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  • 2 years later, still waiting for FBI records on Sheriff Hewett

    2 years later, still waiting for FBI records on Sheriff Hewett

    Monday, March 20 2017 1:53 PM EDT2017-03-20 17:53:39 GMT

    It’s been 2 years since WECT submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FBI for records they have pertaining to Ronald E. Hewett. FOIA allows the media, and the general public, to request records about deceased people who were once the subject of federal investigation. 

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    It’s been 2 years since WECT submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FBI for records they have pertaining to Ronald E. Hewett. FOIA allows the media, and the general public, to request records about deceased people who were once the subject of federal investigation. 

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  • City and county provide single text message in response to public records request

    City and county provide single text message in response to public records request

    Monday, March 13 2017 5:25 PM EDT2017-03-13 21:25:23 GMT

    In our world of rapidly evolving technology, how we communicate with each other is changing more quickly than public records laws that govern the communication of public officials. Generally speaking, written correspondence to and from public officials is a matter of public record. 

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    In our world of rapidly evolving technology, how we communicate with each other is changing more quickly than public records laws that govern the communication of public officials. Generally speaking, written correspondence to and from public officials is a matter of public record. 

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  • Commissioners vote to cap travel spending

    Commissioners vote to cap travel spending

    Monday, February 20 2017 4:31 PM EST2017-02-20 21:31:09 GMT

    The move concludes a discussion years in the making on whether New Hanover County commissioners should hold themselves to the same standards as county employees for public spending on travel.

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    The move concludes a discussion years in the making on whether New Hanover County commissioners should hold themselves to the same standards as county employees for public spending on travel.

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  • CFCC Board Chair asked to step down over son's employment with college

    CFCC Board Chair asked to step down over son's employment with college

    Monday, February 20 2017 1:48 PM EST2017-02-20 18:48:12 GMT

    The Chairman of the Board for Cape Fear Community College has been asked to step down from his position, because his son is a college employee. The relationship became an issue during the college's review for re-accreditation.

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    The Chairman of the Board for Cape Fear Community College has been asked to step down from his position, because his son is a college employee. The relationship became an issue during the college's review for re-accreditation.

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  • When rivers rise: warning you before the next flood

    When rivers rise: warning you before the next flood

    Tuesday, February 7 2017 1:29 PM EST2017-02-07 18:29:27 GMT

    Knowing in advance when a nearby river or stream might flood could be life-saving information. The United States Geological Survey has equipment stationed across North Carolina to gather that information, and get it out in time to keep people and property safe.

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    Knowing in advance when a nearby river or stream might flood could be life-saving information. The United States Geological Survey has equipment stationed across North Carolina to gather that information, and get it out in time to keep people and property safe.

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  • NHC Board of Commissioners to consider adopting proposed travel policy

    NHC Board of Commissioners to consider adopting proposed travel policy

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 2:20 PM EST2017-02-01 19:20:55 GMT

    The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners is expected to consider adopting a travel policy during its meeting Monday. 

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    The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners is expected to consider adopting a travel policy during its meeting Monday. 

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  • Judge allows Spring lawsuit against CFCC to proceed to trial

    Judge allows Spring lawsuit against CFCC to proceed to trial

    Monday, January 30 2017 1:17 PM EST2017-01-30 18:17:52 GMT

    A federal judge on Friday denied a motion filed by the Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former CFCC president Ted Spring. Spring resigned as president in January 2015 following a series of WECT investigative reports detailing his purchases with his college-issued credit card. 

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    A federal judge on Friday denied a motion filed by the Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former CFCC president Ted Spring. Spring resigned as president in January 2015 following a series of WECT investigative reports detailing his purchases with his college-issued credit card. 

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  • Transportation plan calls for more roundabouts

    Transportation plan calls for more roundabouts

    Thursday, January 19 2017 1:05 PM EST2017-01-19 18:05:49 GMT

    Roundabouts are safer than a traffic signal at some intersections. The city of Wilmington is evaluating whether to build three more.

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    Roundabouts are safer than a traffic signal at some intersections. The city of Wilmington is evaluating whether to build three more.

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  • Fence by Hoggard High still mangled months after accident

    Fence by Hoggard High still mangled months after accident

    Wednesday, January 18 2017 4:44 PM EST2017-01-18 21:44:31 GMT

    A city spokeswoman says they are aware of the damage and the issue is winding its way through their paperwork and repair process. The repair should be complete “in the next few months.”

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    A city spokeswoman says they are aware of the damage and the issue is winding its way through their paperwork and repair process. The repair should be complete “in the next few months.”

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  • Town council considers paying for fire official's MBA

    Town council considers paying for fire official's MBA

    Tuesday, January 17 2017 6:06 AM EST2017-01-17 11:06:58 GMT

    It's a pretty amazing job perk. Getting you master's degree, and having your employer pay your tuition expenses. But there are different schools of thought on whether public employees receiving this benefit is a good deal for taxpayers, many of whom are still paying of their own student loans. 

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    It's a pretty amazing job perk. Getting your master's degree, and having your employer pay your tuition expenses. But there are different schools of thought on whether public employees receiving this benefit is a good deal for taxpayers, many of whom are still paying of their own student loans. 

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  • Confirmed cases of election fraud in NC

    Confirmed cases of election fraud in NC

    Wednesday, December 28 2016 12:39 PM EST2016-12-28 17:39:41 GMT

    How often are voter fraud cases actually brought before the North Carolina State Board of Elections for review, and how many of those cases are validated and prosecuted?

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    How often are voter fraud cases actually brought before the North Carolina State Board of Elections for review, and how many of those cases are validated and prosecuted?

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  • Town of Leland votes not to renew contract with Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue

    Town of Leland votes not to renew contract with Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue

    Thursday, December 22 2016 8:14 AM EST2016-12-22 13:14:26 GMT

    Leland Town Council unanimously voted not to renew its contract with Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department after a special presentation Wednesday.

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    Leland Town Council unanimously voted not to renew its contract with Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department after a special presentation Wednesday.

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  • New details in Bladen voter fraud claims

    New details in Bladen voter fraud claims

    Tuesday, December 20 2016 8:01 AM EST2016-12-20 13:01:36 GMT

    Just released transcripts from a State Board of Elections hearing in early December reveal new details about allegations of voter fraud in Bladen County. The hearing drew statewide attention because of its potential implications on the tight governor’s race. 

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    Just released transcripts from a State Board of Elections hearing in early December reveal new details about allegations of voter fraud in Bladen County. The hearing drew statewide attention because of its potential implications on the tight governor’s race. 

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  • Complaints spike about insurance companies and flooded cars

    Complaints spike about insurance companies and flooded cars

    Tuesday, December 13 2016 8:03 AM EST2016-12-13 13:03:05 GMT

    It’s a good thing to have insurance if your car is flooded during a severe storm, but many insurance companies have deemed cars damaged during Hurricane Matthew a total loss. A man in Bladen County says his insurance company is trying to repair his flooded car instead.

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    It’s a good thing to have insurance if your car is flooded during a severe storm, but many insurance companies have deemed cars damaged during Hurricane Matthew a total loss. A man in Bladen County says his insurance company is trying to repair his flooded car instead.

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  • WECT Investigates: Woman takes on fitness company and wins

    WECT Investigates: Woman takes on fitness company and wins

    Thursday, December 1 2016 7:30 AM EST2016-12-01 12:30:30 GMT

    Sometimes, the little guy wins. When a company tried to stick a Holden Beach woman with a $3,289 piece of fitness equipment after she'd canceled her order, she didn't just get her money back. She got UPS Freight worldwide to stop doing business with that company. 

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    Sometimes, the little guy wins. When a company tried to stick a Holden Beach woman with a $3,289 piece of fitness equipment after she'd canceled her order, she didn't just get her money back. She got UPS Freight worldwide to stop doing business with that company. 

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  • NHC workers spending tens of thousands at online retailers

    NHC workers spending tens of thousands at online retailers

    Tuesday, November 29 2016 5:54 AM EST2016-11-29 10:54:58 GMT

    In the first quarter of this fiscal year, county employees made over 200 purchases on amazon.com, totaling almost $20,000 in spending in just 3 months at the online powerhouse. One glitch from an outside watch dog's perspective is it's not easy to police exactly what is being bought with your money.

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    In the first quarter of this fiscal year, county employees made over 200 purchases on amazon.com, totaling almost $20,000 in spending in just 3 months at the online powerhouse. One glitch from an outside watch dog's perspective is it's not easy to police exactly what is being bought with your money.

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  • Therapy Battle: One school vs. one child with autism

    Therapy Battle: One school vs. one child with autism

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 6:03 PM EST2016-11-22 23:03:12 GMT

    You want your children to have the best life possible. That’s why parents of a boy with autism are fighting with school leaders. They want their son to be allowed to bring his ABA – or Applied Behavior Analysis – therapist to pre-school with him. However, the school district won't allow it. 

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    You want your children to have the best life possible. That’s why parents of a boy with autism are fighting with school leaders. They want their son to be allowed to bring his ABA – or Applied Behavior Analysis – therapist to pre-school with him. However, the school district won't allow it. 

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  • Lawsuit settled after town manager photographs employee's backside

    Lawsuit settled after town manager photographs employee's backside

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 7:35 AM EST2016-11-22 12:35:26 GMT

    The town of Chadbourn has paid a cash settlement to a former employee, after the town manager took a picture of the employee's partially exposed backside and showed it to his coworkers. 

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    The town of Chadbourn has paid a cash settlement to a former employee, after the town manager took a picture of the employee's partially exposed backside and showed it to his coworkers. 

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  • House flip or flop: the pitfalls of restored homes

    House flip or flop: the pitfalls of restored homes

    Wednesday, November 16 2016 2:05 PM EST2016-11-16 19:05:36 GMT

    As the housing market has improved and home remodeling shows gain popularity, interest in renovating and reselling homes has never been higher. People want in on what appears to be a get-rich-quick idea but Wilmington is quickly becoming home to a lot more flops, than quality flips. 

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    As the housing market has improved and home remodeling shows gain popularity, interest in renovating and reselling homes has never been higher. People want in on what appears to be a get-rich-quick idea but Wilmington is quickly becoming home to a lot more flops, than quality flips. 

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  • Inmate claims Southport officer used excessive force: 'I asked him to get off of me'

    Inmate claims Southport officer used excessive force: 'I asked him to get off of me'

    Wednesday, November 16 2016 1:00 PM EST2016-11-16 18:00:55 GMT

    An inmate in the Brunswick County jail claims he is the victim in an alleged excessive force incident involving Southport Police Officer Nathaniel Taylor. 

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    An inmate in the Brunswick County jail claims he is the victim in an alleged excessive force incident involving Southport Police Officer Nathaniel Taylor. 

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  • Six local fire departments on probation with state

    Six local fire departments on probation with state

    Tuesday, November 15 2016 6:35 AM EST2016-11-15 11:35:27 GMT

    We’ve been reporting for months that Leland Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department is on probation with the state. 

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    There are five other local departments also under disciplinary review by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. 

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  • Left Behind: A mother’s grief after son’s suicide at Snow’s Cut Bridge

    Left Behind: A mother’s grief after son’s suicide at Snow’s Cut Bridge

    Wednesday, November 9 2016 1:04 PM EST2016-11-09 18:04:56 GMT

    Suicide is a serious public health issue, but one that many times stays in the shadows. 

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    Suicide is a serious public health issue, but one that many times stays in the shadows.

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  • Leland firefighters making more than those in Wilmington

    Leland firefighters making more than those in Wilmington

    Tuesday, November 8 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-11-08 11:00:21 GMT

    WECT has learned the salaries being paid to LVFRD employees are higher on average than salaries at many fire departments in much larger cities.

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    WECT has learned the salaries being paid to LVFRD employees are higher on average than salaries at many fire departments in much larger cities.

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  • Deathbed visions: are they real?

    Deathbed visions: are they real?

    Monday, November 7 2016 11:25 AM EST2016-11-07 16:25:50 GMT

    Death Bed Visions (DBVs) are real to those who experience them and some believe may give the rest of us a glimpse into what happens after life. They’re the quiet conversation of hospice nurses and grieving families. They can’t be proven or disregarded but that may not be what’s really important.

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    Death Bed Visions (DBVs) are real to those who experience them and some believe may give the rest of us a glimpse into what happens after life. They’re the quiet conversation of hospice nurses and grieving families. They can’t be proven or disregarded but that may not be what’s really important.

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  • Pilots push airport for answers in wake of lawsuit

    Pilots push airport for answers in wake of lawsuit

    Thursday, November 3 2016 6:18 PM EDT2016-11-03 22:18:02 GMT

    Tension was in the air at the Wilmington International Airport Authority board meeting Wednesday night, as pilots grilled board members about a federal lawsuit filed against them. 

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    Tension was in the air at the Wilmington International Airport Authority board meeting Wednesday night, as pilots grilled board members about a federal lawsuit filed against them. 

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  • Top airport officials face federal lawsuit

    Top airport officials face federal lawsuit

    Thursday, November 3 2016 8:08 AM EDT2016-11-03 12:08:24 GMT

    A company that claims it was driven out of the Wilmington International Airport is bringing a federal lawsuit against two top airport officials.

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    A company that claims it was driven out of the Wilmington International Airport is bringing a federal lawsuit against two top airport officials.

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  • Empty building to become a workforce development center

    Empty building to become a workforce development center

    Wednesday, June 22 2016 8:16 AM EDT2016-06-22 12:16:37 GMT

    An office building on South 17th Street that was once a doctor's office, now sits empty - dark and desolate. May says the COG is turning the empty building into a workforce development center.

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    An office building on South 17th Street that was once a doctor's office, now sits empty - dark and desolate. May says the COG is turning the empty building into a workforce development center.

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  • Some NHC commissioners charging to attend local events again

    Some NHC commissioners charging to attend local events again

    Thursday, October 6 2016 7:29 AM EDT2016-10-06 11:29:38 GMT

    WECT has just obtained the New Hanover County commissioners travel expenses for the first quarter of this fiscal year.

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    WECT has just obtained the New Hanover County commissioners travel expenses for the first quarter of this fiscal year.

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  • WPD completes investigation, says breathalyzer tests not standard

    WPD completes investigation, says breathalyzer tests not standard

    Monday, October 3 2016 7:15 PM EDT2016-10-03 23:15:48 GMT

    The Wilmington Police Department is making progress on an investigation into claims of special treatment for a man with close ties to law enforcement. 

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    The Wilmington Police Department is making progress on an investigation into claims of special treatment for a man with close ties to law enforcement. 

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  • Attorneys counter claims against former CFCC president

    Attorneys counter claims against former CFCC president

    Tuesday, September 27 2016 5:41 PM EDT2016-09-27 21:41:32 GMT

    Attorneys for former Cape Fear Community College President Ted Spring say claims from college trustees that he was unethical in his dealings as college president are irrelevant to his claim that his civil rights were violated in his final day at the college. 

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    Attorneys for former Cape Fear Community College President Ted Spring say claims from college trustees that he was unethical in his dealings as college president are irrelevant to his claim that his civil rights were violated in his final day at the college. 

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  • WPD opens official investigation after allegations of special treatment

    WPD opens official investigation after allegations of special treatment

    Wednesday, September 21 2016 3:18 PM EDT2016-09-21 19:18:02 GMT

    WECT has learned that the WPD is officially investigating allegations that one of their officers gave preferential treatment to a man who caused an accident after he’d been drinking. That man, Richard Luther, has multiple family members serving in or retired from the local law enforcement community. 

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    WECT has learned that the WPD is officially investigating allegations that one of their officers gave preferential treatment to a man who caused an accident after he’d been drinking. That man, Richard Luther, has multiple family members serving in or retired from the local law enforcement community. 

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  • WECT Investigates: Preferential treatment alleged for Sheriff's deputy’s father

    WECT Investigates: Preferential treatment alleged for Sheriff's deputy’s father

    Monday, September 19 2016 3:22 PM EDT2016-09-19 19:22:26 GMT

    Anyone else would have been treated differently. That’s the allegation coming from multiple people who witnessed a car accident in Wilmington, where the driver admitted he'd been drinking but was released without ever being given a breathalyzer to test his impairment.

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    Anyone else would have been treated differently. That’s the allegation coming from multiple people who witnessed a car accident in Wilmington, where the driver admitted he'd been drinking but was released without ever being given a breathalyzer to test his impairment.

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  • Officer down: Shot in the line of duty and lucky to be alive

    Officer down: Shot in the line of duty and lucky to be alive

    Wednesday, September 14 2016 1:13 PM EDT2016-09-14 17:13:12 GMT

    Dozens of children are without a father and several wives became widows as law enforcement deaths by gunfire spiked 78 percent in the first half of the year. Amidst headlines of anti-law enforcement protests and use-of-force backlash, the stories of those lost and those who have survived shootings fade into the background.

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    Dozens of children are without a father and several wives became widows as law enforcement deaths by gunfire spiked 78 percent in the first half of the year. Amidst headlines of anti-law enforcement protests and use-of-force backlash, the stories of those lost and those who have survived shootings fade into the background.

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  • Officer down: Shot in the line of duty

    Officer down: shot in the line of duty

    Wednesday, September 14 2016 7:50 AM EDT2016-09-14 11:50:08 GMT

    Dozens of children are without a father and several wives became widows as law enforcement deaths by gunfire spiked 78 percent in the first half of the year.

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    Dozens of children are without a father and several wives became widows as law enforcement deaths by gunfire spiked 78 percent in the first half of the year.

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  • NHC may lease public land for new cellular towers

    NHC may lease public land for new cellular towers

    Wednesday, September 7 2016 10:47 PM EDT2016-09-08 02:47:16 GMT

    Easy money for county government? Or an arrangement that pits the county against the private sector? New Hanover County commissioners are considering a proposal to lease some of the 1,500 acres of land the county owns for the construction of cellular towers, in exchange for millions of dollars.

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    Easy money for county government? Or an arrangement that pits the county against the private sector? New Hanover County commissioners are considering a proposal to lease some of the 1,500 acres of land the county owns for the construction of cellular towers, in exchange for millions of dollars.

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  • County lobbyist's name removed from invitation endorsing Woody White

    County lobbyist's name removed from invitation endorsing Woody White

    Thursday, September 1 2016 2:36 PM EDT2016-09-01 18:36:44 GMT

    Some New Hanover County Commissioners are upset about an invitation that recently came out for a political fundraiser for 2 county commission candidates. 

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    Some New Hanover County Commissioners are upset about an invitation that recently came out for a political fundraiser for 2 county commission candidates. 

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  • CFCC President paying her own club dues

    CFCC President paying her own club dues

    Thursday, September 1 2016 7:37 AM EDT2016-09-01 11:37:36 GMT

    The new President of Cape Fear Community College is paying her own dues for a club that her predecessor joined using public money. 

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    The new President of Cape Fear Community College is paying her own dues for a club that her predecessor joined using public money. 

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  • New claims raise more questions about candidate's charity trip

    New claims raise more questions about candidate's charity trip

    Tuesday, August 30 2016 7:46 AM EDT2016-08-30 11:46:30 GMT

    A charity trip 28-year-old Andrew Barnhill took in college has now become a significant issue in his race for State Senate, the subject of thousands of mailers sent out to voters across New Hanover County over the past several weeks.

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    A charity trip 28-year-old Andrew Barnhill took in college has now become a significant issue in his race for State Senate, the subject of thousands of mailers sent out to voters across New Hanover County over the past several weeks.

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  • Mayor on officer 911 call: 'Ridiculous' and waste of police resources

    Mayor on officer 911 call: 'Ridiculous' and waste of police resources

    Monday, August 29 2016 9:12 AM EDT2016-08-29 13:12:02 GMT

    Mayor Bill Saffo is responding tonight to a WECT News investigation. We first reported Thursday that a Wilmington Police officer called 911 from inside his truck and admitted he had too much to drink. 

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    Mayor Bill Saffo is responding tonight to a WECT News investigation. We first reported Thursday that a Wilmington Police officer called 911 from inside his truck and admitted he had too much to drink. 

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  • LISTEN: WPD officer 'had a little bit too much to drink,' calls 911 from inside his truck

    LISTEN: WPD officer 'had a little bit too much to drink,' calls 911 from inside his truck

    Friday, August 26 2016 7:42 AM EDT2016-08-26 11:42:39 GMT

    A man, who identified himself as a Wilmington Police officer, dialed 911 from inside his truck, asking for a ride home after he “had a little bit too much to drink.” 

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    A man, who identified himself as a Wilmington Police officer, dialed 911 from inside his truck, asking for a ride home after he “had a little bit too much to drink.” 

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  • Yahweh Center intends to stay open through bankruptcy reorganization

    Yahweh Center intends to stay open through bankruptcy reorganization

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 6:48 AM EDT2016-08-24 10:48:47 GMT

    Paperwork filed in US Bankruptcy Court recently is shedding some light on the re-organization that Yahweh Center faces. 

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    Paperwork filed in US Bankruptcy Court recently is shedding some light on the re-organization that Yahweh Center faces. 

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  • NHC spends over $9K on California conference

    NHC spends over $9K on California conference

    Monday, August 22 2016 1:25 PM EDT2016-08-22 17:25:06 GMT

    We now know how much it cost you to send 4 New Hanover County delegates to a conference in Long Beach, California, last month. 

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    We now know how much it cost you to send 4 New Hanover County delegates to a conference in Long Beach, California, last month. 

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  • Top CFCC officials call Spring 'delusional,' 'a tyrant,' 'a cancer for the school'

    Top CFCC officials call Spring 'delusional,' 'a tyrant,' 'a cancer for the school'

    Wednesday, August 17 2016 1:24 PM EDT2016-08-17 17:24:29 GMT

    Numerous college officials testify that they did not trust the former college president, and contend ending the relationship with Dr. Ted Spring was in the best interest of the college.

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    Numerous college officials testify that they did not trust the former college president, and contend ending the relationship with Dr. Ted Spring was in the best interest of the college.

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  • Inspector General investigating bids for Wilmington VA Clinic

    Inspector General investigating bids for Wilmington VA Clinic

    Wednesday, August 17 2016 12:22 PM EDT2016-08-17 16:22:28 GMT

    During the course of an investigation last year, WECT uncovered a private landlord is getting nearly $300,000 a month in rent under the terms of a 20-year lease for that clinic. Congressman Walter Jones requested a review of the bidding process that is being shielded from public inspection.

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    During the course of an investigation last year, WECT uncovered a private landlord is getting nearly $300,000 a month in rent under the terms of a 20-year lease for that clinic. Congressman Walter Jones requested a review of the bidding process that is being shielded from public inspection.

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  • CFCC PR Consultant advised staff how to avoid media

    CFCC PR Consultant advised staff how to avoid media

    Monday, August 15 2016 5:09 PM EDT2016-08-15 21:09:37 GMT

    While a PR consultant told CFCC staff to be selective about doing media interviews, she also told them to “avoid the ‘no-comment’ comment” because it would make them look guilty. “We’re not granting interviews” is listed as an alternative way to decline media inquiries.

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    While a PR consultant told CFCC staff to be selective about doing media interviews, she also told them to “avoid the ‘no-comment’ comment” because it would make them look guilty. “We’re not granting interviews” is listed as an alternative way to decline media inquiries.

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  • Oak Island won't release public records surrounding alleged injury at fire house

    Monday, August 8 2016 6:21 PM EDT2016-08-08 22:21:06 GMT

    WECT has been waiting nearly six months for the Town of Oak Island to fulfill a public records request, as we seek to confirm a tip about an alleged incident at an Oak Island Fire Station. 

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    WECT has been waiting nearly six months for the Town of Oak Island to fulfill a public records request, as we seek to confirm a tip about an alleged incident at an Oak Island Fire Station. 

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  • Contract reveals new details on Trump visit to UNCW

    Contract reveals new details on Trump visit to UNCW

    Monday, August 8 2016 1:36 PM EDT2016-08-08 17:36:02 GMT

    The UNCW College Republicans and the campaign for Donald Trump will rent Trask Coliseum for two days at a cost of $11,500 to hold a campaign rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, according to a contract between those groups and UNC Wilmington. 

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    The UNCW College Republicans and the campaign for Donald Trump will rent Trask Coliseum for two days at a cost of $11,500 to hold a campaign rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, according to a contract between those groups and UNC Wilmington. 

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  • Employee says Ted Spring tried to get free house from CFCC

    Employee says Ted Spring tried to get free house from CFCC

    Thursday, August 4 2016 7:43 AM EDT2016-08-04 11:43:12 GMT

    Former VP says Dr. Ted Spring charged personal vacations to his college issued credit card, and drove his car when it would have been faster to walk so he could file for mileage reimbursements.

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    Former VP says Dr. Ted Spring charged personal vacations to his college issued credit card, and drove his car when it would have been faster to walk so he could file for mileage reimbursements.

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  • New details emerge as CFCC Trustees respond to Ted Spring lawsuit

    New details emerge as CFCC Trustees respond to Ted Spring lawsuit

    Monday, August 1 2016 10:41 PM EDT2016-08-02 02:41:05 GMT

    CFCC officials used private email to avoid media scrutiny over then-College President Ted Spring, Spring blackmailed a subordinate, and placed a gag order on his employees to keep them from talking to the Board of Trustees. Those are some of the most interesting claims in a new court filing in the ongoing lawsuit filed by Spring against his former employers.

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    CFCC officials used private email to avoid media scrutiny over then-College President Ted Spring, Spring blackmailed a subordinate, and placed a gag order on his employees to keep them from talking to the Board of Trustees. Those are some of the most interesting claims in a new court filing in the ongoing lawsuit filed by Spring against his former employers.

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  • Homeowners get $1,500 bill after Brunswick County fails to secure bond

    Homeowners get $1,500 bill after Brunswick County fails to secure bond

    Thursday, July 28 2016 8:00 AM EDT2016-07-28 12:00:55 GMT

    $1,500 each. That’s the bill about 85 homeowners in Brunswick County are reeling from, after the developer for their neighborhood went bankrupt before the roads were completely paved. 

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    $1,500 each. That’s the bill about 85 homeowners in Brunswick County are reeling from, after the developer for their neighborhood went bankrupt before the roads were completely paved. 

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  • Training for Trouble: what it takes to wear a badge

    Training for Trouble: what it takes to wear a badge

    Monday, July 25 2016 2:00 PM EDT2016-07-25 18:00:08 GMT

    The NC Justice Academy may be one of the most important pieces of state government, despite being tucked away in a small town of about 500 people in rural Sampson County. It's a 100-acre campus that houses administrative buildings, classrooms, dorms, and the nexus of all law enforcement training in the state. 

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    The NC Justice Academy may be one of the most important pieces of state government, despite being tucked away in a small town of about 500 people in rural Sampson County. It's a 100-acre campus that houses administrative buildings, classrooms, dorms, and the nexus of all law enforcement training in the state. 

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  • Fire dept. response time likely not major factor in destruction of Leland home

    Fire dept. response time likely not major factor in destruction of Leland home

    Thursday, July 21 2016 7:26 AM EDT2016-07-21 11:26:05 GMT

    Investigators believe lightning started the fire and say it could have been burning for some time before anyone saw flames and called 911. 

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    Investigators believe lightning started the fire and say it could have been burning for some time before anyone saw flames and called 911. 

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  • Temperatures 90 degrees inside state prison with no A/C

    Temperatures 90 degrees inside state prison with no A/C

    Tuesday, July 19 2016 7:44 AM EDT2016-07-19 11:44:27 GMT

    If you go to prison in North Carolina, there’s a good chance there won’t be any air conditioning in your cell. In the heat of summer, maybe that's more incentive to not break the law.

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    If you go to prison in North Carolina, there’s a good chance there won’t be any air conditioning in your cell. In the heat of summer, maybe that's more incentive to not break the law.

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  • Worth a shot: syringe exchanges may be coming to your community

    Worth a shot: syringe exchanges may be coming to your community

    Thursday, July 14 2016 1:34 PM EDT2016-07-14 17:34:51 GMT

    It seems completely counter-intuitive to supply heroin addicts with free syringes, but a growing number of communities are establishing syringe exchange programs (SEPs). With the recent passing of North Carolina Senate Bill 794, exchanges are now  legal throughout the state and the ones already operating illegally in our area will come out of hiding. 

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    It seems completely counter-intuitive to supply heroin addicts with free syringes, but a growing number of communities are establishing syringe exchange programs (SEPs). With the recent passing of North Carolina Senate Bill 794, exchanges are now legal throughout the state and the ones already operating illegally in our area will come out of hiding. 

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  • Addicts could soon get help instead of jail

    Addicts could soon get help instead of jail

    Thursday, July 14 2016 3:08 PM EDT2016-07-14 19:08:24 GMT

    In 2011, Seattle police officers, city officials and community groups created a a pilot program called LEAD: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion. The idea was in response to lawsuits against the Seattle Police Department for racial disparities in arrests. The PD agreed to try a different tactic for handling low level drug dealers and sex workers.

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    In 2011, Seattle police officers, city officials and community groups created a a pilot program called LEAD: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion. The idea was in response to lawsuits against the Seattle Police Department for racial disparities in arrests. The PD agreed to try a different tactic for handling low level drug dealers and sex workers.

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  • H2GO commissioner questions 'savings' achieved by $30 million plant

    H2GO commissioner questions 'savings' achieved by $30 million plant

    Thursday, July 7 2016 1:02 PM EDT2016-07-07 17:02:23 GMT

    Utility authority commissioner says some H2GO officials are skewing the numbers to make the proposed reverse osmosis plant look more financially desirable than it actually is. 

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    Utility authority commissioner says some H2GO officials are skewing the numbers to make the proposed reverse osmosis plant look more financially desirable than it actually is. 

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  • Fentanyl: deadly dope you can buy online

    Fentanyl: deadly dope you can buy online

    Thursday, June 30 2016 3:01 PM EDT2016-06-30 19:01:23 GMT

    Fentanyl is about 80 times more potent than morphine and bout 40 times stronger than heroin. The street version of the drug is being blamed on an increase in overdoses that in some cases, can take as many as six injections of Naloxone to save the person's life.

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    Fentanyl is about 80 times more potent than morphine and bout 40 times stronger than heroin. The street version of the drug is being blamed on an increase in overdoses that in some cases, can take as many as six injections of Naloxone to save the person's life.

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  • WECT Investigates: VA reduced rent payments at Wilmington Clinic

    WECT Investigates: VA reduced rent payments at Wilmington Clinic

    Wednesday, June 29 2016 12:06 PM EDT2016-06-29 16:06:47 GMT

    The Wilmington VA Clinic has come under scrutiny for the last year due to issues that initially began with contaminated water, and eventually led to concerns about significant waste of tax money.

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    The Wilmington VA Clinic has come under scrutiny for the last year due to issues that initially began with contaminated water, and eventually led to concerns about significant waste of tax money.

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  • WECT Investigates: WPD changes policy as top cop retires

    WECT Investigates: WPD changes policy as top cop retires

    Monday, June 27 2016 11:09 AM EDT2016-06-27 15:09:22 GMT

    In the days surrounding the sudden retirement of one of the city’s top police officers, WECT has learned that the Wilmington Police Department changed its policy regarding how officers check out ammunition. Former Deputy Chief Marshall Williamson retired last month, one week after returning from paid administrative leave in the midst of an investigation. 

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    In the days surrounding the sudden retirement of one of the city’s top police officers, WECT has learned that the Wilmington Police Department changed its policy regarding how officers check out ammunition. Former Deputy Chief Marshall Williamson retired last month, one week after returning from paid administrative leave in the midst of an investigation. 

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  • Uber drivers arrested for drinking and driving

    Uber drivers arrested for drinking and driving

    Tuesday, May 24 2016 11:37 PM EDT2016-05-25 03:37:22 GMT

    The recent drunk driving conviction of a Wilmington Uber driver, busted while he had paying passengers in the car, has raised questions about the safety of ride sharing services. 

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    The recent drunk driving conviction of a Wilmington Uber driver, busted while he had paying passengers in the car, has raised questions about the safety of ride sharing services. 

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  • The Life: Who is buying prostitutes?

    The Life: Who is buying prostitutes?

    Tuesday, April 19 2016 5:33 PM EDT2016-04-19 21:33:49 GMT
    Thursday, April 28 2016 5:00 PM EDT2016-04-28 21:00:23 GMT

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Vice Unit arrested and charged dozens of people over three days during "Operation Saving Grace" earlier this year. The goal was to target men buying prostitutes off of Backpage.

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    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Vice Unit arrested and charged dozens of people over three days during "Operation Saving Grace" earlier this year. The goal was to target men buying prostitutes off of Backpage.

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  • The Life: Prostitution on your streets

    The Life: Prostitution on your streets

    WECT's documentary "The Life" will take you down the dark paths of a world you didn't think existed in the Cape Fear region. In the hour-long, commercial free special, Casey Roman will take you inside the hotels and rooms where people try to hide these secrets. Be sure to set your DVR or tune into WECT April 27 at 10 p.m. This is a special event you won't want to miss.

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    WECT's documentary "The Life" will take you down the dark paths of a world you didn't think existed in the Cape Fear region.

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  • State Senate candidate refuses to discuss allegations regarding charity trip

    State Senate candidate refuses to discuss allegations regarding charity trip

    Monday, April 18 2016 11:10 AM EDT2016-04-18 15:10:08 GMT
    Monday, April 18 2016 1:28 PM EDT2016-04-18 17:28:35 GMT

    Andrew Barnhill is running for one of the highest elected offices in the state, seeking to represent you in the North Carolina Senate. But shortly after he announced his candidacy last year, people from his past started reaching out to us to share concerns about his plans for public office.

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    Andrew Barnhill is running for one of the highest elected offices in the state, seeking to represent you in the North Carolina Senate. But shortly after he announced his candidacy last year, people from his past started reaching out to us to share concerns about his plans for public office.

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  • CFCC Trustees adopt more restrictive travel policy, question $126,000 piano

    CFCC Trustees adopt more restrictive travel policy, question $126,000 piano

    Thursday, March 31 2016 8:34 PM EDT2016-04-01 00:34:00 GMT
    Friday, April 1 2016 6:31 PM EDT2016-04-01 22:31:03 GMT

    The Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees updated their travel policy Tuesday, and the new policy is more restrictive of what is and is not allowed for employees traveling on college business. 

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    The Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees updated their travel policy Tuesday, and the new policy is more restrictive of what is and is not allowed for employees traveling on college business. 

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  • Costs of Sartarelli installation expected to be lower than previous events

    Costs of Sartarelli installation expected to be lower than previous events

    Wednesday, March 30 2016 6:15 PM EDT2016-03-30 22:15:55 GMT
    Thursday, March 31 2016 7:39 AM EDT2016-03-31 11:39:31 GMT

    The money for Thursday's ceremony will come from an unrestricted endowment and not involve any taxpayer money. 

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    The money for Thursday's ceremony will come from an unrestricted endowment and not involve any taxpayer money. 

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  • Wilmington mayor among those on delinquent taxpayer list

    Wilmington mayor among those on delinquent taxpayer list

    Wednesday, March 30 2016 5:58 PM EDT2016-03-30 21:58:56 GMT
    Thursday, March 31 2016 7:38 AM EDT2016-03-31 11:38:03 GMT

    The annual list of delinquent taxpayers in New Hanover County includes the mayor of Wilmington. Mayor Bill Saffo explained that he wasn't aware that his name ended up among the hundreds on this year's list.  

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    The annual list of delinquent taxpayers in New Hanover County includes the mayor of Wilmington. Mayor Bill Saffo explained that he wasn't aware that his name ended up among the hundreds on this year's list.  

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  • What a waste! Untouched food in the trash under federal lunchroom guidelines

    What a waste! Untouched food in the trash under federal lunchroom guidelines

    Monday, March 14 2016 11:02 AM EDT2016-03-14 15:02:04 GMT
    Monday, March 14 2016 11:02 AM EDT2016-03-14 15:02:04 GMT

    Some well-intended reforms to school lunch programs across the country have led to unintended consequences causing problems in local schools. 

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    Some well-intended reforms to school lunch programs across the country have led to unintended consequences causing problems in local schools. 

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  • NHC Commissioners limit child care subsidies to legal residents

    NHC Commissioners limit child care subsidies to legal residents

    Monday, March 7 2016 5:44 PM EST2016-03-07 22:44:04 GMT
    Tuesday, March 8 2016 1:37 PM EST2016-03-08 18:37:23 GMT

    New Hanover County commissioners voted to set several limitations on the way a child care subsidy program will be administered using county taxpayer money, including one that requires the parents of children to be able to work lawfully in the United States. The vote comes after the board for the Department of Social Services indicated children of undocumented residents could be eligible for the money.

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    New Hanover County commissioners voted to set several limitations on the way a child care subsidy program will be administered using county taxpayer money, including one that requires the parents of children to be able to work lawfully in the United States. The vote comes after the board for the Department of Social Services indicated children of undocumented residents could be eligible for the money.

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  • UNCW success triggers big bonuses for Coach Keatts

    UNCW success triggers big bonuses for Coach Keatts

    Tuesday, March 8 2016 9:07 AM EST2016-03-08 14:07:53 GMT
    Tuesday, March 8 2016 1:36 PM EST2016-03-08 18:36:41 GMT

    By securing a Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship Monday night in Baltimore, UNCW Head Men's Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts also locked in tens of thousands of dollars in contractual bonuses. 

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    By securing a Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship Monday night in Baltimore, UNCW Head Men's Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts also locked in tens of thousands of dollars in contractual bonuses. 

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  • WECT INVESTIGATES: Prison fast food deliveries resume with new rules

    WECT INVESTIGATES: Prison fast food deliveries resume with new rules

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:32 PM EST2016-03-02 18:32:37 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 2:09 PM EST2016-03-02 19:09:15 GMT

    The time-honored tradition of snack food for your Super Bowl party continued last month for many of us, with various appetizers, wings and even an adult beverage or two. For some prisoners at Tabor Correctional Institution (TCI), pizza from the local Papa John's was on the menu this year. 

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    The time-honored tradition of snack food for your Super Bowl party continued last month for many of us, with various appetizers, wings and even an adult beverage or two. For some prisoners at Tabor Correctional Institution (TCI), pizza from the local Papa John's was on the menu this year. Keith Acree, a spokesperson for the state prison system, confirmed that fast food deliveries have resumed at the prison for the first time since a WECT investigation in September 2014. About ...

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  • WECT INVESTIGATES UPDATE: Brunswick County car tax glitch partially fixed

    WECT INVESTIGATES UPDATE: Brunswick County car tax glitch partially fixed

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:51 PM EST2016-03-02 18:51:59 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:51 PM EST2016-03-02 18:51:59 GMT
    An update on a WECT investigates story from earlier this summer. The Department of Motor Vehicles has partially fixed a software glitch that led to hundreds of people being charged for car taxes they didn'tMore >>
    The Department of Motor Vehicles has partially fixed a software glitch that led to hundreds of people being charged for car taxes they didn't actually owe.More >>
  • WECT INVESTIGATES: NHC manager, commissioners spend more than $10K on conference trip

    WECT INVESTIGATES: NHC manager, commissioners spend more than $10K on conference trip

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:51 PM EST2016-03-02 18:51:59 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:51 PM EST2016-03-02 18:51:59 GMT
    WECT recently acquired travel receipts from a recent trip taken in July by several New Hanover County Commissioners and the County Manager, Chris Coudriet. Commissioners Beth Dawson, Thomas Wolfe, andMore >>
    WECT recently acquired travel receipts from a recent trip taken in July by several New Hanover County Commissioners and the County Manager, Chris Coudriet.
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  • WECT INVESTIGATES: Rep. Rouzer wants answers on VA clinic's $280k monthly rent

    WECT INVESTIGATES: Rep. Rouzer wants answers on VA clinic's $280k monthly rent

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:51 PM EST2016-03-02 18:51:59 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:51 PM EST2016-03-02 18:51:58 GMT
    US Congressman David Rouzer is now pressing for answers to troubles at the Wilmington VA Clinic. Last month, WECT uncovered that taxpayers were spending $280k a month to rent the new clinic near the Wilmington International Airport. More >>
    US Congressman David Rouzer is now pressing for answers to troubles at the Wilmington VA Clinic. Last month, WECT uncovered that taxpayers were spending $280k a month to rent the new clinic near the Wilmington International Airport. More >>
  • WECT Investigates: County revises car tax policy

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:51 PM EST2016-03-02 18:51:58 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:51 PM EST2016-03-02 18:51:58 GMT

    Moving forward, New Hanover County will send out letters to residents who have cars over 25 years old, warning them their cars will be assessed as classics before the tax bill is even generated. That should help tax payers recognized a potentially inflated valuation, and give them more time to challenge it.

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    Moving forward, New Hanover County will send out letters to residents who have cars over 25 years old, warning them their cars will be assessed as classics before the tax bill is even generated. That should help tax payers recognized a potentially inflated valuation, and give them more time to challenge it.

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  • Find out which presidential candidates have raised the most money in the Wilmington area

    Find out which presidential candidates have raised the most money in the Wilmington area

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:49 PM EST2016-03-02 18:49:25 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:49 PM EST2016-03-02 18:49:25 GMT

    Voters in southeastern North Carolina don't go to the polls until the middle of March, but you can follow the money trail to see who is getting support from those in the Wilmington area. 

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    Voters in southeastern North Carolina don't go to the polls until the middle of March, but you can follow the money trail to see who is getting support from those in the Wilmington area. 

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  • Commissioners respond to citizens on child care subsidies for children of undocumented residents

    Commissioners respond to citizens on child care subsidies for children of undocumented residents

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:46 PM EST2016-03-02 18:46:13 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:46 PM EST2016-03-02 18:46:13 GMT

    A discussion over whether families of undocumented residents will be eligible to receive a county subsidy for child care has appeared to spark interest in New Hanover County, according to emails made available to the public at the government building.

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    A discussion over whether families of undocumented residents will be eligible to receive a county subsidy for child care has appeared to spark interest in New Hanover County, according to emails made available to the public at the government building.

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  • Brunswick County pulls plug on public email server

    Brunswick County pulls plug on public email server

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:45 PM EST2016-03-02 18:45:37 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:45 PM EST2016-03-02 18:45:37 GMT

    For years, citizens and the media have been able to check in on the inner workings of Brunswick County government by reading emails at a local government building in Bolivia. That ended this week. 

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    For years, citizens and the media have been able to check in on the inner workings of Brunswick County government by reading emails at a local government building in Bolivia. That ended this week. 

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  • VA releases lease details 7 months after public records request

    VA releases lease details 7 months after public records request

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:44 PM EST2016-03-02 18:44:51 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:44 PM EST2016-03-02 18:44:51 GMT
    It took 7 months, but we finally have copies from the VA of the leases for all the VA medical clinics in our region. The VA previously provided us copies of the leases for 9 medical clinics in our region, but the rental prices had been blacked out.  More >>

    It took 7 months, but we finally have copies from the VA of the leases for all the VA medical clinics in our region. The VA previously provided us copies of the leases for 9 medical clinics in our region, but the rental prices had been blacked out. 

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  • Predictions for NHC jail diversion program may be too rosy

    Predictions for NHC jail diversion program may be too rosy

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:41 PM EST2016-03-02 18:41:14 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 1:41 PM EST2016-03-02 18:41:14 GMT

    A treatment facility that’s being pitched as a way to save New Hanover County money may not end up saving taxpayers as much money as advertised. 

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    A treatment facility that’s being pitched as a way to save New Hanover County money may not end up saving taxpayers as much money as advertised. 

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  • Why we pronounce Camp Lejeune as Camp 'Luh-Jern'

    Why we pronounce Camp Lejeune as Camp 'Luh-Jern'

    Thursday, December 3 2015 1:05 PM EST2015-12-03 18:05:20 GMT
    Thursday, December 10 2015 1:00 PM EST2015-12-10 18:00:26 GMT
    According to Base officials and members of the Lejeune family, it looks like Camp "Luh-June," but it's pronounced Camp "Luh-Jern."More >>

    According to Base officials and members of the Lejeune family, it looks like Camp "Luh-June," but it's pronounced Camp "Luh-Jern."

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  • Zapple reimburses taxpayers for civic and charity tickets

    Zapple reimburses taxpayers for civic and charity tickets

    Wednesday, December 9 2015 11:32 AM EST2015-12-09 16:32:10 GMT
    Wednesday, December 9 2015 2:27 PM EST2015-12-09 19:27:39 GMT
    Just one week after coming under scrutiny for the use of public money, a New Hanover County commissioner reimbursed taxpayers for hundreds of dollars worth of civic and charity tickets.More >>

    Just one week after coming under scrutiny for the use of public money, a New Hanover County commissioner reimbursed taxpayers for hundreds of dollars worth of civic and charity tickets.

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  • BARGAIN BOOZE: NC residents drive to Myrtle Beach for cheaper liquor

    BARGAIN BOOZE: NC residents drive to Myrtle Beach for cheaper liquor

    Wednesday, November 11 2015 4:42 PM EST2015-11-11 21:42:06 GMT
    Tuesday, November 17 2015 7:35 AM EST2015-11-17 12:35:53 GMT
    Many local residents drive to Myrtle Beach for cheaper liquor. In some cases you can save as much as $12 on a bottle of booze.More >>
    Many local residents drive to Myrtle Beach for cheaper liquor. In some cases you can save as much as $12 on a bottle of booze.More >>
  • Sex Assault: Holding college campuses accountable

    Sex Assault: Holding college campuses accountable

    Tuesday, November 10 2015 12:08 PM EST2015-11-10 17:08:53 GMT
    Thursday, November 12 2015 7:20 AM EST2015-11-12 12:20:34 GMT
    More and more students are reporting being sexually assaulted on college and university campuses. Federal law requires schools to provide adequate accommodations for all students, including sexual assault survivors. As of October 2015, 145 schools were under investigation. More >>
    More and more students are reporting being sexually assaulted on college and university campuses. Federal law requires schools to provide adequate accommodations for all students, including sexual assault survivors. As of October 2015, 145 schools were under investigation. More >>
  • UNTESTED: Rape Kits Collecting Dust Across NC

    UNTESTED: Rape Kits Collecting Dust Across NC

    Wednesday, October 28 2015 10:35 AM EDT2015-10-28 14:35:30 GMT
    Tuesday, November 3 2015 8:15 AM EST2015-11-03 13:15:42 GMT
    We learned the vast majority of rape kits taken from victims in NC are never sent to the state lab for processing at all. In 2014, Wilmington Police took in a total of 41 rape kits for rapes and other sexual assaults, but only submitted 10 kits for testing at the crime lab.More >>
    We learned the vast majority of rape kits taken from victims in NC are never sent to the state lab for processing at all. In 2014, Wilmington Police took in a total of 41 rape kits for rapes and other sexual assaults, but only submitted 10 kits for testing at the crime lab.More >>
  • Local delays contribute to lengthy trial process for rape victims

    Local delays contribute to lengthy trial process for rape victims

    Wednesday, October 28 2015 11:12 AM EDT2015-10-28 15:12:59 GMT
    Tuesday, November 3 2015 7:25 AM EST2015-11-03 12:25:55 GMT
    The North Carolina State Crime Lab has been largely blamed for the backlog, but WECT has learned that’s not the whole story. It’s not uncommon for a rape kit to sit in the evidence vault for months, or even years in some cases before being sent off to the state lab for processing.More >>
    The North Carolina State Crime Lab has been largely blamed for the backlog, but WECT has learned that’s not the whole story. It’s not uncommon for a rape kit to sit in the evidence vault for months, or even years in some cases before being sent off to the state lab for processing.More >>
  • Rolls Royce and first-class tickets: A look at what T-Pain wanted from UNCW

    Rolls Royce and first-class tickets: A look at what T-Pain wanted from UNCW

    Thursday, October 29 2015 1:20 PM EDT2015-10-29 17:20:20 GMT
    Thursday, October 29 2015 5:11 PM EDT2015-10-29 21:11:13 GMT
    When celebrities perform, they are known to make some outlandish requests in their contracts. We took a look at T-Pain's $40,000 agreement with UNCW and found a few requests worth sharing.More >>
    When celebrities perform, they are known to make some outlandish requests in their contracts. We took a look at T-Pain's $40,000 agreement with UNCW and found a few requests worth sharing.More >>
  • First class airfare, $7K bus trips expensed by local water authority

    First class airfare, $7K bus trips expensed by local water authority

    Monday, October 5 2015 5:19 PM EDT2015-10-05 21:19:44 GMT
    Thursday, October 15 2015 12:30 PM EDT2015-10-15 16:30:52 GMT
    Some of you have called us with tips about public agencies that are not spending your money as carefully as you would like.One of those recent tips prompted us to ask for financial records at H2GO.More >>
    Some of you have called us with tips about public agencies that are not spending your money as carefully as you would like.One of those recent tips prompted us to ask for financial records at H2GO.More >>
  • Double Dipping? Commissioners get reimbursed for meals already provided at conference

    Double Dipping? Commissioners get reimbursed for meals already provided at conference

    Monday, August 10 2015 1:10 PM EDT2015-08-10 17:10:13 GMT
    Thursday, August 13 2015 12:53 PM EDT2015-08-13 16:53:32 GMT
    The National Association of Counties held its annual convention in Charlotte this summer, and all five counties in our viewing area sent delegates. As our “Following your Money” series continues, we're taking a look at what you spent to send them there.More >>
    The National Association of Counties held its annual convention in Charlotte this summer, and all five counties in our viewing area sent delegates. As our “Following your Money” series continues, we're taking a look at what you spent to send them there.More >>
  • WECT INVESTIGATES: Closed charter school and state were at odds over tax money

    WECT INVESTIGATES: Closed charter school and state were at odds over tax money

    Monday, August 3 2015 12:47 PM EDT2015-08-03 16:47:14 GMT
    Tuesday, August 4 2015 7:31 AM EDT2015-08-04 11:31:42 GMT
    As parents scrambled to enroll their students elsewhere when SEGS Academy closed suddenly this spring, leaders at the beleaguered charter school began a testy process of settling up with the state. Public records show the school requested thousands of state dollars for services rendered long after students left.More >>
    As parents scrambled to enroll their students elsewhere when SEGS Academy closed suddenly this spring, leaders at the beleaguered charter school began a testy process of settling up with the state. Public records show the school requested thousands of state dollars for services rendered long after students left.More >>
  • State tight-lipped about death of inmate suspected of drinking 'homemade brew'

    State tight-lipped about death of inmate suspected of drinking 'homemade brew'

    Thursday, July 30 2015 1:33 PM EDT2015-07-30 17:33:03 GMT
    Friday, July 31 2015 5:29 AM EDT2015-07-31 09:29:12 GMT
    A WECT investigation revealed that state prison officials addressed “supervision issues” at a facility in Columbus County after an inmate died in 2014 after reportedly drinking “homemade brew.”More >>
    A WECT investigation revealed that state prison officials addressed “supervision issues” at a facility in Columbus County after an inmate died in 2014 after reportedly drinking “homemade brew.”More >>
  • Brunswick park purchase blasted as a commissioner bail out

    Brunswick park purchase blasted as a commissioner bail out

    Monday, June 29 2015 12:36 PM EDT2015-06-29 16:36:01 GMT
    Wednesday, July 22 2015 6:35 PM EDT2015-07-22 22:35:12 GMT
    With Brunswick County property taxes potentially increasing and benefits like county employee health insurance seeing major cuts, some residents are outraged over a multi-million dollar land purchase made by county commissioners. They say the purchase was nothing more than commissioners bailing out one of their own.More >>
    With Brunswick County property taxes potentially increasing and benefits like county employee health insurance seeing major cuts, some residents are outraged over a multi-million dollar land purchase made by county commissioners. They say the purchase was nothing more than commissioners bailing out one of their own.More >>
  • WECT Investigates: Halfway house for sex offenders in Wilmington

    Friday, July 10 2015 4:08 PM EDT2015-07-10 20:08:40 GMT
    Monday, July 13 2015 7:30 PM EDT2015-07-13 23:30:19 GMT
    There is a halfway house near Downtown Wilmington for sex offenders just released from prison.Its the only one of its kind in the state. The Department of Public Safety pays the ex-cons room and board for 60 days while they transition back into society.More >>
    There is a halfway house near Downtown Wilmington for sex offenders just released from prison.Its the only one of its kind in the state. The Department of Public Safety pays the ex-cons room and board for 60 days while they transition back into society.More >>
  • INSIDE LOOK: Keeping traffic moving is complicated

    INSIDE LOOK: Keeping traffic moving is complicated

    Monday, June 29 2015 1:22 PM EDT2015-06-29 17:22:29 GMT
    Tuesday, June 30 2015 4:52 AM EDT2015-06-30 08:52:05 GMT
    Everybody knows what it's like to get stuck in traffic in Wilmington. What you probably don't know is a lot goes into the complicated process of programming traffic signals to keep traffic moving.More >>
    Everybody knows what it's like to get stuck in traffic in Wilmington. What you probably don't know is a lot goes into the complicated process of programming traffic signals to keep traffic moving.More >>
  • NC rape victims waiting 2 years for DNA test results

    NC rape victims waiting 2 years for DNA test results

    Monday, June 22 2015 11:01 AM EDT2015-06-22 15:01:46 GMT
    Friday, June 26 2015 8:27 AM EDT2015-06-26 12:27:26 GMT
     Because of the long wait, prosecutors say many rapists are literally getting away with it. More >>
     Because of the long wait, prosecutors say many rapists are literally getting away with it. 
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  • Sex traffickers using social media to recruit victims

    Sex traffickers using social media to recruit victims

    Tuesday, June 23 2015 12:03 AM EDT2015-06-23 04:03:44 GMT
    Thursday, June 25 2015 4:00 PM EDT2015-06-25 20:00:21 GMT
    Sex trafficking in Wilmington is a bigger concern than most people would imagine.More >>
    Sex trafficking in Wilmington is a bigger concern than most people would imagine.More >>
  • Captive Audience: The high cost of inmate phone calls

    Captive Audience: The high cost of inmate phone calls

    Thursday, June 4 2015 12:51 PM EDT2015-06-04 16:51:48 GMT
    Monday, June 8 2015 3:00 PM EDT2015-06-08 19:00:13 GMT
    After years of complaints about the high cost of making phone from jails and prisons, the Federal Communications Commission is looking to rein in inmate phone rates.More >>
    After years of complaints about the high cost of making phone from jails and prisons, the Federal Communications Commission is looking to rein in inmate phone rates.More >>
  • Debunking the myth: There's no poop in your beard

    Debunking the myth: There's no poop in your beard

    Monday, June 1 2015 6:05 PM EDT2015-06-01 22:05:15 GMT
    Thursday, June 4 2015 6:30 PM EDT2015-06-04 22:30:32 GMT
    You probably saw the disgusting headlines all over social media, warning that your beard could be as filthy as a toilet. The biology department at Cape Fear Community College said that what the "study" did NOT include...was any science.More >>
    You probably saw the disgusting headlines all over social media, warning that your beard could be as filthy as a toilet. The biology department at Cape Fear Community College said that what the "study" did NOT include...was any science.More >>
  • Troopers add license plate readers to surveillance equipment on Highway 421

    Troopers add license plate readers to surveillance equipment on Highway 421

    Wednesday, May 20 2015 5:22 PM EDT2015-05-20 21:22:36 GMT
    Thursday, May 21 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-05-21 19:30:09 GMT
    Drivers passing through the lower Cape Fear region on Highway 421 may have noticed some interesting items in their recent travels.More >>
    Drivers passing through the lower Cape Fear region on Highway 421 may have noticed some interesting items in their recent travels.More >>
  • Off Limits: Banning Marines from local businesses

    Off Limits: Banning Marines from local businesses

    Wednesday, May 13 2015 8:38 PM EDT2015-05-14 00:38:14 GMT
    Wednesday, May 20 2015 8:00 PM EDT2015-05-21 00:00:21 GMT
    Marines from Camp Lejeune are targets on the battlefield. But, they are also targets at home, often by business owners who may not have the Marine's best interest in mind. The base publishes a list of businesses considered "off limits" to Marines, and several places in Wilmington are on the list. More >>
    Marines from Camp Lejeune are targets on the battlefield. But, they are also targets at home, often by business owners who may not have the Marine's best interest in mind. The base publishes a list of businesses considered "off limits" to Marines, and several places in Wilmington are on the list. More >>
  • Stopping Bullies: The investigation process inside New Hanover Co. schools

    Stopping Bullies: The investigation process inside New Hanover Co. schools

    Tuesday, April 14 2015 12:25 PM EDT2015-04-14 16:25:35 GMT
    Thursday, April 23 2015 10:04 PM EDT2015-04-24 02:04:34 GMT
    Trained staff investigate each and every bullying report in New Hanover County Schools.More >>
    Trained staff investigate each and every bullying report in New Hanover County Schools.More >>
  • WECT Investigates UPDATE: DWI dismissals down drastically in Columbus County

    WECT Investigates UPDATE: DWI dismissals down drastically in Columbus County

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 3:24 PM EST2015-02-25 20:24:39 GMT
    Wednesday, February 25 2015 3:41 PM EST2015-02-25 20:41:21 GMT
    A follow-up to a WECT News investigation found that prosecutors in Columbus County have dramatically cut voluntarily dismissals of driving while impaired cases in the past 90 days. More >>
    A follow-up to a WECT News investigation found that prosecutors in Columbus County have dramatically cut voluntarily dismissals of driving while impaired cases in the past 90 days. More >>
  • Why is everyone putting butter in their coffee?

    Why is everyone putting butter in their coffee?

    Thursday, February 19 2015 6:12 PM EST2015-02-19 23:12:46 GMT
    Monday, February 23 2015 8:00 PM EST2015-02-24 01:00:27 GMT
    The next trend in getting a morning buzz may be no further than your butter dish.“Bulletproof coffee” has a lot of people slurping down hundreds of fatty calories for a high octane rush and has as many supporters as skeptics.More >>
    The next trend in getting a morning buzz may be no further than your butter dish.“Bulletproof coffee” has a lot of people slurping down hundreds of fatty calories for a high octane rush and has as many supporters as skeptics.More >>
  • WECT Investigates: County Commissioner spending on trip to Pinehurst

    WECT Investigates: County Commissioner spending on trip to Pinehurst

    Thursday, February 19 2015 11:20 AM EST2015-02-19 16:20:31 GMT
    Thursday, February 19 2015 5:28 PM EST2015-02-19 22:28:46 GMT
    Columbus County’s sheriff says seniors have gotten phone calls saying they won millions of dollars and a car. (Source: WECT)Columbus County’s sheriff says seniors have gotten phone calls saying they won millions of dollars and a car. (Source: WECT)
    At least four of the counties in our region sent delegates to Pinehurst for a North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Legislative Goals Conference in January. WECT requested the expense reports.More >>
    At least four of the counties in our region sent delegates to Pinehurst for a North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Legislative Goals Conference in January. WECT requested the expense reports.More >>
  • Obamacare program hits NHRMC with penalties

    Obamacare program hits NHRMC with penalties

    Tuesday, February 10 2015 6:10 PM EST2015-02-10 23:10:35 GMT
    Monday, February 16 2015 5:29 PM EST2015-02-16 22:29:46 GMT
    Healthcare spending in the United States has grown to $2.9 trillion, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In an effort to control escalating costs and improve the overall quality of care, the Affordable Health Care Act is targeting what it considers excessive and unnecessary hospital readmissions.More >>
    Healthcare spending in the United States has grown to $2.9 trillion, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In an effort to control escalating costs and improve the overall quality of care, the Affordable Health Care Act is targeting what it considers excessive and unnecessary hospital readmissions.More >>
  • WECT Investigates: Missing, stolen property from state schools and facilities

    WECT Investigates: Missing, stolen property from state schools and facilities

    Wednesday, January 28 2015 7:52 PM EST2015-01-29 00:52:45 GMT
    Sunday, February 1 2015 8:00 PM EST2015-02-02 01:00:19 GMT
    More than $200,000 worth of equipment and property were reported missing, stolen or damaged at state facilities in southeastern North Carolina in 2014. More >>
    More than $200,000 worth of equipment and property were reported missing, stolen or damaged at state facilities in southeastern North Carolina in 2014. More >>
  • WECT Investigates: Woman overbilled for property taxes asks WECT for help with refund

    WECT Investigates: Woman overbilled for property taxes asks WECT for help with refund

    Monday, November 24 2014 2:27 PM EST2014-11-24 19:27:05 GMT
    Tuesday, November 25 2014 10:07 AM EST2014-11-25 15:07:23 GMT

    Lenora Mitchell has been paying the taxes on that property since 2006, but only recently realized that Brunswick County was taxing her for twice as much land as she actually owns. Mitchell says the assistant tax assessor told her even if she was over billed, she wasn't entitled to a refund.

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    Lenora Mitchell has been paying the taxes on that property since 2006, but only recently realized that Brunswick County was taxing her for twice as much land as she actually owns. Mitchell says the assistant tax assessor told her even if she was over billed, she wasn't entitled to a refund.

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  • Why are so many DWI cases dismissed?

    Why are so many DWI cases dismissed?

    Thursday, November 20 2014 1:26 PM EST2014-11-20 18:26:36 GMT
    Friday, November 21 2014 7:57 AM EST2014-11-21 12:57:37 GMT
    The Department of Motor Vehicles reports that 366 people died in alcohol-related crashes in North Carolina in 2013. Nearly 60,000 people went to court to face charges of Driving While Impaired in the 2013-14 fiscal year in North Carolina. More than 60 percent were found guilty of a crime related to the DWI offense. About 21 percent of the cases were dismissed - not by judges, but by prosecutors.More >>
    The Department of Motor Vehicles reports that 366 people died in alcohol-related crashes in North Carolina in 2013. Nearly 60,000 people went to court to face charges of Driving While Impaired in the 2013-14 fiscal year in North Carolina. More than 60 percent were found guilty of a crime related to the DWI offense. About 21 percent of the cases were dismissed - not by judges, but by prosecutors.More >>
  • SC Missing: Solicitor reopens file of the 'I-20 girl' case

    SC Missing: Solicitor reopens file of the 'I-20 girl' case

    A wooded area at a truck stop on Interstate 20 in Darlington County was a crime scene 14 years ago when a woman's body was discovered. For more than a decade, this woman lay in a Darlington County cemeteryMore >>
    A wooded area at a truck stop on Interstate 20 in Darlington County was a crime scene 14 years ago when a woman's body was discovered. For more than a decade, this woman lay in a Darlington County cemetery without anyone knowing her name.More >>
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