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FIRST ON 3: New Hanover Co. catching grief for not cleaning up debris; May change mind (UPDATED @ 5:15 pm)

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video There is no decision whether the county will activate it’s debris removal contract. New Hanover County is awaiting word whether the county will receive payment from FEMA to cover the cost of countywide debris pick up. The cost to New Hanover County government could be as high as $500,000. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Some sea turtle nests destroyed, others hatched during Irene

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video When you think of Topsail Island, you just might think of sea turtles. While humans on the island continue to clean up in the wake of Hurricane Irene, there's concern about the turtles that have been waiting to hatch on the island. Full story...
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Irene's impact on waterways affects boaters, fisherman

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video Hurricane Irene's had a big impact up the coast from here, but the Coast Guard says our area's beaches were relatively unscathed. Boaters and fishermen from Pleasure Island say the Carolina Beach Inlet has become even more of a problem after Irene. Full story...
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Topsail Beach damage estimated at $1 million

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Although Hurricane Irene hit beach communities like Topsail Island pretty hard, there are not many reports of major damage. Full story...
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Coastal waters temporarily close to shellfishing

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Upon recommendation of the state health director, the NC Division of Marine Fisheries will temporarily close all coastal waters to shellfish harvesting effective immediately, due to potential impacts of floodwaters on these areas. Full story...
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Stay safe while cleaning up after the storm

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As residents begin cleaning from Hurricane Irene, State Health Director Dr. Jeff Engel advises North Carolinians to take extra precautions to protect their health and safety. Injuries from falls are common after storms as residents climb ladders to repair roof or tree damage. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: 'Frog' still on the lam

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Tabor City Police say Allen "Frog" Strickland called Chief Donald Dowless Saturday and said he would turn himself in this morning. At last check, the teen has not shown up. Full story...
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Chad Michael Murray comes home to 'One Tree Hill'

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As "One Tree Hill" approaches the end of its run, an original cast member prepares to return to the Wilmington-shot drama. Full story...
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Perdue asks for federal disaster declaration

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North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue is asking for a federal disaster declaration for seven coastal counties that suffered severe damage during Hurricane Irene. Full story...
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Hurricane Irene leads to at least 26 deaths

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Hurricane Irene led to the deaths of at least 26 people in eight states, including six in North Carolina. Full story...
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