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Quarter-cent sales tax increase fails in Brunswick County, BHI approves beach bond

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There will be no quarter-cent sales tax increase in Brunswick County, but voters in Bald Head Island did approve bonds to protect the island's beaches. Full story...
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Sheriff Hatcher wins first Columbus Co. campaign

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Lewis Hatcher won his first campaign Tuesday night. Hatcher beat out for other democrats for the office of Columbus County Sheriff. Full story...
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PENDER COUNTY: Incumbent sheriff wins primary while redistricting prompts change

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Pender County's top cop will have another chance at re-election. Redistricting for the Pender County Commission forced two sitting commissioners into the same district. Full story...
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Bladen Co. sheriff wins, voters stike down three ballot issues

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Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston is a step closer to reelection, but Bladen County voters were not as enthusiastic for ballot questions about increases the sales tax and alcohol sales. Full story...
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Targeted Rep. Walter Jones beats GOP rival Griffin

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Maverick North Carolina congressman Walter Jones is retaining the backing of Republicans in the district he's represented for 20 years. Unofficial results Tuesday show Jones survived the Republican Party primary against rival Taylor Griffin, who benefited from more than $1 million in advertising help from out-of-state political groups. Full story...
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Tillis wins NC Senate GOP primary, faces Hagan

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Thom Tillis has won North Carolina's Republican Senate primary and will take on Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in November. The state House speaker and favorite of national Republican leaders beat seven other candidates Tuesday. Full story...
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Hagan wins NC Democratic primary for US Senate

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Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan has won her primary for U.S. Senate over two lesser-known opponents. Full story...
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Candidates, county renounce campaign calls that claim to be Brian Berger

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videoDuring election season, automated calls from candidates are nothing out of the norm, but last night and this morning some New Hanover County voters got one with what sounds like unexpected endorsements from Commissioner Brian Berger. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Sen. Rabon cited for hitting parked car

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videoWilmington Police have cited a state senator for hitting a car in a downtown Wilmington parking lot Sunday night. In a story that was FIRST ON 3, witnesses claimed Sen. Bill Rabon (R-8th District) hit a car in the lot at 2nd and Princess streets Sunday evening. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Witnesses accuse state senator of hit and run

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videoWitnesses say a state senator was behind the wheel of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident in downtown Wilmington last night. The crew of a movie shooting on Princess Street says they saw Sen. Bill Rabon (R-8th District) drive off after hitting a parked car in a parking lot at 2nd and Princess, but the senator says he had no idea. Full story...
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City Council eyes tax increase

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videoCity council won't vote on the budget until the middle of June. Until then they'll continue to hammer out specifics. On the table Tuesday, Wilmington’s City Council is pounding out the 2014-15 budget. Full story...
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County Commission approves funding for Carolina Beach renourishment, passes on moving up Kure Beach plan

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videoNew Hanover County will chip in nearly $2 million for beach renourishment at Carolina Beach, but commissioners tonight took no action on a plan to move up a project for Kure Beach. Full story...
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Rally pushes for continuation of NC film incentives

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videoFilm equals jobs. That's what hundreds of people were chanting at today's NC Film rally downtown. Film industry employees and supporters worried about their future came out in full force. Organizers says more than 1,000 people turned out. Full story...
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Walter Jones faces GOP rival, $1M in outside money

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Eastern North Carolina congressman Walter Jones may be facing the strongest effort to date from his own party members to unseat him. Full story...
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