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RAW VIDEO: Berger, colleagues air differences at town hall meeting

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Commissioners talked about a lot of issues during a town hall meeting at Williston Middle School last night, but several times questions via Twitter brought the commissioners back to the ongoing issues involving Commissioner Brian Berger, including the other commissioners asking him to resign recently.

This video includes the raw video we shot during those parts of the meeting, including what Berger had to say about his fellow commissioners and responses from Chairman Jonathan Barfield and Vice Chairman Jason Thompson.

Again, this is RAW video, and has not been edited beyond the use of the record button on the camera.

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Commissioners still have beef with Berger

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video It seems the controversy surrounding New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger will never end. The board tried to have a productive town hall meeting Wednesday night, but it wasn't long before issues involving Berger took over the conversation. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Thompson responds to Berger's issues and accusations

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video Commission Vice Chair Jason Thompson sat down with WWAY tonight to talk about Berger's issues and accusations. He discussed the widening rift between Berger and fellow commissioners, Berger's refusal to take responsibility for his own problems and where the commission goes from here. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Thompson responds to Berger's issues and accusations

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's been a long couple of weeks for New Hanover County Commissioners, culminating last night in Brian Berger refusing to resign as the other commissioners requested and then blaming them for the distractions and drama his personal issues have caused. Commission Vice Chair Jason Thompson sat down with WWAY tonight to talk about Berger's issues and accusations. He discussed the widening rift between Berger and fellow commissioners, Berger's refusal to take responsibility for his own problems and where the commission goes from here.

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Berger stays quiet, commission tries to focus on county issues

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video New Hanover County Commissioners met Tuesday night for their first formal meeting since last week's controversies involving Brian Berger. Although Berger told WWAY Monday he was considering resigning, Tuesday that did not seem to be the case. Full story...
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Thompson: Storm debris not county's problem

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video It's been three days since Hurricane Irene, but debris still litters many New Hanover County yards. County leaders are waiting to see if FEMA will pick up the bill for the clean-up, but for now, one commissioner says it's not the county's responsibility and he doesn't wanna pay for it. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Berger home from jail says he's "doing a great job"

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video After New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger got out of jail Friday morning, fellow Commissioner Jason Thompson, picked him up, took him to lunch and dropped Berger at home. WWAY's Asha Davé was the only reporter at Berger's house when the commissioner returned, but Berger said he had nothing to say about what happened or his night in jail. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: Commissioner Berger has worst attendance record of all commissioners

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Mr. Berger has pointed out an inaccuracy in this story that we would like to correct. Both he and New Hanover County Commissioner Rick Catlin missed a CFPUA meeting in February because they were in Washington, DC at another meeting. However, Berger is late to commission meetings at least 25 percent of the time, according to attendance records requested from the county clerk's office. Full story...
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Berger admits to collecting unemployment; Thompson says Berger owes community an explanation

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video New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger has been collecting unemployment benefits for months according to a employer wage audit notice sent to the New Hanover County Government Center. We attempted to catch up with Berger Thursday at an agenda-briefing meeting to get his side of the story. Full story...
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Less than 12 hours after gentlemen's agreement, Berger lets loose with another critical post; Barfield praying for him

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"All do respect, politicians with nice hair deferring to WID to make decisions hasn't worked out well for the County so I'd rather see the Board of Commissioners make a decision without letting WID drive the bus. Near as I can tell that's the best way to describe NHC policy on non-attainment." - Brian Berger Full story...
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Commission explores Berger censure

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video Much controversy has surrounded the New Hanover County Commission and their e-mail exchanges this week. After Commissioner Brian Berger publicly accused fellow Commissioner Rick Catlin of holding secret meetings and stealing his notes, Catlin decided to send a few e-mails of his own. Full story...
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Catlin, Thompson react to Berger's repetitive, rambling, ripping email sent to county staff

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"Normally I try not to weigh in on things Brian does or doesn't do, but in this case, after reading his six-page very angry tirade I had to defend county staff," said Commissioner Rick Catlin Full story...
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Berger sends second scathing email Tuesday to Barfield, Thompson and Catlin

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After seeing an email that New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger sent to County Manager Bruce Shell and other county staffers, Commissioners Jonathan Barfield, Jason Thompson and Rick Catlin sent Berger an email calling him out for his unprofessionalism. He fired back Tuesday with this email: Full story...
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Berger flips out on fellow commissioners, county manager and staffers

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video New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger sent a scathing email on Monday to members of the county staff, ripping them apart for not getting information to him he requested regarding an air-quality issue. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: R3 CEO Robin Grathwol - MISSING: DAY 4

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Robin Grathwol, you promised the people of New Hanover County your company, R3, would take care of their trash in a new and exciting way. You promised you'd be able to sift through it, turn some of it into energy and recycle the rest. You promised you'd eventually be able to get rid of our landfill. Now it appears your company can't live up to what it promised. Full story...
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