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  Pool safety in the age of the coronavirus pandemic

Medical experts and pool staff weigh in on the risks and precautions when it comes to swimming in pools during the coronavirus pandemic.

BBB: Social media coupon scams spreading amid the coronavirus pandemic

Charlotte tattoo shop owner feels no choice but to reopen despite N.C. ‘Stay At Home’ order

COVID-19 outbreaks at NC food processing plants raises food supply chain concerns

How should you use your stimulus money? A financial professional weighs in

IRS stimulus check tracking tool now live

Arrest made as protesters call for North Carolina businesses to reopen

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  Why is the NC Education Lottery still operating?

Authorities warn taxpayers to be alert about possible scams relating to stimulus payments

Tips for saving money on food, maintaining a healthy diet during virus pandemic

Florists see sharp decline in business the week before Easter

Lowe’s closing stores on Easter to allow teams to ‘recharge’

  State officials address issues filing unemployment claims

Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus check

The Treasury announced in a reversal Wednesday, that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically receive the $1,200 payment.

Economic stimulus checks: What you need to know

Payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

Disabled but working, denied unemployment in North Carolina

Two people tell WBTV they were denied unemployment benefits after they were fired because they used to receive disability payments.

  Making the take out/drive through business model work for restaurants in wake of coronavirus pandemic

Dozens upon dozens of area restaurants have been struggling with a new business model these last few weeks: take out or delivery only. But Gourmet to Go and Catering in Southport, NC, has run its business on that plan for years.

Taco Bell giving away free tacos to say “thank you” during coronavirus pandemic

Craft Beer Fest goes virtual to help support workers who lost jobs due to coronavirus

  ‘We miss our students,’ teachers parade through neighborhoods showing students support while at home

Who’s hiring? Several companies adding jobs during this uncertain time

  Impacted by the coronavirus? How to file for unemployment in N.C.

Financial options are available as small businesses face dire times

Six companies send proposals to partner with NHRMC

Proposals to partner with NHRMC on the future of healthcare in southeastern North Carolina were due at close of business Monday.

  Community Spotlight: Non-profit works with young adults to raise healthy children and prevent unplanned pregnancies

Volunteers at Samara’s Village work to teach young parent how to raise a healthy child amid alarming teen pregnancy rate in Brunswick County.

  'You should look for the obvious red flags’: How to protect yourself from money mule scams

Money mule scams happen in several ways and can often be related to online dating, offers for work-at-home jobs, or winning prizes.

  The Dubliner, surrounding businesses still in limbo due to funding for Carolina Beach Road project

The Dubliner and several other businesses are still in limbo because the NCDOT doesn't have the funding to purchase properties for the Carolina Beach Road expansion project.

  Financial expert urges calm after Dow’s worst day since the financial crisis of 2008

“Don’t panic,” Chris Dean, a certified financial planner, said. “Investing is a crock pot, not a microwave. So, you need to look at your allocation and not necessarily what the market is doing.”

Gas prices in parts of N.C. under $2; coronavirus a factor, officials say

Falling gas prices are being partially attributed to the coronavirus. On Sunday, oil prices plunged 20% amid worries producers won’t cut supplies enough to match falling demand in the virus-weakened economy.

On International Women’s Day, artists looks to revitalize the community

Driving by Castle street you might notice few Wilmington icons all in one location.

CFPUA customer service and payment software offline until Tuesday

The service went down Friday afternoon to allow staff to transition to our new billing system.

  Leland officials considering raising costs or ending recycling programs

Town of Leland staff says recycling costs could rise 78% next year.

  ‘It’s going to change the health of the nation:’ Growers tout health benefits of local grape

Muscadine grapes, grown only locally here in the southeastern United States, is being considered by researchers as one of the healthiest fruits you can eat.

  Study: Does owning a home really make you happier?

They say home is where the heart is, but does owning one really make you happier? A new survey says yes!

  Local group joins Australian relief efforts

Kelsey Kelly and the Plastic Ocean Project have joined forces to help the Australian relief effort after the country has battled bush fires for weeks now.

  ‘Atkinson is in a slump, but we’re going to come back,’ newly elected mayor says

Wendell Newkirk Sr. became the mayor of Atkinson as a write-in candidate. Nobody filed to run, so Newkirk faced off with five write-in opponents.

  CARFAX customers say company’s incomplete vehicle reports cost them thousands of dollars

Several customers bought used cars with clean CARFAX customers but CARFAX reports run at later dates showed significant issues with the cars.

  Monitor your energy use and save money with new Duke Energy smart meters

Duke Energy has begun installing smart meters in homes and businesses in the Cape Fear.

  Wilmington initiative works to put families in affordable homes

An initiative called “Get That Deed” is working to put families in affordable homes.

  What you need to know about the new nutrition label from the FDA

The FDA has updated the Nutrition Facts label to help make understanding it easier.

  Exploring Solar: Duke rebate program enters third year as N.C. continues to embrace the power of the sun

As an effort to make installing arrays moves into its third year, we take a look at the financial side of exploring solar.

$1 million lottery ticket waits unclaimed in North Carolina

North Carolina's lottery says it's waiting for someone to claim a $1 million ticket.

Safety tips for New Year’s celebrations

There are two more days in 2019 until we usher in not only a new year, but a new decade also. While going out with friends and watching the ball drop are fun to do, first responders are warning to be safe.

Local fitness trainer gives health tips to start the new decade

Fitness professionals are weighing on on how you can stay healthy and start good habits going into 2020.

N.C. man stops for Christmas groceries, bags $250,000 prize

A North Carolina man has won a $250,000 lottery ticket after stopping by the grocery store to buy some fixings for Christmas dinner.

  Pleasure Island group has a plan for your old Christmas trees

The Surfrider Foundation has a use for your now out-of-season Christmas trees.

  Everybody has their own holiday tradition, what’s yours?

From baking cookies with grandma, drinking eggnog or opening presents as soon as the clock strikes every family has that one thing they do on Christmas day.

  ILM gives tips to speed up airport visit

More Americans than ever are expected to travel this holiday season

  Local church responds to racially charged hate mail

It’s been a week, but service went on as scheduled for the congregation. In fact, they had a message for the unknown sender.

Christmas comes early for lucky children

Pleasant Hill Church along with a few other groups have taken time out of December to show the true spirit of giving.

  Laser Christmas displays can pose threat to flight safety, FAA says

Holiday cheer has different shapes and forms, including laser lights that can mimic Christmas lights on a house. But, they can also prove dangerous for pilots if not used properly.

Kohl’s now open 24 hours a day until Christmas Eve

The retailer is keeping its doors open around the clock so last-minute holiday shoppers can check off their gift lists

Red flags: Ways to protect yourself while shopping online

Chances are you’ve seen ads pop up in your feed with the hot products of the season if you’re using social media. It’s easy to get sucked in to make a purchase from one of these sites as they offer some of the most desirable items around, but don’t be fooled - if the offer seems too good to be true

Hurricane Florence victim can rebuild after winning Mega Millions drawing

A North Carolina man is tens of thousands dollars richer after winning a portion of last Friday’s Mega Millions drawing.

  The Salvation Army now accepting donations through Apple Pay, Google Pay

The new initiative makes donating to The Salvation Army easy.

Holiday shipping: money-saving tips & last-minute deadlines

With Christmas less than two weeks away, here are some things to keep in mind before heading to the post office.

  “You want to make sure that your money is going to be well spent”: the dos & don’ts of charitable giving

Before you write a check to make someone's holiday season a little better, here are some tips to keep in mind when picking a charity.

New parade planned for Sunday in Riegelwood

A group is putting on the its first ever Christmas parade & festival in Riegelwood, NC.

  Man rides across state on bike as call to action

Esteamed Coffee, a shop that will employ people with various disabilities who would otherwise struggle to find meaningful employment, hosted its first annual N.C. Bike Ride.

The trick to teaching your kids to save

Teaching your children about money-- could be one of the most important lessons a parent can provide. Especially in a world where millions carry debt each year for mortgages, student loans and credit cards.

  Pender County EC students prepare for Merry Market

EC students at schools throughout Pender County are creating their own products to sell for Christmas. Dog treats, ornaments, Christmas decorations, you name it.

Chick-fil-A set to open long-awaited Leland location with campout party

The grand opening for Chick-fil-A Leland Town Center will kick off Dec. 4 and carry on into Dec. 5. The first 100 people in line for the official opening will receive free Chick-fil-A for a year.

  36th annual Flotilla lights up Wrightsville Beach

The streets of Wrightsville Beach were lined with thousands of people, ready to see this years showcase of boat lights.

Keep up with the sales, check out Small Biz Saturday

Black Friday starts the holiday shopping season but the sales don’t end on the day. Small Business Saturday is meant to shop local and keep money in the area.

  Industrial hose manufacturer expands to Pender County; will bring 51 jobs in $7.9M investment

The governor made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

  ‘Stuck between a rock and a hard place’: Her home was damaged by Florence but woman says a roofing company has been the real nightmare

Customers of a local roofing company report leaky roofs, and few answers.

  Recipes for easy, last minute Thanksgiving side dishes

A couple of recipes that don't take up much time, only require simple ingredients and are always a big hit at family gatherings.

  Duke Energy warns against utility scams during annual awareness week

Duke Energy is joining other utilities for Utility Scam Awareness Week.

Salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart and other stores recalled for possible E.coli contamination

A New Jersey company is recalling about 97,271 pounds of salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart, Target and other stores throughout Ohio because they may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

BBB warning: Beware of the ‘Secret Sister Gift Exchange’ on social media

If you’ve seen the viral “Secret Sister Gift Exchange” on social media, beware. It could cost you more than just your personal information.

  Seizing the Opportunity: WECT Investigates Opportunity Zones in the Cape Fear region

WECT Investigates Opportunity Zones in Southeastern North Carolina, how they were chosen, and if they will deliver on their promises.

  Stuck with too much candy? Here are some post-Halloween ideas for those sweet treats

Here are some tips and tricks on what to do with your candy and pumpkin now that spooky season is over.

  Autistic middle school student tackles stigma and directs high school band

Caleb McAllister is an 8th grader at Central Middle School. He lives with Asperger Syndrome, it’s a disorder that can make socializing with others difficult.

Deck the halls! Blue Bell releases Christmas Cookies Ice Cream

The ice cream company says it has increased production “to meet the unbelievable demand” for the flavor.

Mical Seafood, Inc. expands recall for tuna products sold in 23 states

A Florida seafood company expanded a recall for some of its tuna products because of the risk of scombroid fish poisoning.

  Downtown Wilmington’s residential population set to double with current construction

Downtown Wilmington's residential population expected to double with current construction projects

  Whiteville school officials break ground on high school renovations

Whiteville High School is (finally!) getting a new look.

  Sunny skies, clouds on the horizon: Economists recommend cautious optimism as business experts promote global thinking at UNCW forum

On Wednesday, local economic academics, business experts and leaders from around the region gathered at UNCW for a morning conference hosted by the Swain Center for Executive Education and Economic Development.

  Evangelist Franklin Graham visits Wilmington for “Tar Heel State” tour

Franklin Graham is touring the country and his stop in Wilmington at Legion Stadium brought out over 8,000 people wanting to hear the Word.

  Hundreds turn out to seek info on Southport sewage plant they don’t want

Tensions were high in Southport Thursday as questions loomed about plans to build a sewage plant.

  27 years sober narcotics anonymous chip found in Southport

The battle with substance abuse can be tough at times, but it can be the smallest of things that make the biggest difference.