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Alcohol

ABC Board shares increased profits with local government

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More booze in New Hanover County means more money in local government coffers. New Hanover County's Alcohol Beverage Control Board saw a more than six-percent increase in sales in the last fiscal year. The ABC Board will distribute more of its profits to local governments than in the year before. Full story...
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DA's interns drink to learn

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video A group of interns from our district attorney's office took part in what's called a wet lab. It's an opportunity to learn about the process of administering sobriety tests as well as what it's like to blow a .08 and actually perform the tests. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Wrightsville Beach laws face a line in the sand

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video With a smoking ban under consideration at Wrightsville Beach, many people wonder if the town could even enforce such an ordinance. So what is legal? What's not? And where? At Wrightsville Beach the line in the sand is drawn at high tide. It's called the 1939 Line, which defines town property from the dunes to the high water mark. Full story...
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ALE busts hundreds during Azalea Festival

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Alcohol Law Enforcement arrested or cited 261 people during the Azalea Festival over the weekend. Agents filed a total of 308 charges. Full story...
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SBI: Grooms was drunk, on mephedrone at time of crash

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video Testimony today focused on test results in the trial of a man accused of hitting and killing two cyclists last year on River Road. Thomas Grooms faces two charges of second degree murder in the deaths of Trey and David Doolittle. Full story...
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ABC Board helps law enforcement fight crime downtown

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Members of the New Hanover County ABC Board recognized area law enforcement for trying to make downtown Wilmington a safer place. Full story...
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Randy Travis arrested for public intoxication

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Country singer Randy Travis has apologized after being arrested on a charge of public intoxication outside a North Texas church. Full story...
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Bottoms up! New Hanover booze sales fifth highest in state

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video Sales of some things are down in this economy. Alcohol is not one of them. A new report from the NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission reveals a rise in alcohol sales across the state. Full story...
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City committee recommends bar's liquor license request

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The city's ABC Review Committee today gave a positive recommendation for Edward Peabody's ABC permit application. Peabody wants to open a bar called the Brikhouse at the site of the old Rox nightclub at 208 Market Street. Full story...
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New owners wait for ABC permit to reopen bars downtown

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video The words new bar or new nightclub grab the attention of many in downtown Wilmington. In the past year the city has made it clear it wants to limit the number of alcohol permits downtown by setting new policies and procedures. One rule is that anyone applying for a liquor permit must undergo a review by the city's ABC Policy Review Committee. Full story...
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New bar wants to open at old Rox site downtown

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Friday the city's ABC Review Committee will review a liquor license request for 208 Market Street. That's the site of what was Rox. Full story...
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Mom gets prison time for teen's drinking death

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A North Carolina woman will spend more than a year in prison for involuntary manslaughter after a teen died from alcohol poisoning he suffered during a party at her home. Full story...
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NC AG wants more restrictions on Four Loko

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Attorney General Roy Cooper says a proposed federal settlement with makers of the alcoholic beverage Four Loko is a start, but he wants to see more restrictions put on the sale of the drink. Full story...
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Fort Bragg to hire more substance abuse counselors

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The Army is looking for nearly a dozen substance abuse counselors to help soldiers at Fort Bragg overcome alcohol and drug problems. Full story...
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Henderson County residents to vote on liquor sales

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Alcohol sales will be on the ballot for Henderson County residents next spring. Full story...
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