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  • Lt. Governor: 'The ball was dropped' on federal hurricane relief

    Lt. Governor: 'The ball was dropped' on federal hurricane relief

    Thursday, July 26 2018 7:01 PM EDT2018-07-26 23:01:51 GMT

    During a stop in Columbus County not far from Fair Bluff — one of the communities hardest hit by the October 2016 storm — Forest was asked about the delay in the state dispersing federal money designed to help Hurricane Matthew victims. 

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    During a stop in Columbus County not far from Fair Bluff — one of the communities hardest hit by the October 2016 storm — Forest was asked about the delay in the state dispersing federal money designed to help Hurricane Matthew victims. 

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  • Disaster relief committee to meet over funds for Hurricane Matthew victims

    Disaster relief committee to meet over funds for Hurricane Matthew victims

    Monday, July 23 2018 6:01 PM EDT2018-07-23 22:01:18 GMT
    House Speaker Tim Moore has reauthorized a committee to meet regarding funds earmarked to help victims of Hurricane Matthew in areas like Fair Bluff in Columbus County. (Source: WECT)House Speaker Tim Moore has reauthorized a committee to meet regarding funds earmarked to help victims of Hurricane Matthew in areas like Fair Bluff in Columbus County. (Source: WECT)

    North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) has reauthorized the state House Select Committee on Disaster Relief to address funding earmarked to help the victims of Hurricane Matthew. Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus) is a co-chair of the committee and represents Fair Bluff, one of the areas hardest hit by the October 2016 storm. 

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    North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) has reauthorized the state House Select Committee on Disaster Relief to address funding earmarked to help the victims of Hurricane Matthew. Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus) is a co-chair of the committee and represents Fair Bluff, one of the areas hardest hit by the October 2016 storm. 

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  • NHC commissioner: Charlotte shows 'wisdom and inclusion' in RNC decision

    NHC commissioner: Charlotte shows 'wisdom and inclusion' in RNC decision

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:36 PM EDT2018-07-21 02:36:51 GMT
    Skip Watkins was in the WECT Digital Studio on Friday to talk about Charlotte hosting the 2020 Republican National Convention. (Source: WECT)Skip Watkins was in the WECT Digital Studio on Friday to talk about Charlotte hosting the 2020 Republican National Convention. (Source: WECT)
    Skip Watkins was in the WECT Digital Studio on Friday to talk about Charlotte hosting the 2020 Republican National Convention. (Source: WECT)Skip Watkins was in the WECT Digital Studio on Friday to talk about Charlotte hosting the 2020 Republican National Convention. (Source: WECT)

    Hours after the Republican National Committee unanimously voted to make Charlotte the host city for the 2020 Republican National Convention, New Hanover County Commissioner Skip Watkins said he was happy to hear the news.

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    Hours after the Republican National Committee unanimously voted to make Charlotte the host city for the 2020 Republican National Convention, New Hanover County Commissioner Skip Watkins said he was happy to hear the news.

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  • Most area judges to run unopposed in November

    Most area judges to run unopposed in November

    Jun 29, 2018 02:08 PM2018-07-06 18:19:21 GMT
    The filing period has ended for judicial candidates across North Carolina.The filing period has ended for judicial candidates across North Carolina.

    Nearly all Superior and District Court Judges from counties in southeastern North Carolina are running for re-election in 2018. The filing period for judicial offices ended Friday at Noon, with only one current member of the local bench not on the ballot for the November General Election.

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    Nearly all Superior and District Court Judges from counties in southeastern North Carolina are running for re-election in 2018. The filing period for judicial offices ended Friday at Noon, with only one current member of the local bench not on the ballot for the November General Election.

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  • Rep. Butler pushes for companion bill to ratify Equal Rights Amendment

    Rep. Butler pushes for companion bill to ratify Equal Rights Amendment

    Jun 27, 2018 08:06 PM2018-07-06 18:17:42 GMT
    Representative Deb Butler spoke Wednesday in Raleigh to member organizations of the Equal Rights Amendment Alliance. (Source: WECT)Representative Deb Butler spoke Wednesday in Raleigh to member organizations of the Equal Rights Amendment Alliance. (Source: WECT)

    Deb Butler was entering the fifth grade when the Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress in 1972. Forty-five years later, she's pushing to rewrite history while making history at the same time. 

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    Deb Butler was entering the fifth grade when the Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress in 1972. Forty-five years later, she's pushing to rewrite history while making history at the same time. 

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  • Judge Lewis to run for re-election as judicial filing period begins

    Judge Lewis to run for re-election as judicial filing period begins

    Jun 18, 2018 02:33 PM2018-07-06 18:14:00 GMT
    Even though she is undergoing treatments at the Mayo Clinic for liver cancer, Judge Ola Lewis plans to file Tuesday to run for re-election. (Source: WECT)Even though she is undergoing treatments at the Mayo Clinic for liver cancer, Judge Ola Lewis plans to file Tuesday to run for re-election. (Source: WECT)

    Judge Ola Lewis plans to file for re-election on Tuesday as the filing period for judicial candidates in North Carolina gets underway ahead of the 2018 General Election. Lewis, who is the senior resident superior court judge in the 13th district, has been undergoing treatment for liver cancer at the Mayo Clinic.

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    Judge Ola Lewis plans to file for re-election on Tuesday as the filing period for judicial candidates in North Carolina gets underway ahead of the 2018 General Election. Lewis, who is the senior resident superior court judge in the 13th district, has been undergoing treatment for liver cancer at the Mayo Clinic.

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  • UPDATE: Amended rape kits bill headed to governor's desk

    UPDATE: Amended rape kits bill headed to governor's desk

    Jun 14, 2018 09:45 PM2018-07-06 18:13:33 GMT
    The vast majority of rape kits collected from Wilmington victims in recent years were never tested. (Source: WECT)The vast majority of rape kits collected from Wilmington victims in recent years were never tested. (Source: WECT)

    A bill amended by the state Senate to address the backlog of untested rape kits sitting in evidence rooms across North Carolina is headed to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk for his signature.

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    A bill amended by the state Senate to address the backlog of untested rape kits sitting in evidence rooms across North Carolina is headed to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk for his signature.

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  • Azalea Festival bill clears NC House with new language

    Azalea Festival bill clears NC House with new language

    Jun 14, 2018 04:13 PM2018-07-06 18:12:57 GMT
    House lawmakers have approved a bill designating the Azalea Festival in Wilmington as the official azalea festival in the state of North Carolina. (Source: Azalea Festival/Facebook)House lawmakers have approved a bill designating the Azalea Festival in Wilmington as the official azalea festival in the state of North Carolina. (Source: Azalea Festival/Facebook)

    Lawmakers in Raleigh have changed the language inside a bill originally designed to proclaim the North Carolina Azalea Festival as the official celebration of spring in the state. An amendment approved Thursday included the substitution. The amended bill, which went on to pass by a vote of 104-1, now makes the “Azalea Festival in Wilmington the official azalea festival in the state of North Carolina”. 

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    Lawmakers in Raleigh have changed the language inside a bill originally designed to proclaim the North Carolina Azalea Festival as the official celebration of spring in the state. An amendment approved Thursday included the substitution. The amended bill, which went on to pass by a vote of 104-1, now makes the “Azalea Festival in Wilmington the official azalea festival in the state of North Carolina”. 

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  • Democrats upset over GOP moves for 2018 state budget plan

    Democrats upset over GOP moves for 2018 state budget plan

    May 29, 2018 02:26 PM2018-07-06 18:12:07 GMT
    Democrats in the NC General Assembly are upset over a move by GOP leaders to put the 2018 spending bill into a conference report. (Source: WECT)Democrats in the NC General Assembly are upset over a move by GOP leaders to put the 2018 spending bill into a conference report. (Source: WECT)

    Democrats in the General Assembly are upset over GOP leaders putting the 2018 budget proposal inside a conference report, cutting out any opportunity the opposing party members would have to offer amendments to the spending plan.  “The North Carolina GOP super-majority is invoking an unprecedented move to cut every democrat out of the budget process,” Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover) said in a video post on her Facebook page Tuesday morning. 

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    Democrats in the General Assembly are upset over GOP leaders putting the 2018 budget proposal inside a conference report, cutting out any opportunity the opposing party members would have to offer amendments to the spending plan.  “The North Carolina GOP super-majority is invoking an unprecedented move to cut every democrat out of the budget process,” Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover) said in a video post on her Facebook page Tuesday morning. 

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  • GOP leaders release details of 2018 state budget plan

    GOP leaders release details of 2018 state budget plan

    May 29, 2018 03:45 AM2018-07-06 18:11:52 GMT
    GOP leaders in the state house and senate released the details of the 2018 budget plan which will be introduced this week. (Source: WECT)GOP leaders in the state house and senate released the details of the 2018 budget plan which will be introduced this week. (Source: WECT)

    Republican leaders in the General Assembly released details of the compromise budget proposal that will be introduced this week in Raleigh.   In a news release, GOP leaders Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) say adjustments bring the budget to $23.917 billion, constituting an increase of almost four percent over the plan approved in 2017.   

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    Republican leaders in the General Assembly released details of the compromise budget proposal that will be introduced this week in Raleigh.   In a news release, GOP leaders Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) say adjustments bring the budget to $23.917 billion, constituting an increase of almost four percent over the plan approved in 2017.   

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  • Beach nourishment efforts get a boost in Congress

    Beach nourishment efforts get a boost in Congress

    May 23, 2018 07:36 PM2018-07-06 18:11:25 GMT
    The efforts to secure funding for future nourishment projects in Carolina Beach got an assist Wednesday by a committee in Congress. (Source: WECT)The efforts to secure funding for future nourishment projects in Carolina Beach got an assist Wednesday by a committee in Congress. (Source: WECT)

    Beach renourishment efforts in Carolina Beach got some help from Congress Wednesday when the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018.

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    Beach renourishment efforts in Carolina Beach got some help from Congress Wednesday when the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018.

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  • Rep. Jones frustrated at slow pace of relief for Hurricane Matthew victims

    Rep. Jones frustrated at slow pace of relief for Hurricane Matthew victims

    Apr 30, 2018 09:08 PM2018-07-06 18:11:00 GMT
    The community of Fair Bluff in Columbus County is one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. (Source: WECT)The community of Fair Bluff in Columbus County is one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. (Source: WECT)

    After walking out of a committee meeting Monday discussing funds for victims of Hurricane Matthew, Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus) says he did not get the answers to his questions. “To be honest with you, we saw a lot of pretty charts and a lot of pretty graphs, but we still have no answers,” Rep Jones said about the meeting of the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief. 

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    After walking out of a committee meeting Monday discussing funds for victims of Hurricane Matthew, Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus) says he did not get the answers to his questions. “To be honest with you, we saw a lot of pretty charts and a lot of pretty graphs, but we still have no answers,” Rep Jones said about the meeting of the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief. 

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