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Beach businesses hope Memorial Day sparks hot summer

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video With Memorial Day weekend being one of the biggest beach weekends of the year, Carolina Beach businesses prepare for the crowds and hope for the best. Full story...
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UNCW grads turn frozen yogurt into hot business

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videoThree UNCW grads are proof a cool idea can mean hot business, even in a tough economy. Their serve-it-yourself yogurt shop has three locations in the Wilmington area with a fourth on the way. Full story...
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Currituck county commissioners reject hotel and shops building plan

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Currituck County commissioners have rejected a request to allow a hotel and shops to be built in a four-wheel-drive area where about 100 wild horses roam. Full story...
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Airline group sees 1.5 percent rise in summer travel

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An airline industry trade group says that even with higher fares, more people will fly this summer than last year, especially overseas. Full story...
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Wells Fargo name replacing Wachovia

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San Francisco-based Wells Fargo is putting its name on the Charlotte-based Wachovia banks it has taken over on the East Coast. Full story...
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Microsoft agrees to buy Skype for $8.5 billion

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Microsoft has agreed to buy the popular Internet telephone service Skype for $8.5 billion in the biggest deal in the software maker's 36-year history. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Monkey Junction Blockbuster reopening

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Dish Network recently bought Blockbuster in a bankruptcy auction and agreed to take on leases for hundreds of the video rental stores. Full story...
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Perdue says thousands could be jobless by storms

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Gov. Bev Perdue is grateful for the quick turnaround by the White House to send federal assistance after last weekend's deadly tornadoes that she says could keep thousands of people out of work. Full story...
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Monkey Junction Blockbuster closing

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Soon folks in Monkey Junction won't be able to make it a Blockbuster night. The Blockbuster store on South College Road is closing. Full story...
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WDI plan not a hit with downtown business owners

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video Wilmington Downtown Incorporated held a public meeting Thursday night to discuss its plan to improve downtown by adding ambassadors and cleaning up the area. Business owners, patrons, and residents made their way to the meeting and had plenty on their minds. Full story...
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Lt. Gov. Dalton speaks on economic development in southeastern NC

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video Lt. Governor Walter Dalton was in town today to talk about job creation and economic development in Southeastern North Carolina. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Flip's sign can stay (for now) after city realizes mistake

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videoThe owner of Flip's Bar-B-Que House on Oleander Drive received a notice from the city to take down his sign by tomorrow, but after we started making calls, the city says it made a mistake, and the sign can stay up a little longer. Full story...
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Business leaders tell Hagan access to money tight

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video Sen. Kay Hagan was in the Port City today to talk business. Hagan heard from area business and community leaders during a business roundtable, where the topic of access to capital was the main concern. Full story...
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Perdue talks to business owners during Wilmington visit

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video Gov. Bev Perdue spent part of her day in Wilmington today. The governor took part in a roundtable discussion on business at UNCW. Business owners were also there, wanting to know why it's so difficult to grow their company. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Wilmington Downtown Inc.'s "MAJOR" announcement... clinical trial company moving from S. College to Downtown

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Wilmington Downtown, Inc called together the media this afternoon to make a "major" announcement regarding the "future of Downtown Wilmington." The news is that inclinix, a local company that specializes in clinical trials, is moving from their offices on South College Road to downtown. Full story...
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