Hannah Breisinger

Reporter, WHQR News

Hannah joined WHQR shortly after graduating Ithaca College, where she studied journalism and served as News Director at her college radio station, WICB. Along with her unconditional love for public radio and nonfiction storytelling, she loves being outside, belting ABBA at karaoke bars, and snuggling with her adorable terror of a cat.

Kimberly Spader is running for Wilmington City Council. She works as a licensed clinical social worker, and wants to use her listening skills to create open dialogue between city council and residents.


Wilmington City Council Candidate Mack Coyle is a newcomer to the race. Also new? His ideas. The small business owner installs mobile solar generators, and wants to convert all electricity in city buildings to solar and wind power, and all municipal vehicles to electric. But he has other priorities, too.

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Dorian has left the Cape Fear region, but its impact lingers. While counties spent nearly a week preparing for Thursday night’s wind and rainfall, the most significant damage may have happened hours before the storm actually hit: from tornadoes.

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If you are planning on leaving ahead of Dorian, today is the day to do it. Governor Roy Cooper is urging people to evacuate before the storm approaches the area tomorrow. For drivers who do need to be on the roads while or after the storm hits, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is stressing caution.

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The civil rights movement may have peaked in the mid-20th century, but issues affecting black Americans persist. This past Wednesday, Wilmington community members gathered to address specific local concerns – such as education, health disparities, and economic empowerment. 

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Wilmington’s history is rooted in racial tension. A local organization, Tru Colors, is trying to connect people across racial and economic divides through an unconventional event held at Ironclad Brewery last week.

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 Correction: A mistake in this story states that the program was funded by the City of Wilmington. The city was awarded the money by the state, via an appropriation from the NC General Assembly.  It then co-tracked the work to Coastal Horizons.  

An innovative substance-recovery program in Wilmington, designed to tackle the national opioid epidemic, is seeing promising results. Just over a year into its pilot run, program leaders hope it will serve as a model across North Carolina. 

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It’s not too late to receive crisis counseling from Hurricane Florence. A state-wide hurricane counseling program, Hope 4 NC, is still up and running, thanks to a $12.2 million federal grant announced by Governor Roy Cooper in April. Today, the program has made contact with 287,000 individuals in 28 North Carolina counties.

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School safety is a collaborative effort. That was the biggest takeaway from a safety summit held by New Hanover County Schools this week. The event featured panel members from specialized areas, including local law enforcement, the county health department, and student support -- to emphasize the importance of county, faculty, and parent involvement in student well-being.

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This past weekend’s shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas have initiated a lot of discussion -- even amongst local law enforcement agencies in the Cape Fear region. Officials with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office say they are constantly analyzing mass shooting scenarios as a way to increase their response time.

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Citizens can, and should, be involved in their local governments. That’s the philosophy behind a series of sessions held by New Hanover County, aimed to educate the community on the inner-workings of local services and programs. The all-day sessions are being held today and tomorrow at the county’s Northeast Library.

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Drivers making overnight trips across the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge this week can expect some minor delays. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is training a new bridge operator, and part of that 80-hour training is lifting and dropping the bridge every 30 minutes.

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  Starting in 2020, a new law will require North Carolina voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot. But what about voters who don’t have access to acceptable IDs? The New Hanover County Board of Elections held two seminars this week to answer questions about the law.

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Young athletes in the area will soon have more fields to play on. Wilmington city council members unanimously approved a 65-acre donation from the Hammerheads Youth Football Club organization. The ten-million-dollar project will expand the Cape Fear Soccerplex.

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Wilmington officials are working on a new noise ordinance, and they’re looking for public input. While the city has had a noise ordinance since 1989, a confusing permit process, no appeal process, unclear language, and concerns of subjectivity have led to the new proposal.

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North Carolina has a D grade in women’s health. That’s according to a state-commissioned report, titled, the 2019 Status of Women in North Carolina: Health and Wellness. County-by-county data in the report shows that while New Hanover County fares slightly better than the overall state, more work still needs to be done.

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New Hanover County Commissioners approved expanding an upcoming substance use treatment center to include 100 beds for women. The women’s facility will accompany the already-approved 100-bed facility for men, both of which have yet to enter the design-phase.

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New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David has cleared two Wilmington police officers of any charges in last month’s fatal shooting of Gerard Tremblay. David announced the decision today following a nearly month-long use of force investigation.

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Commuters who regularly rely on the Isabel Holmes bridge are facing some delays and detours. An 18 million dollar bridge preservation project is creating nightly lane and road closures that will last for nearly two years.

Wilmington is still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, and the latest city budget reflects that. The 200 million dollar 2019-2020 budget has been unanimously approved by the city council, and much of its focus centers around severe weather relief and planning.