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  Wilmington spending $400,000 more on red-light cameras than program is making

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - An item that will be brought up at Wilmington’s City Council meeting tonight has some asking questions about the city’s red light camera system and whether the program is really worth it.

Donald Trump visiting Greenville next month

  UPDATE: Planning board approves five residential developments in Brunswick County

N.C. leaders push for Hates Crimes Prevention Act

Rep. Butler and other Democrats propose bill to reestablish NC Film Credit

NC Sen. Tillis says he feels great after cancer surgery

Former VP Pence in Columbia for first public address since leaving office

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  Debate continues over North Carolina body camera law

  Ex-Justice Cheri Beasley joins North Carolina Senate race

Brunswick Forest residents fight for access to community pool

  After Chauvin verdict, Black-led organizations continue to push for change

VP Kamala Harris visits N.C. to discuss American Jobs Plan, tour electric bus facility “There isn’t only one path to success”

  Bill to ban manufacture and use of PFAS in NC filed in General Assembly

Senate Republicans sponsor bill to expand NC Opportunity Scholarship program

Sen. Michael Lee (R-New Hanover) is one of the primary sponsors of a bill to expand North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship program, which provides funding for low-income or special needs students to attend private schools across the state.

Sen. Michael Lee among lawmakers sponsoring bill to improve reading literacy in state’s youngest students

Senator Michael Lee (R-New Hanover) is one of the primary sponsors of a bill that aims to increase reading literacy in the state’s youngest students.

  State education leaders visit Columbus County schools

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - After a year of changes for students and teachers, learning through a computer screen is almost second nature, but it’s not the way things are meant to be.

  Brunswick County proposes change to voting precinct boundaries, polling locations

Voters are used to going to the same precincts to cast their ballots, but with the growth that has happened in recent years, they might want to double check before the next election day.

  Wilmington-area Democrats protest Rep. Rouzer’s voting record on guns, police brutality

  Project Grace planning, financing on agenda for New Hanover County commissioners

GOP pushes bills to allow social media ‘censorship’ lawsuits

Scandals reveal Cuomo known by New Yorkers to wider nation

  Board of Commissioners hears from financial consultants on water rate hike

  New details on pending release of 3,500 people from NC prison system

  Greta Van Susteren: How a toga party helped her become an accidental anchor (“1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Greta Van Susteren has hosted shows on all three major cable networks in her 25-year television career. She is the guest on this week's episode of the "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast, looking back at that career and how a toga party played a part in making it happen.

Bill introduced in NC House to address growing litter problem along state roads

After local leaders raised concerns regarding increasing amounts of litter along roads and highways across southeastern North Carolina, lawmakers from the region have signed on as sponsors to House Bill 100, the Highway Cleanup Act.

Dane Rideout hired as new Elizabethtown town manager

The Elizabeth Town Council unanimoulsy voted to install Dane Rideout as town manager Wednesday.

  Dem-led House, drawing a line, kicks Greene off committees

Nearly all Republicans voted against the Democratic move, but none of them defended her lengthy history of outrageous social media posts.

SENC lawmakers receive committee leadership positions for 2021 General Assembly session

Lawmakers from southeastern North Carolina will hold leadership positions on several committees when North Carolina’s General Assembly reconvenes on Wednesday to begin the 2021-22 session

  Vice President Kamala Harris’s swearing in inspires local girls

As Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn into office today, girls across the nation watched in awe, knowing that nothing is out of reach.

DOJ ends investigation into stock sales of N.C. Sen. Richard Burr with no charges

The United States Department of Justice has ended its investigation into the stock trading of North Carolina Senator Richard Burr with no charges, as the case is now closed.

  Group holds drive-by protests against Congressman Rouzer over election vote

Protest organizers say they are calling for the congressman's resignation or removal.

  Rep. David Rouzer responds to Wednesday’s Capitol breach

WECT caught up with Representative David Rouzer (R) of North Carolina’s 7th district to talk through what happened Wednesday, whether he ever considered changing his vote and who he feels is responsible for the transgressions against our democracy’s sacred ground.

NC congressional delegation reacts to supporters of President Trump storming Capitol Hill

Members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation are reacting to the events that unfolded Wednesday when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed Capitol Hill during the debate on certifying electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.

Rouzer, Tillis are on opposite sides of certifying electoral votes

Rep. David Rouzer and Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina are on opposite sides of Wednesday’s vote to certify the electoral votes cast in the 2020 presidential election.

NC Sen. Tillis says he will not object Electoral College votes

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) said he will not object the Electoral vote, according to a statement released Wednesday.

Charles Miller takes oath of office to become District 19 representative

Charles Miller has taken the oath of office to become the newest legislator representing southeastern North Carolina in the General Assembly

  Supreme Court rejects Republican challenge to Biden victory

Even though most of the signatories are far-right conservatives who come from deep red districts, the filing meant that roughly one-quarter of the U.S. House believes the Supreme Court should set aside election results.

  Newby still leads the race after counties complete recount in NC Supreme Court race

After the recount, the margin is now 401 votes, favoring Newby.

Bladen County Commissioner David Gooden alleges illegal votes in general election

Bladen County Commissioner David Gooden is refusing to concede to fellow commissioner G. Michael Cogdell in the 2020 General Election race for the final county-wide or at-large seat on the board.

  Robin Moffitt nominated to fill open seat on Brunswick County Board of Education

Robin Moffitt of Oak Island has been nominated to join the Brunswick County Board of Education.

  North Carolina’s State Treasurer Dale Folwell talks about priorities for a second term

As Dale Folwell prepares to begin a second term as North Carolina State Treasurer, he has laid out several priorities he would like the office to tackle in the next four years.

  New Hanover canvasses all but two statewide races, prepares for protest hearing

The New Hanover County Board of Elections voted unanimously to finalize the local results of the 2020 General Election — but not in two major statewide races.

Approved absentee and provisional ballots do not appear to change close New Hanover County races

Approved absentee and provisional ballots do not appear to change close New Hanover County races

  Your Election Day vote may not be showing up yet online. That’s normal in NC.

Election administrators across North Carolina continue to update the information of people who voted on election day, even as calls increase for that information to be made public much sooner. But the process is working on schedule, just as it always has.

Ten votes separate two Bladen County Commissioners seeking reelection

The race for a seat on the Bladen County Board of Commissioners is tighter after elections officials added accepted absentee-by-mail and provisional ballots to the election results.

  Cal Cunningham concedes U.S. Senate race to Thom Tillis

Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham conceded the U.S. Senate race to incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis, according to a statement from Cunningham.

  NC State Board of Elections updates outstanding absentee-by-mail and provisional ballot numbers

The North Carolina State Board of Elections now says there are approximately 94,900 outstanding absentee-by-mail ballots statewide that could be accepted and added to the general election results during the pre-canvassing process.

  County Boards of Elections set meetings to approve provisional and remaining absentee ballots

Boards of Elections in southeastern North Carolina counties have set meetings to approve provisional ballots cast by voters on Election Day, and remaining absentee ballots received after the election but postmarked on November 3.

  NC State Board of Elections releases provisional ballot numbers for 2020 General Election

The North Carolina State Board of Elections on Thursday released a county-by-county breakdown of provisional ballots cast by voters on Election Day.

  State Board of Elections releases details on outstanding absentee-by-mail ballots

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has released details of the approximately 116,00 outstanding absentee-by-mail ballots that could still be counted in 2020 General Election races

  So what’s next? Understanding outstanding absentee mail-in ballots

Election day is behind us, but there are thousands of ballots that have yet to be counted.

Mark Robinson wins race for lieutenant governor of North Carolina, AP reports

Political newcomer Republican Mark Robinson won the race for lieutenant governor of North Carolina, according to the Associated Press. He will be the state’s first ever African-American lieutenant governor.

Election Night updates: Rouzer projected as winner in Seventh District

Election results from across the Cape Fear Region.

  The 2020 Election is driving some voters to the polls for the first time ever

Some people who are heading to the polls are calling the 2020 election the most important of their lifetime.

  New Hanover County receives five times more absentee ballots than in the last presidential election

Record numbers of absentee voter ballots are being counted. That includes New Hanover County where the numbers are five times higher than the 2016 presidential election.

  NC Democrats hope to flip these 4 seats blue, and they’re spending big to do it

Control of the North Carolina General Assembly, and thus a hand in the once-a-decade redraw of congressional and state legislative maps, may come down to a handful of state Senate races. And the money aimed at those races shows it.

  One-stop early voting dates, times and locations in southeastern North Carolina counties for 2020 General Elections

One-stop early voting runs from Thursday, October 15 to Saturday, October 31, in counties across North Carolina. Local Boards of Elections have set up several locations where voters can cast ballots ahead of Election Day, November 3.

  Vice President Pence takes campaign trail to Wilmington, COVID-19 cases rising

Eight days until election day, and an average of recent polls has President Trump and Joe Biden fewer than two percentage points apart in North Carolina.

Wilmington City Councilman Kevin Spears talks climate change, voting at Biden Campaign event

Councilman Spears spoke at a Biden Harris campaign event at Bodega Saturday afternoon.

  Court decisions move voters out of by-mail limbo, but the clock is ticking

After months of legislative and legal fights over the rules for absentee-by-mail voting, North Carolina finally has some clarity two weeks before Election Day.

  Candidates for New Hanover County Commissioner speak at Power Breakfast event

Six candidates are running for three seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners in the 2020 General Election. All six took part in a Power Breakfast event sponsored by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.

  Candidates face off on issues at Greater Wilmington Business Journal power breakfast

Candidates discussed a variety of high-profile topics.

  Sen. Kamala Harris’ husband campaigns in Port City

Doug Emhoff campaigned in Wilmington on behalf of his wife Sen. Kamala Harris and Joe Biden.

New Hanover County lists wait times for early voting locations

The New Hanover County Board of Elections can show voters how long they will have to wait to cast their ballot at any of the nine One-Stop early voting locations across the county.

  Turnout tops 330,000 on first day of One-Stop early voting across North Carolina

According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, more than 330,000 people showed up to cast ballots in-person on the first day of One-Stop early voting Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Kamala Harris, husband test negative for COVID-19

Sen. Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, have tested negative for coronavirus after two of her staff tested positive earlier Thursday, Tim Perry with CBS News reports.

Vice President Pence visiting Selma on Friday

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Selma on Friday

Vice Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris trip to N.C. canceled after people close to campaign test positive for coronavirus

Democratic Vice Presidential hopeful Senator Kamala Harris' Thursday trips to Charlotte and Asheville have been canceled after two people close to the campaign tested positive for COVID-19.

  Sen. Danny Earl Britt is the republican incumbent running for a third term in the NC Senate District 13 race

Sen. Danny Earl Britt is the republican incumbent running for reelection to a third term representing District 13 in the North Carolina Senate, which includes all of Columbus counties.

  Barbara Yates-Lockamy is the democratic nominee running in the NC Senate District 13 race

Barbara Yates-Lockamy is the democratic nominee for the District 13 seat in the North Carolina Senate, which covers all of Columbus and Robeson counties.

Sen. Thom Tillis’ opening remarks in Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing

Sen. Thom Tillis, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, gave opening remarks as the confirmation hearings began for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Leaders from both NHC political parties share message on vandalism and theft of campaign signs

Will Knecht of the NHC Republican Party and Richard Polle of the NHC Democratic Party sent a joint press release Saturday night.

  Cunningham won’t offer additional details on personal indiscretions, Tillis criticizes

Democratic senatorial nominee Cal Cunningham refused to elaborate Friday on questions regarding an alleged extra-marital affair and his admission of sending sexual texts to a woman who is not his wife.

Cal Cunningham asked repeatedly about more possible affair allegations, doesn’t fully answer

In total, Cunningham was asked four times about whether more allegations could surface in the future.

On eve of voter registration deadline, a look at submitted absentee ballots in southeastern NC counties

Most absentee ballots cast from the five-county area of southeastern North Carolina for the 2020 general election are from registered democratic voters, according to an analysis of data provided by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Wrightsville Beach announces change in polling location

According to town leaders, the polling location has changed from Fran Russ Recreation Center to Wrightsville Beach Elementary School.

  In NC, consequences of Postal Service slowdown extend beyond the mailbox

Weeks before a pivotal election and in the midst of a global pandemic, North Carolinians are also concerned about the mail.

  ‘Time is running out’: With deadline uncertain, NC advocates push for last minute Census responses

The end of the 2020 Census information collection process could come as soon as Monday, Oct. 5.

  Rep. Brenden Jones is the republican incumbent running for reelection in the District 46 seat in the NC House

Rep. Brenden Jones is the republican incumbent running for a third full term serving District 46 in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

  Rep. Ted Davis is the republican nominee running for the District 20 seat in the NC House of Representatives

Rep. Ted Davis is the republican nominee running for the District 20 seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives, which includes the northeastern part of New Hanover County and Wrightsville Beach.

  Tim Heath is the democratic nominee running for the District 46 seat in the NC House

Tim Heath is the democratic nominee running for the District 46 seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives.