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20.7% of residential properties with mortgage are underwater in Wilmington

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In Wilmington, 20.7 percent, or 14,968, of all residential properties with a mortgage were in negative equity for second quarter 2011. An additional 6.4 percent, or 4,612, were in near negative equity in Wilmington. Full story...
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Former Pender Co. Public Works Director fired in VA for being AWOL during hurricane

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Paul Parker was fired Sept. 6 for failing to meet expectations, county attorney John Morrison said. As county officials set up an emergency operation ahead of Hurricane Irene's arrival, Parker was supposed to lead the effort. Instead, he left town, Morrison said. Parker had served as public works director in Pender County before going to Chowan County. Full story...
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Hundreds camping out in Raleigh for tickets to Obama visit

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Hundreds of people camped out overnight Tuesday for a chance to be some of the first people in line to get tickets to see President Barack Obama. The President will be in the Triangle Wednesday to talk about American Jobs Act he presented to Congress last week. Full story...
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Second fire strikes home in 24 hours

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WFD fire crews responded to a residential structure fire at 307 Calhoun Drive this morning. The fire has been extinguished at this time and is in investigative mode. Full story...
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Perdue takes aim at childhood hunger in NC

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Gov. Beverly Perdue is taking aim at childhood hunger in North Carolina by promoting a public-private partnership geared toward increasing participation in meals programs. Full story...
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Carnival company fined after worker dies in NC

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A Georgia company faces a $27,000 fine for safety violations after a carnival worker was killed in North Carolina while dismantling a Ferris wheel in May. Full story...
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SpongeBob makes kids slow thinkers, study finds

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He may be one of the longest-running, best-loved cartoons in Nickelodeon history, but SpongeBob SquarePants is getting no love from child psychologists. According to research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, watching fast-paced cartoons like SpongeBob, even for just a few minutes, hinders abstract thinking, short-term memory and impulse control in preschoolers. Full story...
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War veteran shares her unique story with UNCW students

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video Jennifer Crane is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. As a victim of post-traumatic stress disorder, Crane now travels the country trying to raise awareness about what many service members are going through in their post-war lives. Full story...
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Bill puts limit on House Speaker and Senate Leader terms

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The House speaker and Senate leader in the North Carolina General Assembly would be limited to serving at most eight consecutive years in their top posts in legislation approved by the state Senate. Full story...
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NC program aimed at removing litter from highways

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The state of North Carolina is launching a new program to rid some of its busiest highways of trash. Full story...
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