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    FIRST ALERT: Keeping an eye on the River Stages

    FIRST ALERT: Keeping an eye on the River Stages

    Thursday, September 20 2018 6:02 AM EDT2018-09-20 10:02:15 GMT

    Rainfall of one to two and locally three feet from Hurricane Florence will bring extensive, long-lasting, and in some cases record-setting river flooding across southeastern North Carolina.

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    Rainfall of one to two and locally three feet from Hurricane Florence will bring extensive, long-lasting, and in some cases record-setting river flooding across southeastern North Carolina.

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  • The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

    The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

    Thursday, September 20 2018 12:29 AM EDT2018-09-20 04:29:52 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 8:59 AM EDT2018-09-20 12:59:33 GMT
    (AP Photo/David Goldman). Part of the Starlite Motel is washed away in the aftermath of flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.(AP Photo/David Goldman). Part of the Starlite Motel is washed away in the aftermath of flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

    Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm, which is blamed for at least 37 deaths, began battering the coast.

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    Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm, which is blamed for at least 37 deaths, began battering the coast.

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  • Mandatory evacuation order for Kelly community extended to more areas

    Mandatory evacuation order for Kelly community extended to more areas

    Thursday, September 20 2018 8:55 AM EDT2018-09-20 12:55:29 GMT
    Florence looks to rewrite the record books in terms of flooding in the Lower Cape Fear Region. (Source: WECT)Florence looks to rewrite the record books in terms of flooding in the Lower Cape Fear Region. (Source: WECT)
    Florence looks to rewrite the record books in terms of flooding in the Lower Cape Fear Region. (Source: WECT)Florence looks to rewrite the record books in terms of flooding in the Lower Cape Fear Region. (Source: WECT)

    A mandatory evacuation order issued for the Kelly community has been extended to more areas. 

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    A mandatory evacuation order issued for the Kelly community has been extended to more areas. 

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  • Drop off donations for local Animal Shelters

    Drop off donations for local Animal Shelters

    Thursday, September 20 2018 8:50 AM EDT2018-09-20 12:50:23 GMT
    Pender County Animal Shelter is in need of linens, cat food, dog food, litter pans, dog bowls and cat bowls. (Source: Pender County Animal Shelter)Pender County Animal Shelter is in need of linens, cat food, dog food, litter pans, dog bowls and cat bowls. (Source: Pender County Animal Shelter)

    Local animal shelters in need of supplies.

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    Local animal shelters in need of supplies.

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  • LIVE: American flag at Frying Pan Tower survives storm

    LIVE: American flag at Frying Pan Tower survives storm

    Thursday, September 20 2018 8:43 AM EDT2018-09-20 12:43:25 GMT
    An American flag battered by Hurricane Florence survived the storm. Source: Explore.org Youtube ChannelAn American flag battered by Hurricane Florence survived the storm. Source: Explore.org Youtube Channel

    Anyone who was watching Hurricane Florence's track found themselves glued to the Frying Pan Tower Ocean Cam powered by Explore.org. 

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    Anyone who was watching Hurricane Florence's track found themselves glued to the Frying Pan Tower Ocean Cam powered by Explore.org. 

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  • NCDOT: All lanes of US 421 closed due to flooding near New Hanover-Pender line

    NCDOT: All lanes of US 421 closed due to flooding near New Hanover-Pender line

    Thursday, September 20 2018 7:17 AM EDT2018-09-20 11:17:38 GMT

    All lanes of U.S. 421 were closed near the county line between New Hanover and Pender counties Thursday morning due to flooding, according to the NCDOT.

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    All lanes of U.S. 421 were closed near the county line between New Hanover and Pender counties Thursday morning due to flooding, according to the NCDOT.

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  • UNCW chancellor: Damage to Dobo Hall extensive but 'not irreversible'

    UNCW chancellor: Damage to Dobo Hall extensive but 'not irreversible'

    Thursday, September 20 2018 6:11 AM EDT2018-09-20 10:11:49 GMT

    In a letter sent to students, faculty and staff Wednesday, UNCW Chancellor Jose Sartarelli said that the university continues to assess the damage on campus due to Hurricane Florence and is working on a plan to reopen.

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    In a letter sent to students, faculty and staff Wednesday, UNCW Chancellor Jose Sartarelli said that the university continues to assess the damage on campus due to Hurricane Florence and is working on a plan to reopen.

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    First Alert Forecast: Dry skies for a while

    First Alert Forecast: Dry skies for a while

    Thursday, September 20 2018 5:56 AM EDT2018-09-20 09:56:39 GMT
    Nice recovery weather... Under a sunny or mostly sunny and dry sky, enjoy temperatures in the 80s and light breezes for Thursday afternoon. (Source: WECT)Nice recovery weather... Under a sunny or mostly sunny and dry sky, enjoy temperatures in the 80s and light breezes for Thursday afternoon. (Source: WECT)

    As Florence's floodwaters continue to flow across southeastern North Carolina, a high pressure system will protect the region from additional rainfall for a while.

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    As Florence's floodwaters continue to flow across southeastern North Carolina, a high pressure system will protect the region from additional rainfall for a while.

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  • Family of drowning victim remain shocked and want answers

    Family of drowning victim remain shocked and want answers

    Thursday, September 20 2018 5:41 AM EDT2018-09-20 09:41:43 GMT
    Family says she was a loving mother and sister. (Source: WMBF News)Family says she was a loving mother and sister. (Source: WMBF News)

    While several investigations are still ongoing to determine how two mental health patients drowned during a medical transfer Tuesday night, the family of Nicolette Green is speaking out.

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    While several investigations are still ongoing to determine how two mental health patients drowned during a medical transfer Tuesday night, the family of Nicolette Green is speaking out.

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  • FEMA handing out tarps, food, water in New Hanover Co.

    FEMA handing out tarps, food, water in New Hanover Co.

    Thursday, September 20 2018 5:25 AM EDT2018-09-20 09:25:31 GMT
    If you cannot live in your home because of storm damage, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, or call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY)If you cannot live in your home because of storm damage, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, or call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY)
    If you cannot live in your home because of storm damage, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, or call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY)If you cannot live in your home because of storm damage, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, or call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY)

    FEMA has set up PODS around New Hanover County to help folks who live in the county.  

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    FEMA has set up PODS around New Hanover County to help folks who live in the county.  

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  • Multiple departures from ILM canceled

    Multiple departures from ILM canceled

    Thursday, September 20 2018 5:25 AM EDT2018-09-20 09:25:10 GMT
    Multiple flights scheduled to depart from Wilmington International Airport on Thursday have been canceled. (Source: Wilmington International Airport)Multiple flights scheduled to depart from Wilmington International Airport on Thursday have been canceled. (Source: Wilmington International Airport)

    Multiple flights scheduled to depart from Wilmington International Airport on Thursday have been canceled.

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    Multiple flights scheduled to depart from Wilmington International Airport on Thursday have been canceled.

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  • Ferry services resume nearly one week after Florence

    Ferry services resume nearly one week after Florence

    Thursday, September 20 2018 4:58 AM EDT2018-09-20 08:58:09 GMT
    New Hanover County officials have released guidance for those wishing to volunteer or to make donations to hurricane relief efforts. (Source: Viewer submission)New Hanover County officials have released guidance for those wishing to volunteer or to make donations to hurricane relief efforts. (Source: Viewer submission)

    Ferry services have resumed in the area nearly one week after Hurricane Florence.

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    Ferry services have resumed in the area nearly one week after Hurricane Florence.

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  • Topsail Island to reopen today

    Topsail Island to reopen today

    Thursday, September 20 2018 4:48 AM EDT2018-09-20 08:48:14 GMT
    Topsail Beach, Surf City and North Topsail Beach will open Thursday morning at 9 a.m. (Source: Town of Surf City)Topsail Beach, Surf City and North Topsail Beach will open Thursday morning at 9 a.m. (Source: Town of Surf City)

    Surf City Mayor Doug Medlin said the town will open Thursday morning at 9 a.m., though he could not promise all residents would have full service as crews continue to work through the night restoring power, water and sewage.

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    Surf City Mayor Doug Medlin said the town will open Thursday morning at 9 a.m., though he could not promise all residents would have full service as crews continue to work through the night restoring power, water and sewage.

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  • Breaking

    Body found in vehicle submerged in water in the Pee Dee

    Body found in vehicle submerged in water in the Pee Dee

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 8:20 PM EDT2018-09-20 00:20:08 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    A body was found Wednesday inside a vehicle that was submerged in water in Dillon County, according to the coroner.

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    A body was found Wednesday inside a vehicle that was submerged in water in Dillon County, according to the coroner.

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  • Bodies recovered of mental health patients nearly 24 hours after drowning

    Bodies recovered of mental health patients nearly 24 hours after drowning

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 8:00 PM EDT2018-09-20 00:00:27 GMT
    Nicolette Green (Source: Donnela Green-Johnson)Nicolette Green (Source: Donnela Green-Johnson)

    A Horry County Sheriff's Office van was swept away in flood waters resulting in two female mental health detainees drowning in the Little Pee Dee River Tuesday night. 

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    A Horry County Sheriff's Office van was swept away in flood waters resulting in two female mental health detainees drowning in the Little Pee Dee River Tuesday night. 

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  • Curfews in southeastern North Carolina

    Curfews in southeastern North Carolina

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 7:47 PM EDT2018-09-19 23:47:11 GMT
    An oak tree was uprooted in front of a home in southeastern North Carolina as Hurricane Florence roared onto land. (Source: Tiffany Brown)An oak tree was uprooted in front of a home in southeastern North Carolina as Hurricane Florence roared onto land. (Source: Tiffany Brown)

    As Hurricane Florence roared into southeastern North Carolina Friday morning, officials with the city of Wilmington, New Hanover County, and Brunswick County issued curfews for Friday night.

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    As Hurricane Florence roared into southeastern North Carolina Friday morning, officials with the city of Wilmington, New Hanover County, and Brunswick County issued curfews for Friday night.

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  • Amid the storm debris, workers help widow find her husband's ashes

    Amid the storm debris, workers help widow find her husband's ashes

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 6:52 PM EDT2018-09-19 22:52:49 GMT
    In the Stoney Creek Plantation subdivision, more than six-feet of flood water swamped two dozen homes over the weekend. Wednesday, residents got their first look inside their sodden homes. (Photo source: WECT)In the Stoney Creek Plantation subdivision, more than six-feet of flood water swamped two dozen homes over the weekend. Wednesday, residents got their first look inside their sodden homes. (Photo source: WECT)
    In the Stoney Creek Plantation subdivision, more than six-feet of flood water swamped two dozen homes over the weekend. Wednesday, residents got their first look inside their sodden homes. (Photo source: WECT)In the Stoney Creek Plantation subdivision, more than six-feet of flood water swamped two dozen homes over the weekend. Wednesday, residents got their first look inside their sodden homes. (Photo source: WECT)

    In the Stoney Creek Plantation subdivision, more than six-feet of flood water swamped two dozen homes over the weekend. Wednesday, residents got their first look inside their sodden homes.

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    In the Stoney Creek Plantation subdivision, more than six-feet of flood water swamped two dozen homes over the weekend. Wednesday, residents got their first look inside their sodden homes.

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  • Saffo: More flooding to hit downtown Wilmington this weekend, early next week

    Saffo: More flooding to hit downtown Wilmington this weekend, early next week

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 1:22 PM EDT2018-09-19 17:22:43 GMT

    Downtown Wilmington could see additional flooding - up to three or four feet - this weekend or early next week, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said Wednesday.

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    Downtown Wilmington could see additional flooding - up to three or four feet - this weekend or early next week, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said Wednesday.

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  • Boil water advisories in our area

    Boil water advisories in our area

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 1:15 PM EDT2018-09-19 17:15:15 GMT

    Boil water advisories in our area

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    Boil water advisories in our area

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  • President Trump travels to North Carolina following Hurricane Florence

    President Trump travels to North Carolina following Hurricane Florence

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 6:05 AM EDT2018-09-19 10:05:04 GMT
    President Donald Trump traveled to North Carolina on Wednesday to survey the impact of Hurricane Florence. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)President Donald Trump traveled to North Carolina on Wednesday to survey the impact of Hurricane Florence. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

    President Donald Trump traveled to North Carolina on Wednesday to survey the impact of Hurricane Florence.

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    President Donald Trump traveled to North Carolina on Wednesday to survey the impact of Hurricane Florence.

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  • Pender County Emergency Management continues rescue missions

    Pender County Emergency Management continues rescue missions

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 11:49 AM EDT2018-09-19 15:49:37 GMT
    In addition to figuring out how to shelter people, feed people and coordinate transportation, managers are also tasked with ensuring the safety of rescuers and those they rescue. (Photo source: WECT)In addition to figuring out how to shelter people, feed people and coordinate transportation, managers are also tasked with ensuring the safety of rescuers and those they rescue. (Photo source: WECT)
    In addition to figuring out how to shelter people, feed people and coordinate transportation, managers are also tasked with ensuring the safety of rescuers and those they rescue. (Photo source: WECT)In addition to figuring out how to shelter people, feed people and coordinate transportation, managers are also tasked with ensuring the safety of rescuers and those they rescue. (Photo source: WECT)

    The rescues continue along the Black River and the Northeast Cape Fear, but that's just one of the issues Pender County Emergency Managers are up against Wednesday. 

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    The rescues continue along the Black River and the Northeast Cape Fear, but that's just one of the issues Pender County Emergency Managers are up against Wednesday. 

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  • PNC rolls out mobile banking unit in Wilmington

    PNC rolls out mobile banking unit in Wilmington

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 11:10 AM EDT2018-09-19 15:10:46 GMT
    The mobile banking unit opens at noon at 3709 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, N.C., 28403. Source: PNC BankThe mobile banking unit opens at noon at 3709 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, N.C., 28403. Source: PNC Bank
    Source: PNC BankSource: PNC Bank

    PNC Bank has assigned a mobile banking unit to Wilmington to assist Hurricane Florence victims in needs of accessing their funds.

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    PNC Bank has assigned a mobile banking unit to Wilmington to assist Hurricane Florence victims in needs of accessing their funds.

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  • Shallotte woman one of two detainees who drowned when sheriff's van swept away in flood waters

    Shallotte woman one of two detainees who drowned when sheriff's van swept away in flood waters

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 10:23 AM EDT2018-09-19 14:23:46 GMT

    A Shallotte woman was one of two detainees who were killed when a Horry County Sheriff's Office van was swept away by flood waters Tuesday night.

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    A Shallotte woman was one of two detainees who were killed when a Horry County Sheriff's Office van was swept away by flood waters Tuesday night.

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  • WHAT NOW? Recovery efforts after Florence, flooding

    WHAT NOW? Recovery efforts after Florence, flooding

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 5:45 AM EDT2018-09-19 09:45:05 GMT
    Tuesday, Point of Distribution Sites, or PODS, opened in several locations, including Cape Fear Community College. Hundreds of people drove, biked, or even walked several blocks to get their hands on some basic necessities.  (Photo source: WECT)Tuesday, Point of Distribution Sites, or PODS, opened in several locations, including Cape Fear Community College. Hundreds of people drove, biked, or even walked several blocks to get their hands on some basic necessities.  (Photo source: WECT)

    Florence has moved across the region and North Carolina is finally getting the opportunity to see the destruction it left behind as resident brace for continued flooding. But what now? Here's what you need to know. 

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    Florence has moved across the region and North Carolina is finally getting the opportunity to see the destruction it left behind as resident brace for continued flooding. But what now? Here's what you need to know. 

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  • Pawn shop owner: About 50 guns stolen from store

    Pawn shop owner: About 50 guns stolen from store

    Thursday, September 20 2018 3:43 AM EDT2018-09-20 07:43:48 GMT

    The owner of a pawn shop in Whiteville says about 50 guns were stolen from his store during a looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. 

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    The owner of a pawn shop in Whiteville says about 50 guns were stolen from his store during a looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. 

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  • City asking drivers to start relocating cars stored in parking deck

    City asking drivers to start relocating cars stored in parking deck

    Thursday, September 20 2018 1:49 AM EDT2018-09-20 05:49:28 GMT
    If you parked in one of the parking decks in downtown Wilmington during Hurricane Florence, the city is asking for you to please start moving your cars if you can safely do so. (Source: WECT)If you parked in one of the parking decks in downtown Wilmington during Hurricane Florence, the city is asking for you to please start moving your cars if you can safely do so. (Source: WECT)
    If you parked in one of the parking decks in downtown Wilmington during Hurricane Florence, the city is asking for you to please start moving your cars if you can safely do so. (Source: WECT)If you parked in one of the parking decks in downtown Wilmington during Hurricane Florence, the city is asking for you to please start moving your cars if you can safely do so. (Source: WECT)

    The City of Wilmington is asking that all of those who utilized one of the parking decks to store their vehicle during the storm to please start relocating vehicles out of the deck if you can safely do so.

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    The City of Wilmington is asking that all of those who utilized one of the parking decks to store their vehicle during the storm to please start relocating vehicles out of the deck if you can safely do so.

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  • Ogden neighbors clean up aftermath from Sunday morning tornado

    Ogden neighbors clean up aftermath from Sunday morning tornado

    Thursday, September 20 2018 12:08 AM EDT2018-09-20 04:08:51 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    Neighbors in the community are shocked that a tornado came through their neighborhood.

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    Neighbors in the community are shocked that a tornado came through their neighborhood.

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  • Fire chief says Acme-Delco-Riegelwood District was neglected during and after Florence

    Fire chief says Acme-Delco-Riegelwood District was neglected during and after Florence

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 11:21 PM EDT2018-09-20 03:21:02 GMT
    "Nobody had good planning on this. This is like Fran and Bertha all over again," Chief Steve Camlin said."Nobody had good planning on this. This is like Fran and Bertha all over again," Chief Steve Camlin said.

    Many people are frustrated in the wake of Hurricane Florence. But nothing compares to the frustration felt by Chief Steve Camlin. He says many people dropped the ball on this one.

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    Many people are frustrated in the wake of Hurricane Florence. But nothing compares to the frustration felt by Chief Steve Camlin. He says many people dropped the ball on this one.

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  • State Highway Patrol advises new route to Wilmington

    State Highway Patrol advises new route to Wilmington

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 9:41 PM EDT2018-09-20 01:41:38 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    With U.S. 421 experiencing heavy traffic congestion due to people trying to get back to Wilmington, the N.C. State Highway Patrol has released an updated route to help drivers wanting to return.

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    With U.S. 421 experiencing heavy traffic congestion due to people trying to get back to Wilmington, the N.C. State Highway Patrol has released an updated route to help drivers wanting to return.

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  • NEED TO KNOW: How to kill mold in a flooded home

    NEED TO KNOW: How to kill mold in a flooded home

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 9:40 PM EDT2018-09-20 01:40:29 GMT
    Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. (Photo source: WECT)Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. (Photo source: WECT)
    Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. (Photo source: WECT)Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. (Photo source: WECT)

    It's important that your storm cleanup include proper mold remediation, or the problem will never go away. Here's some expert advice so you know you're doing it right. 

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    It's important that your storm cleanup include proper mold remediation, or the problem will never go away. Here's some expert advice so you know you're doing it right. 

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  • Fighting price gouging as Florence recovery gets underway

    Fighting price gouging as Florence recovery gets underway

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 6:34 PM EDT2018-09-19 22:34:26 GMT
    District Attorney Ben David gave tips on how to avoid unfair business practices (Source: WECT).District Attorney Ben David gave tips on how to avoid unfair business practices (Source: WECT).
    District Attorney Ben David gave tips on how to avoid unfair business practices (Source: WECT).District Attorney Ben David gave tips on how to avoid unfair business practices (Source: WECT).

    State and local officials want consumers to report price gouging and other unfair business practices.

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    State and local officials want consumers to report price gouging and other unfair business practices.

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  • Rescuers in Rocky Point struggle with residents refusing to leave

    Rescuers in Rocky Point struggle with residents refusing to leave

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 5:28 PM EDT2018-09-19 21:28:34 GMT
    Rescuers in Rocky Point are struggling with residents who refuse to evacuate ahead of rising river waters. (Source: WECT)Rescuers in Rocky Point are struggling with residents who refuse to evacuate ahead of rising river waters. (Source: WECT)
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    Rescuers in Rocky Point are struggling with residents who refuse to evacuate ahead of rising river waters. 

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    Rescuers in Rocky Point are struggling with residents who refuse to evacuate ahead of rising river waters. 

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  • Closures announced for week of Sept.17

    Closures announced for week of Sept.17

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 4:44 PM EDT2018-09-19 20:44:57 GMT
    Expect to see several school closing across southeastern North Carolina this week. Here's a list of districts that have announced closures so far.Expect to see several school closing across southeastern North Carolina this week. Here's a list of districts that have announced closures so far.

    Expect to see several school closing across southeastern North Carolina this week. Here's a list of districts that have announced closures so far.

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    Expect to see several school closing across southeastern North Carolina this week. Here's a list of districts that have announced closures so far.

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  • Brunswick Family Assistance coordinating help from across country

    Brunswick Family Assistance coordinating help from across country

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 4:44 PM EDT2018-09-19 20:44:20 GMT
    The Brunswick Family Assistance is coordinating with nonprofits throughout the county to help thousands of families in need. (Photo source: WECT)The Brunswick Family Assistance is coordinating with nonprofits throughout the county to help thousands of families in need. (Photo source: WECT)

    Help poured into Brunswick County from around the state and across the county on Wednesday, and those resources will soon be distributed across the county. 

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    Help poured into Brunswick County from around the state and across the county on Wednesday, and those resources will soon be distributed across the county. 

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  • Duke Energy: Water quality not affected by coal ash release at Sutton Lake plant

    Duke Energy: Water quality not affected by coal ash release at Sutton Lake plant

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 4:18 PM EDT2018-09-19 20:18:12 GMT
    Water samples collected from various locations indicate that coal ash released from a landfill under construction during Hurricane Florence has not impacted water quality in Sutton Lake (Source: Wikimedia)Water samples collected from various locations indicate that coal ash released from a landfill under construction during Hurricane Florence has not impacted water quality in Sutton Lake (Source: Wikimedia)
    A string of decisions by North Carolina regulators means electricity consumers could be seeing a $5 billion bill to clean up mountains of waste Duke Energy created by spending decades burning coal to produce power. (Source: Wikimedia)A string of decisions by North Carolina regulators means electricity consumers could be seeing a $5 billion bill to clean up mountains of waste Duke Energy created by spending decades burning coal to produce power. (Source: Wikimedia)

    Water samples collected from various locations indicate that coal ash released from a landfill under construction during Hurricane Florence has not impacted water quality in Sutton Lake.

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    Water samples collected from various locations indicate that coal ash released from a landfill under construction during Hurricane Florence has not impacted water quality in Sutton Lake.

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  • FEMA urges storm victims to start filing insurance claims

    FEMA urges storm victims to start filing insurance claims

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 3:32 PM EDT2018-09-19 19:32:01 GMT
    FEMA reps are urging residents that have suffered damage from Hurricane Florence to begin the process of filing insurance claims, to fgind out if they qualify for federal disaster assistance. (Source: WECT)FEMA reps are urging residents that have suffered damage from Hurricane Florence to begin the process of filing insurance claims, to fgind out if they qualify for federal disaster assistance. (Source: WECT)
    FEMA reps are urging residents that have suffered damage from Hurricane Florence to begin the process of filing insurance claims, to fgind out if they qualify for federal disaster assistance. (Source: WECT)FEMA reps are urging residents that have suffered damage from Hurricane Florence to begin the process of filing insurance claims, to fgind out if they qualify for federal disaster assistance. (Source: WECT)

    Representatives with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are advising survivors of Hurricane Florence who are able to start the process of filing insurance claims for damage. They may qualify for federal assistance to cover losses not included in homeowner, renter or other insurance policies. 

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    Representatives with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are advising survivors of Hurricane Florence who are able to start the process of filing insurance claims for damage. They may qualify for federal assistance to cover losses not included in homeowner, renter or other insurance policies. 

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  • SNAP changes the rules so storm victims can buy hot food

    SNAP changes the rules so storm victims can buy hot food

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 3:30 PM EDT2018-09-19 19:30:23 GMT
    If you receive SNAP benefits, the USDA is changing its rules for what you can buy in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Until Oct. 31, SNAP participants in North Carolina will be allowed to buy hot foods with their benefits. (Photo source: USDA)If you receive SNAP benefits, the USDA is changing its rules for what you can buy in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Until Oct. 31, SNAP participants in North Carolina will be allowed to buy hot foods with their benefits. (Photo source: USDA)
    If you receive SNAP benefits, the USDA is changing its rules for what you can buy in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Until Oct. 31, SNAP participants in North Carolina will be allowed to buy hot foods with their benefits. (Photo source: USDA)If you receive SNAP benefits, the USDA is changing its rules for what you can buy in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Until Oct. 31, SNAP participants in North Carolina will be allowed to buy hot foods with their benefits. (Photo source: USDA)

    If you receive SNAP benefits, the USDA is changing its rules for what you can buy in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Until Oct. 31, SNAP participants in North Carolina will be allowed to buy hot foods with their benefits.

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    If you receive SNAP benefits, the USDA is changing its rules for what you can buy in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Until Oct. 31, SNAP participants in North Carolina will be allowed to buy hot foods with their benefits.

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  • 3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs drowned in Florence flooding

    3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs drowned in Florence flooding

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 4:27 PM EDT2018-09-18 20:27:11 GMT
    Wednesday, September 19 2018 12:38 AM EDT2018-09-19 04:38:34 GMT
    (AP Photo/Steve Helber). Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.(AP Photo/Steve Helber). Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.
    About 1.7 million chickens have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped at least 60 farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to a major poultry...More >>
    About 1.7 million chickens have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped at least 60 farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to a major poultry producer.More >>
  • Golfers hit the greens in Brunswick County to help Florence victims

    Golfers hit the greens in Brunswick County to help Florence victims

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 11:02 PM EDT2018-09-20 03:02:48 GMT
    Golfers hit the greens in Brunswick County to help Florence victims (Source: WECT)Golfers hit the greens in Brunswick County to help Florence victims (Source: WECT)
    Golfers hit the greens in Brunswick County to help Florence victims (Source: WECT)Golfers hit the greens in Brunswick County to help Florence victims (Source: WECT)

    Golfers teed it up at Compass Pointe Golf Club in Leland Wednesday for a good cause.  

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    Golfers teed it up at Compass Pointe Golf Club in Leland Wednesday for a good cause.  

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  • Southport-Fort Fisher ferry resumes limited service

    Southport-Fort Fisher ferry resumes limited service

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 9:25 PM EDT2018-09-20 01:25:28 GMT
    North Carolina transportation officials say ferry service for the public has resumed for several more coastal routes. (source: WECT)North Carolina transportation officials say ferry service for the public has resumed for several more coastal routes. (source: WECT)
    The cars loaded and ready to go as the ferry leaves Fort Fisher and heads to Southport. (source: WECT)The cars loaded and ready to go as the ferry leaves Fort Fisher and heads to Southport. (source: WECT)

    North Carolina transportation officials say ferry service for the public has resumed for several more coastal routes.

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    North Carolina transportation officials say ferry service for the public has resumed for several more coastal routes.

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  • Riegelwood homeowners tackle damage quickly before mold gets worse

    Riegelwood homeowners tackle damage quickly before mold gets worse

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 7:39 PM EDT2018-09-19 23:39:40 GMT
    Carlos Bullard and his wife, Sharon, will be sleeping without a roof over their heads, at least on the north side of their home in Riegelwood. (Photo source: WECT)Carlos Bullard and his wife, Sharon, will be sleeping without a roof over their heads, at least on the north side of their home in Riegelwood. (Photo source: WECT)
    Carlos Bullard and his wife, Sharon, will be sleeping without a roof over their heads, at least on the north side of their home in Riegelwood. (Photo source: WECT)Carlos Bullard and his wife, Sharon, will be sleeping without a roof over their heads, at least on the north side of their home in Riegelwood. (Photo source: WECT)

    If you're in Riegelwood and you turn down Delco Prosper Road in any direction, you will find people in work clothes clearing debris from their yards or trying to patch up their roofs after Hurricane Florence.

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    If you're in Riegelwood and you turn down Delco Prosper Road in any direction, you will find people in work clothes clearing debris from their yards or trying to patch up their roofs after Hurricane Florence.

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  • Riegelwood clinic is up and running, thanks to its fire department friends

    Riegelwood clinic is up and running, thanks to its fire department friends

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 6:03 PM EDT2018-09-19 22:03:21 GMT
    Riegelwood medical clinic runs on generator power and open during regular hours (Source: WECT)Riegelwood medical clinic runs on generator power and open during regular hours (Source: WECT)

    The Riegelwood Medical Clinic opened its doors back up Wednesday even though the facility doesn't have power yet.

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    The Riegelwood Medical Clinic opened its doors back up Wednesday even though the facility doesn't have power yet.

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  • Florence death toll climbs to 37; Trump visits stricken area

    Florence death toll climbs to 37; Trump visits stricken area

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 12:37 AM EDT2018-09-18 04:37:11 GMT
    Wednesday, September 19 2018 4:40 PM EDT2018-09-19 20:40:33 GMT
    (AP Photo/Steve Helber). An unidentified family member carries Ruth Brady to safety at the Wilmington airport in Wilmington, N.C., Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Brady was one of several family members rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter crew north of Wilming...(AP Photo/Steve Helber). An unidentified family member carries Ruth Brady to safety at the Wilmington airport in Wilmington, N.C., Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Brady was one of several family members rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter crew north of Wilming...
    Food and water handouts are beginning in the North Carolina city of Wilmington, which is still mostly cut off by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence.More >>
    Food and water handouts are beginning in the North Carolina city of Wilmington, which is still mostly cut off by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence.More >>
  • NWS releases preliminary reports of wind gusts, rainfall during Florence

    NWS releases preliminary reports of wind gusts, rainfall during Florence

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 3:48 PM EDT2018-09-19 19:48:04 GMT
    As you begin to fix your home and remove trees, please be mindful of who you do business with. (Source: Russell Bothwell)As you begin to fix your home and remove trees, please be mindful of who you do business with. (Source: Russell Bothwell)
    As you begin to fix your home and remove trees, please be mindful of who you do business with. (Source: Russell Bothwell)As you begin to fix your home and remove trees, please be mindful of who you do business with. (Source: Russell Bothwell)

    Preliminary reports issued by the National Weather Service show wind gusts reached at least 105 mph at the Wilmington airport and ranged from 43 mph to 99 mph across the region. 

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    Preliminary reports issued by the National Weather Service show wind gusts reached at least 105 mph at the Wilmington airport and ranged from 43 mph to 99 mph across the region. 

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  • Veteran volunteer group helps rescue animals after Florence

    Veteran volunteer group helps rescue animals after Florence

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 3:41 PM EDT2018-09-19 19:41:56 GMT
    A Task Force 75 member helping with a dog rescue after Hurricane Florence. (Source: WECT)A Task Force 75 member helping with a dog rescue after Hurricane Florence. (Source: WECT)

    Our pets are a part of our families and they need rescuing right now too.

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    Our pets are a part of our families and they need rescuing right now too.

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  • Family-owned business recovering after Hurricane Florence

    Family-owned business recovering after Hurricane Florence

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 3:39 PM EDT2018-09-19 19:39:52 GMT
    Shallotte Electric is back in business after Florence. (Source: Shallotte Electric)Shallotte Electric is back in business after Florence. (Source: Shallotte Electric)
    Shallotte Electric is back in business after Florence. (Source: Shallotte Electric)Shallotte Electric is back in business after Florence. (Source: Shallotte Electric)

    Hurricane Florence shut down Shallotte for days, now months of recovery lie ahead.

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    Hurricane Florence shut down Shallotte for days, now months of recovery lie ahead.

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  • Whiteville businesses assess damage, come together for clean up

    Whiteville businesses assess damage, come together for clean up

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 3:20 PM EDT2018-09-19 19:20:55 GMT
    Damage near The Chef and The Frog in Whiteville. Source: The Chef and The Frog Facebook page.Damage near The Chef and The Frog in Whiteville. Source: The Chef and The Frog Facebook page.
    Damage near The Chef and The Frog in Whiteville. Source: The Chef and The Frog Facebook page.Damage near The Chef and The Frog in Whiteville. Source: The Chef and The Frog Facebook page.

    Wednesday was one of the first days business owners in the Whiteville area were able to start to dry out and assess the damage to their buildings. 

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    Wednesday was one of the first days business owners in the Whiteville area were able to start to dry out and assess the damage to their buildings. 

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  • Wilmington Chick-fil-A to offer free meals to first responders, linemen

    Wilmington Chick-fil-A to offer free meals to first responders, linemen

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 2:59 PM EDT2018-09-19 18:59:29 GMT
    A Wilmington Chick-fil-A will be reopening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday after closing due to Hurricane Florence. (Photo source: Chick-fil-A)A Wilmington Chick-fil-A will be reopening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday after closing due to Hurricane Florence. (Photo source: Chick-fil-A)
    A Wilmington Chick-fil-A will be reopening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday after closing due to Hurricane Florence. (Photo source: Chick-fil-A)A Wilmington Chick-fil-A will be reopening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday after closing due to Hurricane Florence. (Photo source: Chick-fil-A)

    The restaurant, located at 3389 Oleander Drive in Wilmington, will open its lobby and offer free meals to first responders, law enforcement, National Guard members, lineman, and emergency personnel.

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    The restaurant, located at 3389 Oleander Drive in Wilmington, will open its lobby and offer free meals to first responders, law enforcement, National Guard members, lineman, and emergency personnel.

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  • Fate of FEMA leader in doubt as Florence cleanup continues

    Fate of FEMA leader in doubt as Florence cleanup continues

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 12:38 AM EDT2018-09-19 04:38:22 GMT
    Wednesday, September 19 2018 2:12 PM EDT2018-09-19 18:12:00 GMT
    (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File). FILE- In this May 30, 2018 file photo, FEMA Administrator Brock Long speaks during a news conference at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. According to a story published in the Wall Street Journal, Long is being inve...(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File). FILE- In this May 30, 2018 file photo, FEMA Administrator Brock Long speaks during a news conference at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. According to a story published in the Wall Street Journal, Long is being inve...
    Fate of FEMA leader is in doubt over ethics questions as Florence cleanup continues in Carolinas.More >>
    Fate of FEMA leader is in doubt over ethics questions as Florence cleanup continues in Carolinas.More >>
  • NEED TO KNOW: Storm debris removal information

    NEED TO KNOW: Storm debris removal information

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 2:06 PM EDT2018-09-19 18:06:02 GMT
    Large limbs or downed trees must be cut into manageable sizes in order to be removed by debris pickup crews. (Photo source: Victor Zaldivar/Viewer submitted)Large limbs or downed trees must be cut into manageable sizes in order to be removed by debris pickup crews. (Photo source: Victor Zaldivar/Viewer submitted)
    Large limbs or downed trees must be cut into manageable sizes in order to be removed by debris pickup crews. (Photo source: Victor Zaldivar/Viewer submitted)Large limbs or downed trees must be cut into manageable sizes in order to be removed by debris pickup crews. (Photo source: Victor Zaldivar/Viewer submitted)

    City and county leaders are moving quickly to hire contractors for debris removal. You are encouraged to start moving your debris curbside, and organize it into three sections.

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    City and county leaders are moving quickly to hire contractors for debris removal. You are encouraged to start moving your debris curbside, and organize it into three sections.

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  • Crews respond to active gas leak near Parsley Elementary

    Crews respond to active gas leak near Parsley Elementary

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 9:56 AM EDT2018-09-19 13:56:32 GMT
    The Wilmington Fire Department has responded to an active gas leak Wednesday morning near Parsley Elementary School. (Source: WECT)The Wilmington Fire Department has responded to an active gas leak Wednesday morning near Parsley Elementary School. (Source: WECT)

    The Wilmington Fire Department has responded to an active gas leak Wednesday morning near Parsley Elementary School.

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    The Wilmington Fire Department has responded to an active gas leak Wednesday morning near Parsley Elementary School.

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  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Makeshift roundabouts being used at some intersections without traffic lights

    TRAFFIC ALERT: Makeshift roundabouts being used at some intersections without traffic lights

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 6:54 AM EDT2018-09-19 10:54:16 GMT

    When driving around Wilmington this morning, you may see some unusual traffic patterns at some intersections.

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    When driving around Wilmington this morning, you may see some unusual traffic patterns at some intersections.

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  • Manhunt underway after jogger stabbed to death in ‘random’ attack, police say

    Manhunt underway after jogger stabbed to death in ‘random’ attack, police say

    Thursday, September 20 2018 8:15 AM EDT2018-09-20 12:15:06 GMT
    Katrina Martinez, 35, was engaged last week. Police are offering a $25,000 leading to the arrest of a suspect. (Surce: WJLA/CNN)Katrina Martinez, 35, was engaged last week. Police are offering a $25,000 leading to the arrest of a suspect. (Surce: WJLA/CNN)

    Katrina Martinez, 35, was engaged last week. Police are offering a $25,000 leading to the arrest of a suspect.

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    Katrina Martinez, 35, was engaged last week. Police are offering a $25,000 leading to the arrest of a suspect.

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  • Gunman upset by divorce is found dead after manhunt

    Gunman upset by divorce is found dead after manhunt

    Thursday, September 20 2018 6:08 AM EDT2018-09-20 10:08:18 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 8:59 AM EDT2018-09-20 12:59:48 GMT
    (Pete Bannan/Daily Local News via AP). Police arrive after a deadly shooting at Bellingham Retirement Community on East Boot Road in East Goshen Township, Pa., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Authorities are searching for a man who they say shot at his ex-w...(Pete Bannan/Daily Local News via AP). Police arrive after a deadly shooting at Bellingham Retirement Community on East Boot Road in East Goshen Township, Pa., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Authorities are searching for a man who they say shot at his ex-w...
    A gunman authorities say shot at his ex-wife and then killed his parents in Pennsylvania has been found dead.More >>
    A gunman authorities say shot at his ex-wife and then killed his parents in Pennsylvania has been found dead.More >>
  • Police: Motive unknown in Wisconsin office shooting

    Police: Motive unknown in Wisconsin office shooting

    Thursday, September 20 2018 1:13 AM EDT2018-09-20 05:13:58 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 8:42 AM EDT2018-09-20 12:42:15 GMT
    (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP). A woman is escorted from the scene of a shooting at a software company in Middleton, Wis., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Four people were shot and wounded during the shooting in the suburb of Madison, according...(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP). A woman is escorted from the scene of a shooting at a software company in Middleton, Wis., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Four people were shot and wounded during the shooting in the suburb of Madison, according...

    Authorities say they don't yet know what prompted an employee of a Wisconsin software company to open fire at his office, injuring four people, including three seriously.

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    Authorities say they don't yet know what prompted an employee of a Wisconsin software company to open fire at his office, injuring four people, including three seriously.

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  • Women die in flooded van driven by South Carolina deputies

    Women die in flooded van driven by South Carolina deputies

    Thursday, September 20 2018 1:24 AM EDT2018-09-20 05:24:25 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 8:41 AM EDT2018-09-20 12:41:54 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Responders congregate Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 near where two people drowned Tuesday evening when they were trapped in a Horry County Sheriff transport van while crossing an overtopped bridge over the Little Pee Dee River on...(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Responders congregate Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 near where two people drowned Tuesday evening when they were trapped in a Horry County Sheriff transport van while crossing an overtopped bridge over the Little Pee Dee River on...
    Officials say two women being transported to a mental health facility by deputies have drowned when they were trapped in the van as it was engulfed in rising South Carolina floodwaters.More >>
    Officials say two women being transported to a mental health facility by deputies have drowned when they were trapped in the van as it was engulfed in rising South Carolina floodwaters.More >>
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  • Moon to carry private message from Kim Jong Un to Trump

    Moon to carry private message from Kim Jong Un to Trump

    Thursday, September 20 2018 2:18 AM EDT2018-09-20 06:18:19 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 9:01 AM EDT2018-09-20 13:01:48 GMT
    (Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP). South Korean President Moon Jae-in, second from right, and his wife Kim Jung-sook, right, stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from left, and his wife Ri Sol Ju on the Mount Paektu in North Korea, Thur...(Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP). South Korean President Moon Jae-in, second from right, and his wife Kim Jung-sook, right, stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from left, and his wife Ri Sol Ju on the Mount Paektu in North Korea, Thur...
    On the final day of their summit, the Korean leaders are visiting a volcano considered sacred in the North.More >>
    On the final day of their summit, the Korean leaders are visiting a volcano considered sacred in the North.More >>
  • EU, UK fail to resolve border row as Brexit deadline looms

    EU, UK fail to resolve border row as Brexit deadline looms

    Thursday, September 20 2018 6:38 AM EDT2018-09-20 10:38:09 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 9:01 AM EDT2018-09-20 13:01:40 GMT
    (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson). Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, arrives at the informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson). Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, arrives at the informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.
    The European Union and Britain are walking a diplomatic tightrope at Thursday's summit where they seek to lay the foundations of a divorce deal by next March without jeopardizing vital interests.More >>
    The European Union and Britain are walking a diplomatic tightrope at Thursday's summit where they seek to lay the foundations of a divorce deal by next March without jeopardizing vital interests.More >>
  • German spy chief removal causes turbulence in Merkel gov't

    German spy chief removal causes turbulence in Merkel gov't

    Thursday, September 20 2018 7:18 AM EDT2018-09-20 11:18:21 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 9:01 AM EDT2018-09-20 13:01:31 GMT
    (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP). FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo Chair of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Andrea Nahles, right, speaks at the plenary session of the German Bundestag in the Reichstags building in front of Foreign Minister Heiko Maas...(Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP). FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo Chair of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Andrea Nahles, right, speaks at the plenary session of the German Bundestag in the Reichstags building in front of Foreign Minister Heiko Maas...
    A decision to give a new government job to Germany's domestic intelligence chief is causing discontent in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition.More >>
    A decision to give a new government job to Germany's domestic intelligence chief is causing discontent in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition.More >>

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