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GE employees prepare for possible hurricanes

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More than two months into hurricane season and employees at General Electric in Wilmington are still stressing preparedness. Full story...
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School supplies tax-free this weekend

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For many students the first day of classes is just around the corner. That means it's time to pick up "back to school" supplies. This weekend is a good time to stock up, as most of what you will likely need is tax free. Full story...
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New technology brings jobs to Wilmington

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videoNew jobs will soon be coming to the area, thanks to some new technology announced at the corning plant Wednesday. Officials say a new type of wire will make the flow of information faster, cheaper and better -- and it will be manufactured right here in Wilmington. Full story...
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New hope or new headaches on Wall Street this week?

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It's a new week on Wall Street and the question is will it generate new hope or new headaches for the Dow -- which took such a beating last week. With investors hoping the market will bounce back from last week's nearly 600-point loss. Full story...
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Monkey Junction business owners criticize DOT

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Drivers now cannot make a left into the shopping center because of a new center median. The median is designed to allow for extra traffic flow that will be generated by the new Home Depot, opening soon. Full story...
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Lawmakers give last approval to ban new hog lagoons in N.C.

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The Legislature gave its final approval this afternoon to a bill that will outlaw almost all new hog lagoons in North Carolina. Only Governor Mike Easley's signature is left to turn the measure into law. Full story...
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Group files suit against Google incentives

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A small-government advocacy group filed a lawsuit today challenging the millions (M) of dollars in state incentives used to lure Google to Caldwell County. Full story...
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Starbucks increasing drink prices

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videoCoffee drinkers, the cost of your brew will be rising soon. Starbucks is leading the way, announcing another price increase effective at the end of the month. The coffee conglomerate says by July 31 prices on hand-brewed coffee will increase by nine cents. Full story...
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Are you taking a summer vacation this year?

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Most Americans earn two weeks a year of paid vacation time. Canadians have double that number of days and Italy leads the western world with 42 vacation days each year. It's the time of year to get away. If you went to work today you might have noticed a bunch of empty desks. Full story...
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Minimum wage to increase

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If you make minimum wage, you'll soon see more money in your paycheck. The first of three 70-cent increases in the federal minimum wage is takes effect Tuesday. The rate will go from $5.15 an hour to $5.85 an hour. Full story...
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Wachovia earnings up 24 percent

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Wachovia says profits increased 24 percent in the second quarter, benefiting from the acquisition of Golden West Financial and its growing lending business. Full story...
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Product recall: Easy-bake oven, coffee-maker, chili sauce

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Three products have been recalled. Full story...
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Fans pre-paying for final Harry Potter

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videoFriday night you'll finally be able to get your hands on the new Harry Potter book. But Thursday WWAY NewsChannel 3's Stephanie Beecken had the chance to go inside Books-a-Million's stock room for a sneak peak. Full story...
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Stock market pushed to new highs

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Buyers in the stock market have pushed indices to new highs. Investors are rallying around remarks by the president of the federal reserve bank of Kansas City, Thomas Hoenig, who predicts housing should strengthen later this year. Full story...
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Business owners offering reward to catch killer

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videoBusiness owners in Oak Island are coming together to try to catch a local man's killer. Yellow reward posters have started popping up in business windows since last week. Full story...
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