Rachel Lewis Hilburn

CoastLine Host, Senior Reporter

Rachel hosts WHQR's local public affairs show, CoastLine, which she helped to create.  She also reports on issues affecting southeastern North Carolina.  Before joining WHQR, Rachel wrote and produced local TV newscasts for the Wilmington ABC-TV affiliate. She also wrote and produced a 30-minute TV special program for the Cape Fear Museum showcasing its renovation and new exhibits, and she independently wrote and produced a documentary on the lingering effects of the 1898 coup d'etat in Wilmington.   

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Six candidates hoping to win one of three open seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners gathered in the WHQR Gallery last night to talk about the county’s economy. 

The current set of film incentives is set to expire in 2014, and Republican state lawmakers have made no secret that the controversial package could be on the chopping block – as part of tax reform efforts.  At a New Hanover County Commissioner candidate forum last night -- sponsored by the Cape Fear Economic Development Council – the six candidates vying for three seats on the Commission offered distinctly differing views on whether film incentives serve the county.  WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports.

One point six million dollars in federal money will flow to Coastal Horizons Center in Wilmington over the next four years.

GE-Hitachi’s subsidiary Global Laser Enrichment is poised to receive a license to build and operate the world’s first laser-based uranium enrichment plant. 

WHQR will host and broadcast four candidate forums as part of the 2012 Election Season in the MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street, #300.

A deal on a baseball stadium is set to go before Wilmington’s  City Council at its next meeting on Tuesday night. 

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement

A coalition of environmental groups, small businesses, and elected officials in the state say offshore wind energy is a portal to good jobs, renewable, clean energy.  And it's dramatically under-planned and underfunded in North Carolina. 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Global Laser Enrichment, a subsidiary of GE-Hitachi, will wait a few more weeks for a decision on a 40-year license to build and operate the first laser-based uranium enrichment plant in the world. 

State of NC

Governor Bev Perdue has ordered that all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today.   The order is in recognition of Patriot Day, which President Obama is expected to declare as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.   WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports on how the Governor is asking the public’s help in honoring military families and veterans.

Christopher White, GE-Hitachi

Alligators, red-cockaded woodpeckers, and coyotes don’t have much in common – except that they all happen to share living quarters on GE-Hitachi’s Castle Hayne campus.  As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, the site, just outside of Wilmington, was recently certified as a National Wildlife Habitat.

City of Wilmington

343 firefighters lost their lives on September 11, 2001.   Seven firefighters from Wilmington, North Carolina have died in the line of duty.   WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports that construction begins soon on one new memorial designed to honor to multiple acts of heroism – on 9-11 --- and right here in the Port City. 

Wilmington Preparatory Academy

Earlier today, North Carolina’s Board of Education cleared the way to open 25 new charter schools by August of next year.  WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports while about 30-thousand children are on wait lists, the number of newly-approved charter schools is the biggest increase since the cap was lifted in 2010.

The Democratic National Convention heads toward its climax this evening – when President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden accept the nomination.

NC Department of Justice

As kids go back to school, North Carolina’s State Attorney General says parents should consider potential safety risks facing their children – and the fact that some of those risks come with evolving technology. WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn has counsel from Roy Cooper on simple steps parents can take to safeguard their kids.

UNCW

UNCW’s Cameron School of Business ranks first on a national list, compiled by U.S. News & World Report, which measures the average debt load among MBA program graduates.  WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports.

At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, North Carolina Senator David Rouzer took the stage to talk about what he calls the stark contrast in candidate choices in both the Presidential race -- and the contest for the 7th Congressional District of North Carolina. 

NASA

As Hurricane Isaac churns towards New Orleans, residents along the Gulf Coast are hunkering down and preparing for what will likely be a mid-range Category 1 storm.  

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A press release from Pender County’s Board of Elections warns that a voter registration form in the wrong hands could lead to identify theft.

Just south of one-point-one billion dollars:  that’s the total economic impact the University of North Carolina – Wilmington has on the surrounding community – according to a newly-released study. 

University of North Carolina Wilmington is announcing results of a new study on the economic impact of the University on the surrounding area. 

Castle Branch, a Wilmington-based employment screening company, is getting ready for another growth spurt.

An email making the rounds is urging voters to call the New Hanover County Board of Elections and ask for an Early Voting Site on the UNCW campus. 

www.titanamerica.com

Just as environmental groups expected to see stricter requirements for emissions from cement plants, the Environmental Protection Agency is now considering a proposal to relax the rules. 

At a weekend conference to discuss the impact of illegal immigration, politicians, candidates, and activists came to talk, share ideas, and show support for immigration reform.

A conference to discuss illegal immigration brought dozens of people to the Cape Fear Community College Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington on Saturday.

courtesy: NOAA

An above-average hurricane season – meaning more intense storms – and more of them – is likely. 

Tourism in North Carolina is up all over the state – to the tune of 18-billion dollars in spending last year. 

WilmingtonCity officials are still working on the details of a final agreement with Mandalay and the Atlanta Braves on building a minor league baseball stadium at the riverfront. 

More money is coming down the pike for the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

Paul Robinson

North Carolina’s 10th annual tax-free shopping weekend is almost here. 

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