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Annexation rules changes head to full Senate

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Changes to rules governing forced annexations by North Carolina towns and cities are one step closer to passage after being years in the making. Full story...
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Proposed Southport annexation could leave some homeless

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video The idea of annexation does not go over very well with folks who live just outside Southport. Many say it's unconstitutional, or that they can't afford the extra fees and taxes. However, those who live in the Woodside Trailer Park say they could be left without a place to live. Full story...
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Fire contained at Archer Daniels Midland plant in Southport

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At about 11:30 a.m., employees at ADM noticed smoke near the yeast drying system of the facility's CitriStim animal feed ingredient production area. The fire suppression system was activated, and the production area was evacuated. Full story...
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NC study looks at pros, cons of shipping industry

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A wide-ranging study of the maritime business in North Carolina will examine how shipping goods by sea can create more jobs and encourage economic development. Full story...
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Southport trying to figure out why power bills have surged

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video Some Southport residents say their recent power bills have been as high as $800 a month. The city says it is trying to figure out what could be making bills skyrocket and how to fix the problem. Full story...
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Thornton out as Southport city manager

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video Southport needs a new city manager. Mayor Robert Howard confirmed Alan Thornton quit his job during last night's Board of Aldermen meeting. Full story...
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Southport sign rules up for debate tonight

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The debate about what can go on sidewalks in front of business continues tonight in Southport. The city's planning board has a public meeting tonight about the rules. Full story...
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MLK march celebrates equality and unity

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video Folks in Southport say it's never too early to celebrate the many accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "We honor a great American," says Ivory Parker. "We honor a great person." Full story...
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DMV seeks applications for new license plate agency in Southport

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The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is seeking applicants to operate a license plate agency in the Southport area. The current lease for the agency has expired and is open for renewal. Full story...
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TROUBLESHOOTERS: Dirt pile blocking neighbors' trash collection

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video Taking out the trash has turned troublesome for some Southport residents. Waste Industries can no longer drive down their road, and it's all because of one person. Full story...
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Progress Energy says tritium leak is fixed at Brunswick Nuclear Plant

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video Progress Energy Inc. is watching monitoring wells at its Brunswick Nuclear Plant after finding a leak that caused elevated levels of a radioactive isotope in groundwater. Full story...
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STATE PORT PILOT: Dosher asked to pay $1 million power bill

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video The City of Southport is seeking more than $1 million from Dosher Memorial Hospital for electricity used but not paid for since fiscal year 2004, due to an error in billing discovered from internal audits of the city’s utility accounts, the State Port Pilot reports. Full story...
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Easley's hometown reacts to plea deal

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video Though Mike Easley is considered a hometown boy in Southport, many residents feel they got no hometown support from him. Easley has been under state and federal investigation for two years, but many in Southport say they have known there was something a little fishy about him for a long time. Full story...
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Dosher sponsors drug disposal event

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Throwing medications down the drain or the toilet can pollute the water supply. And with prescriptions now the drug of choice for many teens, leaving old meds at home can be a bad idea. Full story...
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Southport delays sidewalk clearing to work on new rules

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A 45-day moratorium on sidewalk clearing will give the Board of Aldermen more time to figure out how city code could be rewritten to let businesses keep some items like benches, tables, chairs and flower displays. Full story...
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