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Pender County News

Area beaches on national list

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An annual beach quality report includes four beaches in our area. The National Resources Defense Council gives three stars to Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach. Full story...
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Expert says recent shark attacks not sign of trend

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video Three weeks and two shark attacks off our coast. A 13-year-old girl is recovering tonight at her home in Davidson after being bitten at Wrightsville Beach Saturday, but there's still some mystery lurking in this case. Full story...
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SE NC gets $22 million from feds for waterway projects

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Southeastern North Carolina is getting more than $22 million from the federal government for beaches and inlets, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Wilmington Port. Full story...
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Local, state, federal leaders meet to discuss oil concerns

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video More than 60 emergency managers, mayors and local officials met with representatives from Raleigh and Washington today to review their course of action if any oil were to come up the coast, even though the chances of that happening are slim. Full story...
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Leland man sentenced to 10 years on federal drug conviction

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United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced Louis Alberto Becerra, 27, an illegal alien residing in Leland to 120 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Soles, Boseman end historic careers in legislature

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video The two have made history. Julia Boseman is the first openly gay senator. With 42 years in the House and Senate, R.C. Soles has served longer than any other legislator ever. The two say despite some bumps in the road, it's been a memorable run, and they hope to remain active in their communities. Full story...
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Coastal homeowners could qualify for insurance premium discounts

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video The state Department of Insurance is offering premium discounts on wind and hail policies. People who take or have taken steps to protect their homes against wind and hail may qualify. Full story...
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Voting underway in run-offs

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The only statewide race is the Democratic nomination for US Senate. Bladen, New Hanover and Pender counties also have run-offs on the ballot. Tune in to WWAY NewsChannel 3 tonight for results. Full story...
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Early voting numbers vary by county

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Early voting for the June 22 run-off elections is doing better than expected in a few counties, but for some the turn out is disappointing. Full story...
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State settles Ag-Mart case

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Workers at Ag-Mart's North Carolina farms say their children suffered severe birth defects as a result of pesticide misuse. One woman, who was pregnant when she worked for Ag-Mart, had a son born with no arms and no legs. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Pesticide Board to consider settlement with Ag-Mart

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Workers at Ag-Mart's North Carolina farms say their children suffered severe birth defects as a result of pesticide misuse. One woman, who was pregnant when she worked for Ag-Mart, had a son born with no arms and no legs. Full story...
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Top Republican asks top Dems to block Soles

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The top Republican in the state Senate wants the governor and the Senate's top Democrat to block bills filed recently by Sen. R.C. Soles. Full story...
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Rip currents could be problem this weekend

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If you plan on going to the beach this Memorial Day weekend, watch out for rip currents. There is a high risk of rip currents for New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick County beaches. Full story...
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A look at some bills introduced by our legislators

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Bills with local interest include state control of video gaming machines, enhancing the state's film incentives, changes to New Hanover County's ABC board and a subsidy for a non-profit. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: DA candidates talk about the Soles bill to split the district

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video "Soles has a history of abusing his office and abusing his power," says Joe Sinsheimer, a consultant for the Democratic Party. "And it's incumbent upon Senator Basnight to take a stand and publicly rebuke Senator Soles for this kind of self-serving and embarrassing legislation." Full story...
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