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WPD: Three busted for stealing copper from Winter Park Presbyterian

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The two men went to the side of the church (Winter Park Presbyterian Church) and started loading up copper drainage piping that had been cut from the church buildings. Detectives stopped the suspects before they drove away. All of the stolen copper was recovered, including some that apparently was taken earlier in the night. Full story...
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WPD: Gang leader killed outside of Rhino club was also murder suspect

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WPD detectives have closed the investigation into the murder of Teshon Malik Lane, age 19, on September 30, 2010. The investigation has been closed due to the death of the offender. Taaron Quintel Jones, age 19, had long been identified as the suspect in Lane’s death, but investigators had insufficient evidence to charge him. Full story...
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Japanese natives try to reach family; Red Cross sets up site to help

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video With all the devastation, some Wilmington residents are working to get in touch with loved ones in Japan. We met a woman from Japan who says she hopes to talk to her family soon. Full story...
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UNCW students in Japan OK

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UNCW says it has three students in Japan. The school has made contact with the students, and they are safe. Full story...
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Rally planned this weekend for two being sued by Titan for slander

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Community event supporting local residents Kayne Darrell and Dr. David Hill in response to the recent lawsuit against them from Titan Cement. Those attending will participate in a visual group solidarity action in support of Dr. Hill and Kayne Darrell. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: County releases R3 from garbage contract; Will cost taxpayers more to keep current system in place

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video New Hanover County has released R3 from its contract to take over the county's solid waste management, County Manager Bruce Shell announced at a Friday morning news conference. R3 now forfeits its bond that guaranteed its work. Full story...
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NC court to hear case on death penalty process

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The state Supreme Court will hear arguments that could help determine the future of the death penalty in North Carolina. Full story...
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Hoke County ethanol plant temporarily shuts down

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Officials at North Carolina's first ethanol plant say they are halting production temporarily in hopes that high corn prices will drop. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: GE-Hitachi says workers in Japan all safe

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Wilmington-based GE-Hitachi says all of its employees in Japan are safe after today's earthquake and tsunami. Full story...
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Students release balloons for classmates killed in crash

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Students in Brunswick County took time this morning to remember two classmates killed in a car crash earlier this week. Full story...