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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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ONLY ON 3: New Hanover Co. Commissioner denies being part of Lejeune water cover-up

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video The effects of the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune continue to ripple across the community. As one retired Marine continues to speak out about the controversy, he's making some serious allegations against a New Hanover County Commissioner. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Barfield travels a lot, but commission costs well under budget

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There has been talk that New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield has been traveling a lot and may have caused the county to overspend its travel budget. So we looked into Barfield's expenses. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Catlin wrong about county credit downgrade

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video New Hanover County Commissioner Rick Catlin may have put his foot in his mouth this morning during a radio show. On the Big Talker FM this morning Catlin said just like the federal government Standard & Poor's had downgraded the county's credit rating to AA+. Full story...
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Catlin makes NC House run official

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New Hanover County Commissioner Rick Catlin officially announced today he will run for the NC House of Representatives next year. WWAY reported last month Catlin plans to run for the newly-formed District 20 seat. Full story...
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Catlin plans run for state House

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New Hanover County Commissioner Rick Catlin says he will run for the state House of Representatives. Catlin says he will make an official announcement after the legislature finishes drawing new lines for House districts, but he says he does plan to run in the newly drawn House District 20. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: Commissioner Berger has worst attendance record of all commissioners

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Mr. Berger has pointed out an inaccuracy in this story that we would like to correct. Both he and New Hanover County Commissioner Rick Catlin missed a CFPUA meeting in February because they were in Washington, DC at another meeting. However, Berger is late to commission meetings at least 25 percent of the time, according to attendance records requested from the county clerk's office. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: As New Hanover Co. looks to make cuts, commissioners run up tab

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video New Hanover County Commissioners are wrestling with a budget filled with cuts. But they may be guilty of not cutting back on their own spending. We requested recent travel expenses from several county commissioners who left the state on county business. The public records reveal $299 a night hotel stays, room service and golf gear. Full story...
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Barfield hopes for commission harmony

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With all of the drama and controversy surrounding the New Hanover County Commission, you might wonder if they will ever just get along. Tonight will be the first full County Commission meeting since all of last week's drama. Full story...
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DEVELOPING: Catlin fights back, wants Berger censured

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"Berger has gone on record of accusing me of stealing his notes. This is harmful to my business and my employees. You could be next. I have asked Wanda for her input. I would appreciate yours. We can discuss tomorrow." Full story...
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Commission explores Berger censure

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video Much controversy has surrounded the New Hanover County Commission and their e-mail exchanges this week. After Commissioner Brian Berger publicly accused fellow Commissioner Rick Catlin of holding secret meetings and stealing his notes, Catlin decided to send a few e-mails of his own. Full story...
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