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As coronavirus case numbers continue to climb in the United States, the elderly and the immunocompromised remain the most at-risk populations. And, with one of the country’s largest outbreaks tied to a nursing home in Washington state, some experts are concerned that assisted living facilities aren’t adequately prepared to protect their patients.

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Early voting for the 2020 Primary Elections in North Carolina begins Thursday, February 13. So what do voters need to know before heading to the polls?

Nick Santillo


The state Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts passed a resolution earlier this month addressing concerns about GenX and PFAS chemicals. The resolution, brought by the New Hanover County Chapter of the organization, marks the first time the compounds have been formally addressed by Soil and Water Conservation at the state level.

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A new North Carolina law makes it a felony to sell opioids, cocaine and meth to someone who dies by ingesting them. It’s called Death by Distribution, and anyone indicted under the law could face charges equivalent to first-degree kidnapping, or in the case of repeat offenders, second-degree murder. It’s the latest approach communities in the state are taking to address the opioid crisis.

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Wilmington can be a dangerous place to ride a bike. According to data from 2000 through 2018, the city ranked third in the state for bike-related crashes -- topped only by Charlotte and Raleigh, two signifcantly larger cities. But making the streets safer for cyclists will take a coordinated effort. 

Angie Carl


Threats of forest fires are on the rise. That’s due to a flash drought -- or a drought that strikes suddenly -- that’s sweeping across North Carolina and 13 other southern states. September’s record high temperatures and lack of rainfall are leading officials to implement fire bans in some areas of the South. But fires aren’t necessarily harmful for the southern forests. 

Hannah Breisinger

 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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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. 

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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.

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