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Podcast May 27 – Coping with Phase 2: Bars, breweries, and Wilmington’s ‘downtown alive’ [Free listen]

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On this episode we look at some of the fallout from Governor Roy Cooper’s ‘more cautious’ Phase 2. Bar owners were caught off guard by last-minute changes that dropped their businesses from the list of places that could reopen. While other groups, including craft breweries and distilleries, were able to exert powerful lobbying pressure on […]

Perspectives: Former Wilmington affordable housing advocate on Covid-19’s impact [Free]

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WILMINGTON — Affordable housing — or, more precisely, the staggering lack of it in the Wilmington area — is not a new problem. But Covid-19 has pushed the issue to the forefront. Paul D’Angelo spent years working on affordable housing, including time spent at the Wilmington Housing Authority. He’s now the Affordable Housing & Community […]

Podcast May 23 – Left behind by Phase 2, another blow for WAVE, and Holly Ridge cops ‘raid’ gym? [Free]

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On this episode, bars and gyms get left behind by Governor Roy Cooper’s ‘more cautious’ Phase 2, WAVE Transit gets bad news from Leland and Brunswick County, and a Holly Ridge gym owner claims the local police went too far in trying to enforce state regulations. We start with Phase 2. For some, this is […]

Podcast May 20 – Phase 2 questions, Covid-19 drones, and Wilmington gun violence [Free listen]

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On this episode, we tackle uncertainties about Governor Roy Cooper’s second reopening phase — what will Phase 2 mean for bars, restaurants, hair salons, and other businesses? We discuss what we know so far about the likelihood of moving into Phase 2 on Friday, and what restaurants and bars will look like when they open. […]

New Hanover County proposes new budget with no tax increase despite $9 million in Covid-19-related shortfalls

Editor’s note: This article is a collaboration between WHQR and Port City Daily. You can find the WHQR version and more local reporting from public radio here. WILMINGTON — New Hanover County officials presented the proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st at a meeting Monday morning.   With the unprecedented impact of the […]

Podcast May 16 – The complicated Pender county story, and a press conference with no press [Listen free]

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On this episode, we dig deeper into the story of how a group of armed white men ended up on the front steps of a black family’s house in a Rocky Point neighborhood. The incident went viral, and appeared in national headlines as a racist mob and, in one telling, an attempt at a ‘modern-day’ […]

Podcast May 13 – Let’s talk about Wilmington shootings, plus Pender update [Listen free]

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On this episode, we’re taking a look at two recent shootings in Wilmington — and some of the bigger issues that lurk behind them. A high-profile shooting on Mother’s Day certainly got people’s attention: a roving gun battle, one dead, and three teenagers arrested. An out of control vehicle flying down a busy road at […]

Podcast May 9 – Questions galore: Vigilante mob, missing Wilmington women, public records law [Free listen]

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We start this episode with a disturbing story out of Pender County: late on a Sunday evening, a young black man opens his front door to find a mob of armed white men, including a New Hanover Sherriff’s deputy. They’re looking for a missing girl and her boyfriend — but they have the wrong house. […]
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Atlantic Hurricane Season starts in June, here’s what to expect

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SOUTHEAST N.C. — The official start to the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season is June 1 and it appears that this year has no intention of letting up as forecasters are predicting a higher-than-average number of storms this season. Each year several different forecasters including The Weather Company, Colorado State University, and Tropical Storm Risk (based […]

Special Covid-19 Podcast: What Phase 1 means and how we got there [Listen free]

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We start this episode with a look at what it actually means to enter the first of three phases laid out by Governor Roy Cooper’s office over the last few weeks. Local Voice Media · Special Covid-19 Podcast: What Phase 1 means and how we got there For many, things will remain the same — […]