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Human error forces flights to Wilmington to turn back

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Human error forced two flights set to land at the Wilmington International Airport late Wednesday to instead return to their departing airports. Full story...
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Penalty for removing Venus flytraps could increase

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The Venus flytrap gets added protection in a bill passed by the N.C. General Assembly. Full story...
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Potentially toxic algae found in Cape Fear River

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A potentially toxic blue-green algae that caused the shutdown of the public water system in Toledo, Ohio, has been found in the Cape Fear River at Lock and Dam No. 1, near the water intakes for the Brunswick and New Hanover counties' water systems. Full story...
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Legislature appears intent on protecting charter schools from sharing how they spend tax dollars

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videoThe N.C. House of Representatives today passed a charter school bill that includes a provision to shield individual employee salaries from the public. The bill, which was sent to a conference committee for further revisions, was approved 62-36. Full story...
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Funeral services set for Wilmington's 'Troll Lady'

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videoFuneral services are planned July 19 for Minna Kuuskoski, a Wilmington storyteller, artist and puppeteer who was beloved as the Troll Lady. Full story...
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Dog friendly Oak Island may ban the animals during the summer

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videoA North Carolina beach that has made a name for itself by allowing dogs is considering limits on when the animals can run in the sand. The StarNews of Wilmington reports that the Oak Island Town Council will consider a ban on dogs on the beach during daytime hours. Full story...
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Publix searches for Wilmington store sites

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videoPublix, a Florida-based supermarket chain, is looking for sites to build a store in the Port City area, said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo on Thursday. Full story...
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StarNews: NC Senate OKs bill converting film credit to grant

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With no discussion, the state Senate gave third and final approval to a bill that would convert North Carolina's film tax credit program into a grant program, sending the measure to the House. Full story...
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Pedestrian hit and killed Thursday night identified

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videoA pedestrian killed Thursday night on Carolina Beach Road was identified today as Gerald Duwayne Lemoine, 56, according to the State Highway Patrol. Full story...
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UNCW appeals jury's verdict, judge's ruling in Adams lawsuit

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videoThe University of North Carolina Wilmington has filed a notice of appeal in criminology professor Mike Adams' case against the university. Full story...
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Nonprofit group files ethics complaint against Baker Mitchell, Roger Bacon Academy

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videoThe executive director of a nonprofit charter school advocacy group has filed a complaint with the N.C. State Ethics Commission against Baker Mitchell, founder of several charter schools in Southeastern North Carolina. Full story...
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Former state lawmaker Thomas Wright to leave prison

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videoDuring Thomas Wright's 15 years as a state legislator, his name was affixed to the member board mounted in the House chamber. Now, his name is scrawled on a board that keeps track of inmates at New Hanover County's state prison. Full story...
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New Hanover County likes its booze according to CDC survey

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But one number that continues to obnoxiously bring attention to itself is the percentage of people who are classified as either binge drinkers or heavy drinkers. Binge drinking is defined as consuming more than four (for women) or five (for men) alcoholic beverages on a single occasion in the past 30 days. Heavy drinking involves drinking more than one (for women) or two (for men) drinks per day on average. Full story...
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StarNews Editorial: Charter schools need to tell taxpayers what they're getting for their money

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State officials are interpreting the laws that created independent charter schools to exempt them from the same level of financial scrutiny as the traditional public schools – even though millions of taxpayer dollars are siphoned from the public schools to charter schools annually. Full story...
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City considering setting aside $100,000 for legal expenses tied to hotel deal

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On Tuesday, the Wilmington City Council will consider setting aside $100,000 for legal expenses related to the planned hotel next to the convention center. Full story...
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