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VOTE 2012: Palombo hopes to unseat Congressional incumbent in newly expanded 3rd District

Thanks to redistricting, our area will be served by two members of the US House of Representatives. Much of Pender County and part of Wilmington are now in the 3rd Congressional District. Rep. Walter Jones has held that seat for 18 years, but this year he has a challenge in the Republican primary from former New Bern Police Chief Frank Palombo. Today Palombo discussed why he believes Congress needs term limits and why folks in our area should not feel marginalized in their new district.

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NC teachers' group won't endorse in governor primary

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A leading public employee group in North Carolina will not endorse a candidate for governor in the Democratic primary. Full story...
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Public discussion on road closure to build ocean-front hotel in Carolina Beach

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Carolina Beach Town Council also held a public hearing to consider closing a portion of Carolina Beach Avenue North in order to move forward in building a hotel on the north end of the boardwalk. Full story...
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Town Council approves parking fee hike in Carolina Beach

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Carolina Beach will see an increase in parking fees this spring. Town Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to extend pay parking by two hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Council also voted to increase hourly parking rates by $0.25 to $1.50/hour. All-day parking will also go up one dollar to $8/day. Full story...
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New Hanover Health Dept. looking at other ways to use rejected grant money

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video After all five New Hanover County Commissioners voted against a grant to fund contraceptives for women yesterday, the New Hanover County Health Department is trying again. Full story...
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US Senate panel hears about Camp Lejeune water

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A US Senate committee is hearing about the military's attempt to delete information from a report about contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune. Full story...
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Commissioners vote down family planning grant, Barfield regrets decision

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video Providing contraception for women has been a national topic for months, and now it has sparked debate in New Hanover County. Commissioners unanimously voted down a state grant that would fund contraceptive supplies and services in the county. Full story...
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Poll shows Pantano has 2 to 1 lead over Rouzer

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A new poll shows Ilario Pantano with more than double the support of David Rouzer for the Republican nomination for North Carolina's 7th District seat in the US House, reports Politico. Full story...
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Obama campaign posts its own NCAA tournament pool

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President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is trying to make some bucks off March Madness with its own version of the NCAA Tournament office pool. Full story...
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Santorum: Convention would give me GOP nomination

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Rick Santorum says he believes he would get the Republican presidential nomination if that race lasts until the GOP nominating convention. Full story...
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Fayetteville city manager resigns amid pressure

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Fayetteville's city manager is stepping down amid pressure from City Council members unhappy with him opposing the council's vote to end a type of police search where officers do not have a warrant. Full story...
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Charlotte lawyer withdraws from Edwards defense

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A well-known Charlotte defense lawyer has plans to withdraw from the team representing John Edwards in his upcoming criminal trial. Full story...
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As governor, legislature fight for ferry fares, business owners worry

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videoIt hasn't happened yet, but riding a ferry in North Carolina could soon cost more. The legislature required the Department of Transportation to raise more revenue from ferry riders, but a recent executive order by the governor has temporarily stopped that plan. People in southport are still worried about the possibility of a hike. Full story...
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NC Republicans could see contested prez primary

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North Carolina Republicans are looking more likely to get their chance to help choose a presidential nominee after Super Tuesday failed to materialize as the clincher for front-runner Mitt Romney. Full story...
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Obama urges shift to new energy technologies during NC visit

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday made his most urgent appeal yet for the nation to wean itself from oil, calling it a "fuel of the past" and demanding that the United States broaden its approach to energy. Full story...
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