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Cops release drawing of man wanted in stabbing of preacher — CASTLE HAYNE | The New Hanover County Sheriff 's Office has released a sketch of a man wanted for stabbing a Castle Hayne preacher two days before Christmas . The sheriff's office has also released a video featuring interviews with the preacher, the Rev. W. Randall Smith, and a detective working the case.

Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic — WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska.
Jan 27, 2015

Obama floats plan offering first-ever oil/gas drilling lease off NC, SC.…

NC Film Office open enrollment for new $10 million grant program — Film and TV productions can now apply to the state's film grant program, officially ushering in what will be a new era for the North Carolina film industry. Find out more Read the grant application at On Monday, the Department of Commerce, along with the NC Film Office, opened enrollment in the $10 million grant program and began accepting online applications.

Tomko shakes off ankle injury to lead Seahawks past Towson — TOWSON, Md. | UNC-Wilmington guard Chad Tomko arrived at breakfast Thursday sure he would play for the Seahawks a few hours later against Towson despite nursing an injured left ankle. Interim coach Brooks Lee wasn't so confident.
Jan 26, 2015

@NUHF @defiantlydutch @D1scourse Feb. 11, 2010. 1st win for UNCW after the Moss firing. 401 brave souls in attendance…

Flights canceled ahead of Northeast blizzard — WILMINGTON | The blizzard that's getting ready to batter the Northeast has caused several flight cancellations at Wilmington International Airport . US Airways' flights to New York-LaGuardia and Philadelphia scheduled for Monday afternoon have been scrapped. So far, the flights to the Port City from the Northeast appear to be on time, according to the airport's website.
Jan 26, 2015

ILM flights canceled ahead of Northeast blizzard; Nationally, 5,700 flights thru Wednesday now scrapped -…

Commission weighs options for common core in N.C. — NEW HANOVER COUNTY | Will North Carolina keep, revise or toss the Common Core State Standards? It's the charge of the Academic Standards Review Commission to decide what the state's future K-12 standards for English and math will look like, and so far it's still uncertain.
Jan 26, 2015

Via my former paper @starnewsonline. Commission weighs options for common core in N.C.…

Is your 2015 resolution already history? Don't worry, there's still hope — The dawn of the new year is a stressful time. Local experts offer the following advice to help you keep yourresolutions:* Determine a precise resolution and make a plan.* Have an encouraging support system.* Interact with those who share similar goals if possible.* Reduce stress when possible.* Don't be too hard on yourself.* Remember that a misstep is no a reason to call it quits.

Relative newcomer Ferrante finds himself the center of attention — By Lydia Coutré and Gareth McGrath Two recent controversies have thrust Wilmington resident John Ferrante into the public spotlight. While he's reluctant to discuss his role in these disputes, friends and acquaintances offer some insight into the polarizing figure.
Jan 26, 2015

ICYMI - Relative newcomer Ferrante finds himself the center of attention - via @StarNewsOnline…

Lawmakers hear uproar over ballooning homeowner insurance rates — WILMINGTON | Insurance companies are using a decades-old law to push higher-than-approved homeowner insurance rates on North Carolinians, says Sen. Michael Lee, calling the statute a loophole that needs to be closed. Lee, R-New Hanover, who is on the Senate Insurance Committee, said he is going to look closely at the law during this session of the General Assembly.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @mp_wood: NC homeowners need immediate protection from home insurers sending "consent to rate" or else letters #ncpol #ncga