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ONLY ON 3: Watch the Wilmington ballpark debate

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video Thursday night WWAY NewsChannel 3 and WHQR-fm hosted the only live debate focused on the ballpark bond referendum. Mayor Bill Saffo and Councilman Kevin O'Grady represented the city and Vote Yes Ballpark. Businessmen Scott Harry and Jim Rafferty spoke on behalf of Vote No Ballpark Tax. Full story...
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Ballpark debate sparks fireworks from both sides

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video WWAY and WHQR hosted the only baseball stadium debate Thursday night. Appropriately, with a big game comes fireworks, and the exchange was full of them. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 & WHQR-FM: The only 'official' baseball stadium debate TONIGHT at 7 p.m.

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video WWAY NewsChannel 3 and WHQR-FM 91.3 will co-host Wilmington's only "OFFICIAL" baseball stadium debate featuring Mayor Bill Saffo and City Councilman Kevin O'Grady along with "Vote No Stadium Tax" spokesperson Scott Harry and Jim Rafferty, who is also with the group. The debate will be TONIGHT at 7 p.m. Full story...
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Potentially contaminated sites could still be good for ballpark construction

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video According to experts, there are currently 80 to 90 potentially contaminated properties in the Wilmington area, also known as brownfield sites. Two of the properties are being considered by the city to build a minor league ballpark on the land. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: City didn't reach deal with Mandalay/Braves this week

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video The City of Wilmington's talks with Mandalay and the Atlanta Braves are done for the week, but there is still no deal for the proposed ballpark. With an August 7 deadline looming, Councilman Kevin O'Grady says there is still a lot to work out. Full story...
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Ballpark petition declared insufficient, council votes to move ahead with bond referendum

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videoWilmington voters, get ready for November. City Council voted unanimously to move the baseball bond referendum forward. Also at Tuesday's meeting, the Wilmington City clerk declared the petition against a taxpayer-funded ballpark not sufficient because it lacked affidavits which are required by state law and city code according to the city attorney. Full story...
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O'Grady: Ballpark lease 'not acceptable,' just a starting point

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video The first draft of a ballpark lease agreement has some Wilmington City Council members scoffing at the deal. But some city leaders say this is simply the first step in formal negotiations. Full story...
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Wilmington council continues budget talks, hires City Attorney

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video Wilmington City Council continues to work on its budget for the next fiscal year. Council held a budget workshop today the morning after a public hearing on the spending plan. Also today, Council named a City Attorney. Full story...
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Anti-ballpark petition has other teams worried

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video At closer look, the petition against a taxpayer-funded ballpark is raising some eyebrows. City leaders say the petition, could affect established area teams, and those teams are worried, too. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Organizers respond to criticism of ballpark petition language

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The battle over plans for a ballpark in Wilmington continue to heat up. Yesterday, a group against using tax money to build a stadium in the Port City submitted a petition with about 4,000 signatures. If the Board of Elections verifies enough of the signatures, the City Council would have to accept the language of the petition as an ordinance or put it up for a public vote. Full story...
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City leaders say petition against publicly-funded ballpark 'a big mistake'

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video The City of Wilmington received a petition today with more than 4,000 signatures. If verified, it will force the city to either adopt an initiative blocking tax money for a ballpark or let voters decide. The move has city leaders fired up. Full story...
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THE RANT: When did Mandalay Baseball start running the City of Wilmington?

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First, let me be absolutely clear, the WWAY NewsChannel 3 Newsroom is neither pro nor anti baseball or ballpark. It's our ultimate goal to just cover the story as it progresses and keep Cape Fear residents, as well as the taxpayers of Wilmington, informed. However, it's also our job to ask tough questions of our leaders and last night's city council meeting left me with a list of them. Full story...
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Area legislators go face to face with voters

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videoRather than a phone call or an email, voters got he unique opportunity Sunday to bring their concerns in person to area elected officials. The annual Face to Face with Your Legislators event featured representatives from Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover Counties as well as state senators and United States Congressman Mike McIntyre. Full story...
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