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Living with Autism: A local teen shares his story

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video Austin Smith is a brave young man on a mission to educate the world about Autism. He's a senior at Laney High School and for his senior project, Austin decided to get the word out when it comes to Autism. Full story...
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North Carolina teen pregnancies drop to new historic lows

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The 2012 teen pregnancy rate was 39.6 per 1,000 15-19 year old girls. In other words, fewer than 4% of 15-19 year old girls in North Carolina experienced a pregnancy last year. Full story...
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CFPUA issues boil water advisory for Love Grove community

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for all customers living in Wilmington's Love Grove community. The advisory comes after a water main break in the area near the railroad tracks there. CFPUA crews worked to fix the issue, but say once service is restored, the entire community will be under the boil water advisory. Full story...
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Fit Minute: Pole Fitness not what you might think it's for

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videoWhen you hear the term 'pole dancing,' your eyebrows might raise a bit. While it seems a bit too risque for many, it's actually a great form of exercise. Full story...
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High-demand NC food banks getting funds

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North Carolina food banks faced with increased demand because of high unemployment and government assistance delays are getting nearly $3 million. Full story...
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Funding secured to continue WIC program in North Carolina

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North Carolina state government announced Thursday night it will resume issuing benefits to poor women and their children through a federally funded program, two days after announcing the US government shutdown would force their suspension. Full story...
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Trio skateboarding to Key West to raise awareness, money for cancer research

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video Some friends are skateboarding for cancer. The group started their journey two weeks ago in Virginia Beach and are heading to Key West, FL. Full story...
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Lawmakers want quicker fix to NC Medicaid billing

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North Carolina General Assembly members want more assurances that delays for hospitals and doctors getting Medicaid claims paid through a new billing system will be fixed sooner rather than later. Full story...
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Dog days of fall

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videoIt was the dog days of fall this weekend at Wrightsville Beach Park for the 20th Annual Bark in the Park. Man’s best friend competed against fellow dogs in a frisbee-catching contest, and the competition was ruff. Full story...
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Makenzi Henderson and Randy Aldridge go to jail for MDA

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videoWWAY's Makenzi Henderson and Randy Aldridge are out of "jail." The annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up is today at Hendrick Toyota Scion. Full story...
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Muscular Dystrophy devastates teen's body but not his spirit

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video Doctors diagnosed Justin Verzaal with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It's the most common and severe form among children. While the disease is wreaking havoc on his body, it's not ruining his spirit. Full story...
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Other new NC laws taking effect Oct. 1

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New laws taking effect Tuesday in North Carolina will: make clear the definition of "recreational facilities" where local governments can regulate the possession of concealed weapons. The definition includes athletic fields, swimming pools and gymnasium but doesn't include playgrounds, greenways or bike paths. Full story...
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FIT MINUTE: TRX is a unique and fun workout

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video When Kathryn Ipsen took a TRX class at the Wilmington YMCA for the first time, she admits it was 'a bit nerve-wracking.' But, after she got through her first hour of TRX, she said she couldn't wait to take another class. Then, after doing four classes, Ipsen said she's glad she got over her nerves. Full story...
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Girls find new hope as cheerleaders

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video Good sportsmanship and team work go beyond the football roster at Topsail High School. Along the sidelines, fans can cheer on the inclusive cheer squad. It's made up of girls with developmental challenges who want nothing more than to be like those around them. Full story...
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Class focuses on proper car seat use for special needs kids

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video New Hanover County Fire Rescue helped sponsor a training class for transporting children with special health needs. The class taught technicians who work with families how to use car seats correctly. Full story...
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