouquet. Full story...
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Wilmington's Freaker USA part of GMA's 'Deals & Steals'

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video A Wilmington business was featured again on ABC this morning. Freaker USA was among consumer reporter Tory Johnson's latest edition of "Deals and Steals" on Good Morning America. Full story...
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NC auto insurance rates to hold steady for another year

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While North Carolina's home insurers are asking for consumers to pay more for insurance, auto insurers have gone another year holding steady. Full story...
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President ready to sign long-awaited Farm Bill

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videoAfter two years of bickering, our leaders on Capitol Hill have worked out a deal that could affect you the next time you go to the grocery store. Full story...
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Progress made in backlog of food stamp applications

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Officials at the state Department Health and Human Services say they have made significant progress in clearing a backlog of food stamp applications ahead of a federal deadline next week. Full story...
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Get your salty car cleaned now or risk serious damage

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video Now that the snow has passed, it's time to get that salt off your vehicle... or else risk rust. Full story...
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