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Area Public Schools Closing for Teacher Rally

Apr 30, 2019

New Hanover and Brunswick County Schools close tomorrow for the North Carolina Association of Educators’ Day of Action. Pender County Schools remain open – despite closing last year.  As WHQR reports, it’s the second year the two counties have closed schools while staff rally at the General Assembly. 

A public meeting about a proposed new crossing over the Cape Fear River gets underway Monday, April 29th at 5 PM -- as stakeholders in Brunswick and New Hanover County marshal their resources. 

April's Bottega Live features two Wilmington bands: Striking Copper and Jake Newman. 

WHQR's Bottega Live airs each month in conjunction with downtown Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk.

A dozen or so people, diverse in age, ethnicity, and political leanings, have agreed to be part of a year-long experiment in civil discourse.  Each month, we bring you a conversation with some members of the group.  Our aim:  to observe whether the tone and quality of the conversation changes as they get to know one another over the course of the year. 

Join us at WHQR for a performance by incredible pianist James Jarvis on Friday, May 3rd at Noon. It's free—and you can bring your lunch if you like! "A Little Lunch Music" is a live gallery performance that takes place at WHQR's MC Erny Gallery in Downtown Wilmington.

WHQR / Katelyn Freund

Frank Stasio has hosted The State of Things, WUNC’s public affairs program, since 2006.   

Project Grace is now the subject of a planned public forum in May.  Just two weeks ago, New Hanover County officials yanked the controversial proposal to renovate an entire Wilmington city block from a Board of Commissioners meeting agenda after loud protests from opponents.  But Monday's County Commission meeting yielded a surprise new development.

On Monday, May 27th at 7pm, HQR News will air a Memorial Day Special: "Brains and Losses: The bottom line on aging and financial vulnerability."

[SOUND OF BABY CRY AND MICHAEL TITTERTON'S INTRODUCTION].

Those are the first sounds and the first voice heard on WHQR when it came to life on 91.3 FM 35 years ago.

The next edition of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! will feature Galen and Friends on Thursday, April 25th at 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) in the MC Erny Gallery at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Price: $10 suggested donation at the door. Reserve a seat by sending an email to soup@whqr.org or call 910-343-1640 during regular business hours. 

Geneticists say human DNA is 99.9% the same.  Identical.  

Philip George Furia was born November 15, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Ethel Rose Szilagyi Furia and Philip Andrew Furia. He passed away April 3, 2019 in Wilmington, NC after a short stay in the hospital.

Katelyn Freund

In Navassa, the old U.S. Marine Plant along the Cape Fear River that once built boats has a new life. After 11 years of standing vacant, the 336,000 square foot facility will be home to a manufacturing company with approximately 300 employees.  North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper made the announcement Friday morning.

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Hari Kondabolu is on at least a double mission – although they are connected.  

[Hari's voice from a Tumblr post:]  "Hari Kondabolu.  Hari... Kondabolu."

He calls this The Galifianakis.  On this edition, we find out why.  But he says his big goal is making people laugh...

[intro to Netflix comedy special, Warn Your Relatives]

National Park Service

A bill filed this week in the North Carolina legislature could impact the water quality of the Cape Fear River. House Bill 560 would ban PFAS and other perfluorinated compounds from the firefighting foams used near airports and in industrial areas around the state. It has co-sponsors on both sides of the aisle. 

On November 10, 1898, an angry white mob, led by prominent Wilmingtonians like Alfred Moore Waddell, Hugh MacRae, George Rountree, and J. Allen Taylor, are believed to have murdered anywhere from a dozen to 300 people. These white supremacists forcefully removed black politicians from power, and countless numbers of black business owners and residents fled.

Vince Winkel

The process for getting a special use permit in Wilmington has changed. Last night the City Council voted to streamline the procedure and remove a step. The new rule means applicants will not have to appear before the planning commission.

It was the early 1990s when an American creative writing professor set about publishing his second novel.  The pivotal event in his book:  a 19th century bloody failure of democracy.  

WHQR and Chamber Music Wilmington present a Masterclass with the Vera String Quartet from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, on Sunday, April 14th from 1-2:15pm in the MC Erny Gallery.  Students should bring their own music stand.

Register HERE, before it fills up! (**full details below**)

A controversial Wilmington downtown redevelopment initiative, dubbed Project Grace by New Hanover County, is slowing its progress.  

Officials have decided not to vote on the project at Monday night's Board of Commissioners meeting. 

Katelyn Freund / WHQR

A dozen or so people, diverse in age, ethnicity, and political leanings, have agreed to be part of a year-long experiment in civil discourse.  Each month, we bring you a conversation with members of the group. Our aim:  to observe whether the tone and quality of the conversation changes as they get to know one another over the course of the year. 

And because it is a grand experiment, today will be a little different.  Instead of talking with them in small groups of three – we’re in a round table setting of sorts with all six. 

New Hanover County

Project Grace.  Some hear that term and imagine an exciting evolution of Wilmington’s downtown area – bringing together cultural attractions – such as the Cape Fear Museum, shopping, the library, affordable housing in a market that desperately needs it.  Done properly, it could turn downtown into a more of a destination for locals and tourists.

Katelyn Freund / WHQR

The film production landscape in North Carolina in first quarter of 2019 consists of Swamp Thing, Uncle Frank, and the pilot, Reprisal -- the latter two in pre-production.  

Vince Winkel

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper spent most of today in Wilmington visiting local businesses six months after Hurricane Florence, and speaking at the Wilmington Downtown Inc. Annual Meeting. At a visit to Port City Java on Front Street, the Governor told WHQR he’s impressed with the hurricane recovery here.

PROLOGUE STARTS AT NOON

Monday, April 8th

The MC Erny Gallery

“Sins, like chickens, come home to roost.  The South paid a fearful price for the wrong of negro slavery; in some form or other it will doubtless reap the fruits of this later iniquity…” 

RLH

Keeping trees in your yard could actually protect your home rather than threaten it during tropical storms and hurricanes.  That goes against much of the conventional wisdom in the region about trees on one’s property during hurricane season.  On this edition of CoastLine, we find out why.

Vince Winkel

Six months ago, Hurricane Florence pounded the Cape Fear Region, with a mix of strong winds and record-setting rain. Today, Wilmington and the rest of Southeastern North Carolina are still in recovery mode.

WE DID IT... AND WE CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH! WE RAISED $165,715 from 1,062 PLEDGES IN 7 DAYS! Your gifts will keep the lights on in the studio and pay for the programs you know and depend on. Your love for public radio has shown through and our station pledges to keep operating for you, our loyal listeners. Thank you so much from the grateful WHQR Staff and Board.

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The honey bee population declined slightly in the United States from 2016 to 2017.    That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The most-often reported colony stressor:  varroa mites. 

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