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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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StarNews: Corning cutting 100 salaried jobs in NC

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video Corning Inc. is cutting a total of 100 salaried positions at its three North Carolina facilities, the company said Monday. Full story...
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'Bring it! Downtown' showing signs of success

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video Members of Wilmington's "Bring it! Downtown" campaign say the last six months were a success. The group told City Council this morning it surpassed benchmarks from council while increasing membership from 42 to 71. Full story...
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Sneads Ferry experiencing building boom

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videoThe new year is bringing new business to Sneads Ferry. While some see dollar signs with new job opportunities, others say they're sad to see so much construction. To some, the sound of constructions it the sound of success. To others, it's something much different. Full story...
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County unemployment rates show big drop in Pender since Nov. '11

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video Pender County has shown the biggest improvement over the last year. The unemployment rate has dropped 2.4 points percent drop over the course of a year to 10.0 percent. That tied with two other counties for the second biggest drop in the entire state since November 2011. Full story...
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McIntyre explains vote against fiscal cliff deal

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video While the Congress last night passed a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff for a couple more months, it did not get support from eastern North Carolina's representatives in the US House. Full story...
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