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Where is the water? Porters Neck residents worried about dried up ponds

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video Porters Neck residents have mowed back the weeds and tall grass but it's not to make their neighborhood look pretty. It's in anticipation of getting back the water in their dried out ponds. Full story...
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NC House candidates talk fracking and homeowners insurance

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video With the first day of early voting behind us, Thursday night folks in New Hanover County got the chance to meet candidates for NC House Districts 19 and 20. Full story...
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Davis/Swearingen and Catlin/Gale candidate forums TONIGHT on RTV and WHQR at starting at 7 p.m.

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video WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio will host and broadcast two candidate forums with Ted Davis (R) and Emilie Swearingen (D) for NC House District 19 and Rick Catlin (R) and Tom Gale (D) for NC House District 20. The forum is TONIGHT at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. The forums will also air live on 91.3fm and on RTV. Full story...
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Elections Board schedules 2nd hearing on Gott's residency

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videoThe controversy surrounding Melissa Gott's nomination to the New Hanover County Commission is still not over. At a meeting tonight, the county Board of Elections decided to hold another full hearing on Gott's residency status. Full story...
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Barfield dismisses Melissa Gott as commissioner candidate despite GOP backing

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video Last week New Hanover County Commissioners ran into a roadblock in deciding whether to pick up Melissa Gott to act as their temporary fifth board member. Because of confusion over Gott's residency, commissioners decided to wait. But now, Chairman Jonathan Barfield says Gott has got to go. Full story...
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'Smear campaign' started against Gott to keep her out of Davis's seat

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video New Hanover County Commissioners decided to send nominee Melissa Gott back to the county GOP for more vetting after someone complained that she's not a full time resident of the county. Gott was nominated to take over for Commissioner Ted Davis after he was named to the state senate. Full story...
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Coudriet offers to forgive remaining Berger debt; commissioners say not so fast

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video It's finally pay back time for New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger. Berger paid a portion of the more than $400 he owes the county in travel expenses, but the story does not end there. Full story...
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Berger balks at new policy for travel

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New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is back on the offensive challenging a recently passed travel policy after his request to use county funds to attend an upcoming conference was denied. Full story...
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Casteen to petition for spot on ballot for new House District 20

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A Wilmington attorney and CPA wants to run for the new NC House District 20 seat, but he'll have to take an unusual path to get there. Full story...
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Commissioners vote 3 to 2 in favor of accepting family planning money

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video After weeks of public and even national outrage, New Hanover County Commissioners have voted in favor of nearly $9,000 in family planning funding. Last month, the board unanimously voted against accepting the money. Full story...
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Commissioners react to mounting criticism of voting down contraceptive funding; Barfield: a colossal mistake

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video Criticism of the New Hanover County Commission's vote against accepting a family planning grant has reached the state level, and now the board wants to reconsider. Full story...
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Berger votes against transferring donated money to help people who can't afford CFPUA bills

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video A vote to transfer thousands of dollars in private donations to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority to help county residents without water seemed to be a no-brainer to the majority of county commissioners. Two we spoke with say they just don't understand why Berger would vote against it. Full story...
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Woman donates $10,000 to make sure families have water this Christmas

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video Most of us cannot imagine living without water, but there are hundreds of people in New Hanover County who will spend Christmas without it. A Wilmington woman we spoke with today decided to do something about it. Yesterday she donated $10,000 to help out. Full story...
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Davis, Barfield fire back after Berger says 'I will come down on you like a hammer on a nail'

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video It seems that New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger's tardiness is not just affecting his schedule. Berger was late again today, which caused him to miss a crucial vote that will greatly affect his future on community boards.VIDEO INCLUDED Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Berger launches e-mail battle with fellow commissioners after being thrown off boards

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video A day after fellow commissioners removed him from most public boards on which he was a member, New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger launched an e-mail fight with fellow commissioners. Full story...
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