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Downtown business just finding out about 2008 sign ordinance change

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video Signs, signs, everywhere signs. But in downtown Wilmington, some business could be in violation of a city ordinance, and that could mean big bucks in an already tight economy. Full story...
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NC says wine industry grew 58 percent in 4 years

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A study finds North Carolina's once-fledgling wine industry, grape growers and related businesses are directly responsible for employing about 3,800 and those workers generate another 3,700 jobs. Full story...
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Businesses come together to share ideas making it easier to go green

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video In the rapidly changing green business world, sometimes it's hard to keep up on the latest trends. Local green professionals gathered at the Emerging Green Businesses Conference in Wrightsville Beach today to share their ideas and successes. Full story...
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PPD names new CEO

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One of Wilmington's biggest employers has a new leader. PPD announced today its board of directors has Raymond H. Hill as the company's new chief executive officer and elected him to the board of directors. Both moves were effective September 16. Full story...
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Groups challenge Duke-Progress Energy merger in NC

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Some environmental groups have filed last-minute challenges to the proposed merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy. Full story...
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Charlotte shows DNC where to find goods, services

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Charlotte businesses eager to sell products and services when the Democratic National Convention arrives next year are getting a boost with a one-stop shopping guide. Full story...
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AT&T adding cell phone capacity around NC colleges

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The company announced Tuesday that it added broadband capacity for the campuses of Duke University, East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Full story...
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Toyota of Wilmington to expand despite Japan tsunami and economic recession

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video Toyota of Wilmington broke ground today, expanding their dealership to 65,000 square feet. But with the economy still in the dumps and the tsunami in Japan impacting Toyota, is this really the best time to expand? Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Wilmington businessman up for prestigious award

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video A Wilmington entrepreneur is up for one of the most prestigious awards in the business world. His one-of-a-kind business has global appeal, and he calls it an economic stimulus package of sorts. Full story...
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Southport business takes stand against bench law

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video With the weather as hot as it has been, a seat in the shade is a good spot to be this summer. But if Southport leaders get their way, benches protected from the sun on one of the city's busiest corners could soon be gone. Full story...
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US stocks rise after big fall

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Bargain hunters are pushing stocks up in midday trading, and the Dow briefly was above 11,000. Full story...
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Shoppers, stores get ready for tax free weekend

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video The school year is right around the corner, and of course the kiddos need school supplies and new clothes. Get ready parents. North Carolina's tax free weekend starts tomorrow. Full story...
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Businesses have different views of Monkey Junction, annexation's impact

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video Monkey Junction has long been a hub of business in our area. It's part of why the City of Wilmington wants to annex it. Several new businesses are setting up shop there, but others that have called the crossroads home for years say it's a dead end. Full story...
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Carolina Farmin' grand opening draws crowds

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Customers crowded into the new Carolina Farmin' on Market Street. The traffic was so heavy at one point in the middle of the day, police had to help handle it. Full story...
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Ethanol creating mower problems

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video Cutting the grass is always a chore, but some of you may have found using your lawn mower is even more of a challenge lately. It turns out your grass cutter could have a gas problem. The extra ethanol that has been added to fuel over the past few years has caused some major issues for folks with vehicles and machinery, like lawnmowers. Full story...
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