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Bladen County News

Ben David, ADAs take oath; say goodbye to Jon David

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For the third time in six years, District Attorney Ben David has been sworn into office. He took an oath this afternoon before a packed courtroom to serve New Hanover and Pender Counties. Full story...
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Many voters choosing to cast ballots early

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With a week to go until Election Day, thousands of voters in our area have already voted. Full story...
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WWAY to profile candidates, moderate debate

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Election Day is just a month away, and WWAY wants to make sure you have the information you need. Each week until the election, we'll preview one of the big races in our area. Full story...
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VOTE 2010 PROFILE: Butch Pope, candidate for District Attorney

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video For the first time in 20 years, Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus Counties will soon have a new District Attorney. Incumbent Rex Gore lost his bid for reelection. Tonight, we introduce you to the man who knocked him out of the race: Democratic candidate and Whiteville attorney Butch Pope. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Newspaper reporter's contribution raises ethical question

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video A Whiteville News Reporter story accused District Attorney candidate Jon David of trying to hire a man to round up votes, which David denies. We found that the reporter who wrote the story contributed to the campaign of David's opponent Butch Pope. Full story...
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SE NC gets $22 million from feds for waterway projects

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Southeastern North Carolina is getting more than $22 million from the federal government for beaches and inlets, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Wilmington Port. Full story...
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Voting underway in run-offs

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The only statewide race is the Democratic nomination for US Senate. Bladen, New Hanover and Pender counties also have run-offs on the ballot. Tune in to WWAY NewsChannel 3 tonight for results. Full story...
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Early voting numbers vary by county

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Early voting for the June 22 run-off elections is doing better than expected in a few counties, but for some the turn out is disappointing. Full story...
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Marshall brings Senate campaign to town

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With the June 22 run-off approaching Democrat Elaine Marshall spent last night and today in our area rallying votes for US Senate. Marshall's campaign hosted a fundraiser at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach last night. Full story...
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A look at some bills introduced by our legislators

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Bills with local interest include state control of video gaming machines, enhancing the state's film incentives, changes to New Hanover County's ABC board and a subsidy for a non-profit. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: DA candidates talk about the Soles bill to split the district

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video "Soles has a history of abusing his office and abusing his power," says Joe Sinsheimer, a consultant for the Democratic Party. "And it's incumbent upon Senator Basnight to take a stand and publicly rebuke Senator Soles for this kind of self-serving and embarrassing legislation." Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Gore admits he helped write pension bill

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video An e-mail from Gore to Brunswick County Democratic Party chair also raises questions about Sen. Soles's bill to split 13th judicial district. Full story...
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Soles introduces bills to create new DA, lower pension requirements

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video Sen. R.C. Soles may be leaving the legislature, but he's not going quietly. The longest serving member in the history of the legislature filed a bill today that would split the 13th judicial district. Full story...
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Unemployment rises again in Wilmington area

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The unemployment rate is up again in our five-county metropolitan area. It moved form 10.2 percent in November to 10.6 percent in December according to the Employment Security Commission. Full story...
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Federal grant helps preschoolers learn to read

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videoColumbus and Bladen County schools are getting funds to help preschoolers learn how to read. Full story...
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