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Podcast February 8 – We need to talk about Markley (but also Wave, water, and more)

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The big news this week was the departure of Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley from the New Hanover County School district. Officially, Markley and the Board of Education reached a mutual separation agreement, with the board paying around $226,000 in order to end Markley’s contract early and avoiding a wrongful termination or breach of contract suit […]

Podcast Feb. 1 – Galleria land deal, DEQ budget cuts, Freeman Park

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We kick off this week with a look back at a 2014 land swap that saw the former Galleria mall property change hands from Wrightsville Beach to Wilmington. Why now? Well, the swap has actually been profitable for both municipalities for years — but this year, unless the Galleria project makes serious headway, the city […]

Podcast Jan. 25 – Paying for affordable housing? Plus, yes, seclusion rooms are real

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We start this week in the exciting world of housing bonds. No — wait! — it’s important. We promise. Housing bonds could allow the city to tackle the affordable housing crisis by subsidizing non-profits, incentivizing private developers, or funding upkeep and repair of low-income homes. You could say it would allow the city to put […]

Podcast Jan. 18 – Wrightsville Beach, potential water supply crisis, and red-light cameras

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We start this week in Wrightsville Beach, where the Board of Adjustment is made up of the same elected officials on the town’s Board of Alderman. If that sounds like a mouthful of bureaucratic jargon, it’s understandable. But it’s also important. Here’s why: the adjustment board is designed to provide oversight for decisions made by […]

Podcast Jan. 11 – Let’s talk about expensive Wilmington projects, real and ‘theoretical’

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We kick off this week talking about River Place, the city’s public-private mixed-use project in downtown Wilmington. The taxpayer-funded part of the project consists of 168 parking spots. The average cost of building a parking deck with that number of spots would be between $3 million and $5 million — so how did it end […]

Podcast Jan. 4 – Unanswered 2019 questions; new 2020 questions

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This week, we tackle some of the questions we didn’t get answered in 2019 — although a few governments managed to get in requested documents right before the buzzer (quite literally on New Year’s Eve). We’ll discuss what we’re missing, and why it matters. We’ll also get into some of the questions we did get […]

Podcast Dec. 28 – ‘Mailbag Episode,’ reader questions and comments

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As the year draws to a close, we’ve received a host of emails, Facebook messages, phone calls, and the occasional hand-delivered letter from readers — these include questions, comments on (and, yes, criticism of) our coverage and ideas for investigative stories for the new year.

Podcast Dec. 20 – Towing tensions, crime update, and Wrightsville’s war on unwanted businesses

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We start this week with a strange story: at least two dozen vehicles towed from a few blocks in downtown Wilmington. Adding insult to injury, multiple residents were overcharged, as tow companies exceeded the city’s legal limit for towing fees. The city acknowledged the wrong protocol was used to initiate the towings, but claims the […]

Podcast December 14 – NCDOT woes, voting machines, Carolina Beach

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We start this week with roadwork frustrations in the Ogden area — specifically the closure of Torchwood Boulevard. The project started over the summer and was initially slated for completion before school started in August. That didn’t happen. Nor did the revised December completion date. So, what’s going on? Next up, we look at potential […]