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Council Members vying to keep seats

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The deadline has passed and the candidates are ready to go. A dozen candidates have filed to run for the Wilmington City Council. Some of them are already speaking out. Laura Padgett has been on Wilmington's City Council for 12 years and is running to keep her seat. Full story...
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10 new candidates to run for office

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It was a busy day Friday at the New Hanover County Board of Elections. The filing deadline was Friday at noon, and 10 new candidates signed up to run for elected office. The headline today is former Wilmington Mayor Harper Peterson, filing to run for the office again. View a complete list of candidates here Full story...
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Leland Town Council opposes free wireless internet

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There's a push in the state legislature to stop cities from providing free wireless internet for residents. Full story...
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Two new faces running for City Council

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Two new faces are in the running for Wilmington City Council. Kristi Tomey announcing her bid, minutes before Ricky Meeks announced his. Full story...
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Federal government to provide Carolina Beach dredging funding

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The federal government is giving some much needed money to Carolina Beach for the inlet dredging project. Thursday the US House, Energy and Water appropriations committee granted $1.2 million for Carolina Beach inlet dredging. It's enough to cover the full cost of the project. Full story...
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Change could come for lottery formula

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The House Finance Committee has approved a bill to include a school district's financial needs as well as attendance growth when distributing money from the lottery for school construction. Full story...
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Red light money going to schools

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Thanks to all "red light" runners caught on tape, New Hanover County schools are getting a financial windfall. Ninety percent of all the revenue from the red light tickets will go to the county's school district. Full story...
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N.C. Senate committee approves Medicaid swap with counties

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Counties would be relieved of their Medicaid burden by mid-2009, but wouldn't be allowed to issue more taxes as well in a bill that finally cleared a Senate committee. Full story...
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N.C. Democrats working on Dole challenge

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North Carolina and national Democrats still are looking for a candidate to challenge Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole next year. One Democratic consultant says the party may consider letting up on the search a bit. Full story...
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City council to get new members next year

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videoThere may be some new faces on City Council next year. Friday was the first day for council members to file for election. Full story...
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Program helps elderly citizens stay cool in summer heat

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Gov. Mike Easley today announced that Operation Fan/Heat Relief is underway for the summer of 2007. The program provides free fans to eligible seniors living in North Carolina to help them better cope with the summer heat. Full story...
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Saffo wants to stay mayor

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videoBill Saffo wants to keep his job as Wilmington's mayor. He made it official Friday. The mayor of Wilmington says he's in. He filed his candidacy for mayor Friday. Mayor Saffo was greeted by a crowd of cheering supporters outside the board of elections. He says repairing the sewers and bringing good paying jobs to Wilmington are his top two priorities. Full story...
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Bush commutes Libby's sentence

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Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former Chief of Staff, will serve no prison time for lying and obstructing justice. President Bush's decision to commute Libby's two-and-a-half year sentence has set off a wave of criticism. Full story...
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Proposed bill would publicize crime hearings

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videoSix months ago a New Hanover County grand jury accidentally indicted a former deputy on murder charges. Now a bill is making its way through State legislature that could have cleared up a lot of confusion in that case. If this bill is passed it would mean that what goes on in the grand jury room would no longer be kept secret. Full story...
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Senate Democrats agree to keep "temporary" tax for another month

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Senate Democrats have agreed to keep a "temporary" sales tax on the books for at least another month. Full story...
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