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NC Governor Announces Likely Opening Of Large Outdoor Venues

North Carolina is taking another step towards re-opening. As Covid-19 metrics continue to stabilize, Governor Roy Cooper is also announcing new relief money for small businesses and a new Covid app.

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Ending Saturday, September 19th, this past week’s top stories include the re-opening of in-person learning for elementary students, food insecurity in the Cape Fear region, and the latest from Wilmington City Council.

Rhonda speaks with Wilmington actor Fracaswell Hyman, director of the newly-released Netflix educational series "Bookmarks."

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Coronavirus metrics are going in the right direction in North Carolina.  That’s why, says Governor Roy Cooper, he’s allowing school districts to open elementary schools for in-person learning. 

Beginning Saturday, September 19th, American Routes will air on HQR 91.3fm from 6-8pm on Saturday evenings. 

American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. Now in our 20th year on the air, American Routes explores the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music — and how they are distinguished.

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At this week’s City Council meeting, Wilmington leaders approved allocating COVID-19 Relief Funds to Good Shepherd, as well as an agreement for the long-anticipated development at Castle Street. But it was proposed Riverwalk improvements and WAVE’s redevelopment that drew the most debate from council. 

New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners has five seats.  Each member is elected to a staggered, four-year term.  In 2020, there are three open seats.

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At Tuesday evening’s Board of Education meeting, members voted to begin the second nine-week period with Plan B. As WHQR reports, this means students will rotate in three groups, with one week in-school instruction followed by two weeks online.       


  The deadline to fill out the Census form is just two weeks away. While it’s possible that date might be extended, Census workers are trying to finish by September 30th. 

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With no clear end to the pandemic in sight, food insecurity is skyrocketing. And local organizations in the Cape Fear region are bracing for the long haul. 

Ending Saturday, September 12th, this week's top stories include UNCW splitting up roommates, an interview with the new superintendent of New Hanover County Schools, and what happened at the latest County Commisioners meeting.  


Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, whose mask-wearing habits have been publicly inconsistent and who has declined to issue a state-wide face covering mandate, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Republican governor's wife, Teresa Parson, has also been diagnosed with the illness.

In a brief video statement, Parson said he is awaiting a second test to confirm the results.

New York's famed Metropolitan Opera announced on Wednesday that the house will remain closed until September 2021.

In a press release, the Met said that it had made its decision to cancel the rest of the 2020-21 season based on the advice of "health officials who advise the Met and Lincoln Center," and keeping in mind the hundreds of performers and staff members required for rehearsals and performances as well as its audiences.

In a new court filing, TikTok leaders make clear just how much is at stake in a prolonged battle with the Trump administration: If TikTok were banned for two months, up to half of its users in America would never come back. If the ban persisted for six months, 90% of TikTok users would be gone forever, according to a top TikTok executive.

California will phase out the sale of all gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 in a bid to lead the U.S. in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging the state's drivers to switch to electric cars.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday that amounts to the most aggressive clean-car policy in the United States. Although it bans the sale of new gas cars and trucks after the 15-year deadline, it will still allow such vehicles to be owned and sold on the used-car market.

About 35 years ago, violinist Lara St. John — then just 15 years old — went with two friends to the dean of the school she attended, Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, to say that her private teacher, the famed violin pedagogue Jascha Brodsky, had sexually abused her on multiple occasions.

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