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Castle Branch to bring headquarters, 420 jobs to Wilmington

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video After looking into opportunities in California and Canada, Castle Branch, which does background and drug screenings for employers, says Wilmington is the place it will continue to call home. Full story...
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Sequester could have big impact on Coast Guard, Diligence

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video We're just days away from major federal spending cuts going into effect if the White House and Congress cannot reach a compromise. The sequester is a series of automatic cuts that will affect most government agencies, as well as thousands of people in our area, including the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence. Full story...
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DAK Americas might close Navassa plant

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videoDAK Americas is considering shutting down its plant in Navassa, the company said Wednesday. The Brunswick County plant employs 350 full-time employees as well as another 250 contract workers. Full story...
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City Council, County Commission agree to work together

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video They’re two of the most influential governing bodies in our area and after some bad blood in the past it appears that the New Hanover County Commissioners and the Wilmington City Council are finally seeing things eye to eye. Full story...
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Leland businesses worried about possible sign restrictions

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video Business owners in Leland are worried potential restrictions on signs in town could cost them money. Thursday town council will discuss limiting signs to a maximum height of six to eight feet depending on the business's zoning area. Full story...
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McCrory talks up priorities in NC State of State

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videoRepublican Gov. Pat McCrory says his new administration will focus on the economy, education and the efficiency of state government services. Full story...
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Obama pushes for higher minimum wage on plant tour

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videoPresident Barack Obama is pushing for a higher minimum wage because he says Americans who work full time should not be in poverty. Full story...
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Southport businesses cash in on 'Safe Haven'

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Southport is attracting fans from all over thanks to the movie "Safe Haven." The movie was filmed in and around Southport last summer, and even hand-picked a few local stores for several scenes. Many of these stores have been cashing in on the movie which does not even hit the big screen until Valentine's Day. Full story...
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NC bill would create new vocational HS diplomas

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A new bill working its way through the North Carolina legislature would create new high school graduation requirements focusing on vocational training to help graduating students not headed to college to get jobs. Full story...
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Wilmington lagging in job creation

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video A recent North Carolina Department of Commerce study shows that Wilmington has the third worst job creation rate in the state of North Carolina, but one area business is helping to buck that trend. Full story...
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McCrory wants NC college focus on in-demand jobs

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Gov. Pat McCrory says he's determined to get North Carolina's public university system focused on teaching what's economically useful. Full story...
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Budget, economy, crime hot topics in State of the City address

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video Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo admits that the issues and challenges facing his city are many, but despite those issues Saffo says that progress is being made on multiple fronts. Full story...
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Wilmington leaders talk strategy to foster economic growth

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videoTuesday night Wilmington leaders reviewed last year's economic development and put a plan in place for further growth in 2013 at WHQR's public forum. Full story...
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NC unemployment rate edges up in December

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video The state Commerce Department said Friday the rate was 9.2 percent in December, compared with 9.1 percent in November. That's down from 10.4 percent in December 2011. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: 2012 best year for homes sales at St. James

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video A Brunswick County golf community is experiencing a boom in home sales. In fact, the leaders at St. James Plantation say 2012 was their best year yet. Full story...
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