North Carolina

Every Wednesday throughout the month of May, we’re taking a close-up look at the pork and poultry industries in southeastern North Carolina.  It’s our first ever CoastLine series, and we're focusing on CAFOs – concentrated animal feeding operations.  What’s the economic impact?  How is it regulated?  And how does it affect nearby residents?

NC Unemployment Dips Slightly in October

Nov 20, 2012

According to the most recent report from the North Carolina Labor and Economic Analysis Division, the state unemployment rate decreased in October. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports it dropped slightly to 9.3 percent.

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Film production in North Carolina this year alone has already outpaced last year’s record-setting numbers. 

One of Melissa Warren’s ninth grade English students, Juan Morales at South Brunswick High School, says her class is like the Army—you must be on time, you must be prepared, and you must make every second count.

Unemployment Falls in 84 NC Counties

Apr 5, 2012

The North Carolina Department of Commerce released county unemployment rates for February Thursday.

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory laid out his education platform Wednesday.

North Carolinians can get rid of their old prescription medications at more than 200 drop-off events across the state next week.

The latest unemployment rates for North Carolina have been released by the Department of Commerce, giving a different look to the state’s economy. 

Residents can voice their opinions on the draft report of the North Carolina Maritime Strategy study this week. 

The State Bureau of Investigation’s Donnie Varnell says that out-of-state drug dealers drive to North Carolina to get their fraudulent prescriptions filled. That’s because North Carolina hasn’t required them to show a photo ID.

Nine new charter schools have been approved by the State Board of Education.

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is warning residents about identity thieves who are filing tax returns in order to claim another person’s refund.

Even though the North Carolina Governor’s School program was cut from the state budget, alumni and other partners have banded together to raise more than $700,000.


While the cost of college tuition continues to rise, South Brunswick High School has launched a pilot program for the state’s Career and College Promise initiative to help high school students earn college credit early.

North Carolina’s ports saw increased shipment volumes last year. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that container movements were up 11 percent over 2010 and general breakbulk cargo amounts increased by 8 percent.

Now that Wilmington and a handful of other cities have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina’s new petition process for annexation, WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that the issue will begin to unfold in a Wake County courtroom on Monday.


After pioneering the switch from analog to digital television, New Hanover County is once again being used as a launch pad for testing the newest information technology. 

Governor Bev Perdue has received a disaster declaration for 35 North Carolina counties from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The head of the North Carolina State Ports Authority, CEO Thomas Eagar, is no longer serving in the post he's held since 2004. 

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The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources released a new report Friday detailing the state’s environmental quality and upcoming challenges. 

Ferry Tolls on the Rise

Jan 5, 2012


The Department of Transportation is proposing toll increases for several ferry routes, including the Southport/Fort Fisher ride.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate decreased from 9.7 percent in October to 9.5 percent in November.

The White House has announced that North Carolina is among nine states receiving federal Race to the Top funds for early childhood education. 

A mold-breaking education initiative in North Carolina is now a major step closer to taking home a piece of the federal recovery fund pie.

More than 20 dead pelicans have washed ashore along the southeastern North Carolina coast in the past few weeks. 

Today marks the final story in a WHQR News series focusing on some of the 34 new laws that took affect yesterday in North Carolina, including the 2011 Justice Reinvestment Act which was created to reduce spending in the prison system. Sara Wood reports the law significantly changes the way crimes are sentenced in the state. 

Two New North Carolina Laws Target Drivers

Nov 30, 2011

The WHQR News Team continues a series on laws taking effect tomorrow in North Carolina. Laura’s Law focuses on drunk driving and as Sara Wood reports, it creates a new level of sentencing for defendants with three or more grossly aggravating factors.

New Law Criminalizes Violence on Unborn Children

Nov 29, 2011

To kick-off a series on new laws taking effect in North Carolina on Thursday, WHQR News begins with The Unborn Victims of Violence Act. Sara Wood reports the Unborn Victims of Violence Act or Ethen’s Law has been circulating through the state legislature for 25 years.

The Lumbee Tribe has elected and sworn in its fifth chairman, Paul Brooks.

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that Brooks also chairs the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs. He won the Lumbee post in a race against three other candidates.

The North Carolina New Schools Project, a joint private and public endeavor, is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Investing in Innovation” award.