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The Race Matters Book Discussion Group began in January this year.  The focus book right now is We Were Eight Years in Power, a collection of essays by Ta-Nehisi Coates penned between 2012 and 2017 for The Atlantic. 

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Joe Breault, Mayor Pro Tem of the Town of Belville, is moving to Florida a little more than halfway through his second term as Commissioner. 

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Gwenyfar Rohler loved Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" as a child. In adulthood, the story becomes more complicated. 

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Die Fledermaus. Twelfth Night. Rhiannon Giddens. Peter & the Wolf. Audrey Ochoa. Virtual Reality. These are some of the offerings at UNCW's Lumina Festival of the Arts this year, running through July 29.

A gunman shot and killed five newsroom employees June 28th at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.  That tragedy, at a local, community paper which has been in business for nearly 300 years – yes, that’s older than the United States – has rattled newsrooms around the country. 

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Next Wednesday the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public hearing in Wilmington. It’s to share the final plans to clean up a hazardous waste site along Sunnyvale Drive, between Carolina Beach and River Roads. The clean-up should keep toxic chemicals out of the groundwater in the area.

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On Wednesday the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s public comment period on a proposed court order against Chemours will end. That order would require the company to implement measures to eliminate or reduce air emissions and water impacts caused by GenX and related compounds from their Fayetteville facility. 

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100 Black Men of America began in New York City in 1963 with the motto "What They See is What They'll Be." The Coastal Carolina Chapter launched in 2008-and the group is hosting a celebratory Awards & Recognition Breakfast on Saturday, July 14 at 9:00am at Shell Island Resort.

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As of July 1st, there’s money in the North Carolina film grant program, funded yearly by the General Assembly. When the tax rebate ended in 2014, the industry left. Now, it’s returning. 

On Chesil Beach runs from Monday, August 6th, thru Wednesday, August 8th. It screens Monday to Wednesday at 7pm in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

First Reformed runs from Monday, July 30th, thru Friday, August 3rd. It screens Monday to Friday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm in the Stein Theatre.

Hearts Beat Loud runs from Monday, July 23rd thru Wednesday, July 25th. It screens Monday to Wednesday at 7pm in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm in the Stein Theatre.

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Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, The Coasters, Christine Kitrell, The Drifters--these great acts (and more) performed music written by the dynamic songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller. Opera House Theatre Company presents the musical revue of their most popular tunes, spanning from the early '50s to the early '80s. 

This week in North and South Carolina, Medicare recipients began receiving their replacement cards. According to the Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina, with those cards have come scam phone calls. 

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If you have lived in the Cape Fear region for any length of time, you might recognize the name Harvard Jennings.   From 1989 until 2010, he hosted and produced a weekday radio talk show that tackled local, national and international issues. 

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The images of children being separated from their parents at the U.S. – Mexico border have been all over the media in recent weeks. As a result, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on June 20 to stop the separations. There is a debate over immigration policy in this country.  That policy hits close to home.

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There's not much humor in the Biblical tale of Adam and Eve, but that changed when Mark Twain decided to pen their diaries, Anthony Lawson decided to adapt it for stage, and Steve Vernon decided to direct it for Keepin' On Productions. The show runs through July 22 at the Cape Fear Playhouse.

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Do you ever stay up all night? How about in the middle of the ocean ... alone? 

Guest Commentator John Wolfe shares what he discovers in that kind of solitude; listen above. Wolfe is a writer and mariner who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura L. Valentine

The City of Wilmington reported overall historic crime lows last year.  Crimes in Wilmington’s Central Business District, which used to have, according to Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous, a pretty bad reputation, have dropped since 2002 by about 75%.

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People who have disabilities, particularly physical ones, face what some social justice activists call “ableism”.  Disability Research Scholar Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock defines the term as “a cultural discourse that stigmatizes and marginalizes bodies deemed not normal through medical diagnosis”. 

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Summer means more mosquitos in the Cape Fear region. Especially when it rains. The water creates ideal breeding conditions.  New Hanover County’s Mosquito Control Department is keeping busy.

There is more news to report on the GenX front. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has released a draft study on the class of chemicals called PFOA and PFAS. It says the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended levels for these compounds in the water is too high. 

This Friday, June 29 @ 7:00 pm and Saturday, June 30 @ 9:00 pm, WHQR will broadcast the May 24th SOUP TO NUTS LIVE! recording session of Kelly Mason Smith with Ned Lavengood on 91.3fm. Tune in for stories of life, Nashville, and North Carolina from one of our region's most prolific songwriters!

New Programs On WHQR

Jun 27, 2018

WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA – WHQR is pleased to announce that six new programs – Living on Earth, Travel with Rick Steves, Christopher Kimballs’ Milk Street Radio, Fresh Air Weekend, A Way with Words and City Arts & Lectures – are joining the weekend lineup on WHQR News 91.3fm. 

Gold Star Family Memorial Monuments

Norma Luther rallied for a Gold Star Family Monument to be dedicated in Wilmington. It's finally going to happen this fall. Norma says this is an important part of the healing process for families who have lost loved ones in the military. As a Gold Star Mother, Norma has insight on this. 

Thank You!!!

Jun 27, 2018

You did it - we've made history together again! As of 7pm on Tuesday, July 17th, you helped WHQR raise $70,865 during the Summer Stealth Drive, exceeding the goal of $70,000 and allowing us to CANCEL the traditional on-air summer fundraiser! 

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It's not easy to present a play at the USS Battleship North Carolina. But after learning the ropes last year (and having a lot of fun), Thaian Association is ready to do it again with The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

Chief Yeoman Alphonso Braggs, US Navy

The ice sheets that blanket Antarctica and Greenland are melting faster, and that fact is a source of concern and intense study by climate researchers. 

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More legal support for the state’s poor. That was a point made by North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin in Wilmington on Friday. He was addressing the North Carolina Bar Association’s annual meeting. 

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They are everywhere … Buy This! See That! We're bombarded with signs, but we often miss some of the most interesting ones, according to commentator Nan Graham.

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