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New Hanover County News

As smoke moves south, crews make progress on Pender fire

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video Waking up this morning you may have smelled or seen smoke where you live. As winds in the Cape Fear region shifted, smoke from the Pender County fires is pushing southward affecting residents down the coast and across the state line. Full story...
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NC coastal jetties construction bill to become law

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Gov. Beverly Perdue has agreed to loosen North Carolina's 25-year-old policy of preventing the construction of jetties designed to trap sand and protect coastline homes and other buildings from beach erosion. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council approves budget

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Council members gave final approval to the $85 million budget they've been working through for months. The tough economy sparked reduced spending. City employees will not receive a pay increase and construction and maintenance costs are cut to a bare minimum. The budget does not call for a property tax increase or layoffs. Full story...
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Erin Brockovich headlines NCAJ speakers

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video Her personal journey became a Hollywood story, and Sunday Erin Brockovich's journey led her to Wilmington where she spoke to the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Full story...
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Video Update: Scott Slocum explains the incident that led to his firing as Trask basketball coach

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video We've now posted a longer version of the Scott Slocum video that we originally aired on Wednesday night. Slocum explains his side of the story on a disorderly conduct charge that led to his dismissal as Trask basketball coach. Full story...
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Wilmington Convention Center becoming a success

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videoBefore it opened last fall a lot of people in town thought the Wilmington Convention Center would be a waste of money. Instead the center has been quite the opposite. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Animal shelter struggling after food donation stolen

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videoA Brunswick County woman says she's trying to do what's right, and now she has to work a little bit harder after someone took her donations. Full story...
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Oak Island woman 'ecstatic' after big lottery win

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An Oak Island woman says she'll pay off her car loan and save for her three children after winning big in the lottery. 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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ONLY ON 3: Neighbors react to HOA's decision to fine resident for patriotic display

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On Memorial Day, Willoughby Park resident Kelly Hill had a choice between removing a flag on her front door supporting her son, who is fighting in Afghanistan, or face a fine from the homeowner’s association. Full story...
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All hands on deck for Memorial Day ceremony on Battleship North Carolina

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video The deck of the USS North Carolina was packed Memorial Day with people paying their respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Full story...
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It's down to the wire in the high school baseball & softball playoffs

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Between the high school baseball state playoffs, the high school softball state playoffs and the CAA baseball tournament there's going to be a lot of tournament action around our region the next few days. Click full story for a schedule of playoff games and times. Full story...
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Marine experts warn against harming turtles

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North Carolina Marine Fisheries agents are warning fishermen and beach-goers to look out for endangered sea turtles as the large reptiles move into coastal waters as temperatures warm. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Checkpoint yields DWIs, fugitives

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video Some Cinco de Mayo partiers got a surprise on the way home from the bars last night: a DWI checkpoint. Full story...
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TROUBLESHOOTERS: Miscommunication stalls Home Depot customer's refund

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video Imagine getting a bill for something you've never bought, and when you complain, the bills and late fees just keep coming. An elderly Leland woman has been trying to get a mess like this straightened out for months. Turns out, it was all a big misunderstanding. Full story...
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