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State planning railway improvements for southeastern NC

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videoThe state is making progress in plans to bring an improved railway system to southeastern North Carolina. Seven million dollars from the state budget could be used to eventually bring freight and passenger train services to our area. Supporters say it would reduce highway congestion between cities like Raleigh and Wilmington. Full story...
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Transportation Department sues over alleged embezzlement at license office

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North Carolina's Transportation Department has sued the Oak Island Mayor and a former employee at his license plate office as it tries to recover funds the employee is charged with embezzling. Full story...
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Wave Transit reconfigures hoping to boost low ridership

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The Wave Transit system is reconfiguring some of its routes adding stops along its Brunswick and Columbus County lines. Managers are hoping the move will boost some woeful ridership numbers. Full story...
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Governor signs three ethics bills

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Governor Mike Easley signed into law today several ethics bills that open state Ethics Commission hearings and regulate legal defense funds for public officials. Full story...
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Heat poses problem for some bus riders

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The heat also poses a problem for people traveling by bus. Wanda Garcia and her mother Beatrice Brandon were delayed in Wilmington, heading home on a bus to Raleigh. Full story...
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Two of N.C.'s most dangerous bridges are in New Hanover County

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According to AAA two of 20 most dangerous bridges in North Carolina are right here in New Hanover County. Full story...
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Lawmakers toughen speeding laws

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North Carolina lawmakers have approved a bill to make it harder for those who speed to seek lesser charges. Full story...
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Local bridges considered safe

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videoHere in North Carolina there are more than 13,000 bridges. The bridge over Route 133 was built in 1934. It's one of 15 bridges in New Hanover County that is considered structurally deficient because of its age and because it's deteriorating. Full story...
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Search continues for survivors in Minnesota bridge collapse

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videoThe search goes on in Minneapolis Thursday for victims and for answers. Divers search the waters of the Mississippi for those who were trapped when the 35W bridge collapsed underneath them Wednesday night. Overturned, stacked and scattered -- dozens of vehicles remain just as they were following Wednesday's collapse. Full story...
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DOT chief orders report on N.C. substandard bridges

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North Carolina's transportation secretary says today that he wants a report on any substandard bridges in the state. Full story...
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30 suffer minor injuries when bus overturns in Raleigh

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Raleigh police say 30 people suffered minor injuries when a speeding Greyhound bus overturned on an exit ramp from Interstate 440 early this morning. Full story...
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Red light fees could go up

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If you run a red light in Wilmington it could soon cost you even more. Right now the fine is $50 for running a light at a safelight intersection. But a recent court ruling takes most of that revenue away from the City and gives it to local schools. Full story...
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Lightning cuts power to traffic signals

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Weekend storms also affected things out on the street. Lightning cut power to traffic signals on several busy streets. City Traffic engineers say the storm affected signals at 55 intersections throughout the City, 30 of which suffered direct lightning damage. Full story...
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Crews open I-40 after wreck-area pavement repairs

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Road crews reopened two eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 in time for the morning commute between Durham and Raleigh. Full story...
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Towns along N.C. 24 crack down on speeders

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This month, the Swansboro Police Department issued 57 traffic-related citations. Chief Ed Parish says roughly 40 percent of those were written for speeding, and he says if had more officers dedicated solely to traffic law enforcement, that number would be greater. Full story...
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