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UNCW students host run to the polls

October 31st, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was literally a race to the polls. UNCW Students and Wilmington residents walked, ran and biked to make their early vote count in the first ever ‘Run to the Polls’ race.

‘Run to the Polls’ was a project put on by UNCW’s Election Campaign Communication Class. UNCW Professor Jennifer Brubaker says organizing the event has given students hands-on experience with campaign management.

“Our goal is to mobilize student voters. Trying to get them excited, get them interested and get them out to vote.” She said. “But then also to make them informed voters. So that they are not just going out and voting, that they are actually knowing what they’re voting for.”

Brubaker said she was extremely pleased with the turn out and hopes to see the event grow in the future. Local candidates and Mayor Bill Saffo showed up to support the cause and congratulate the students on their participation.

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Seamen’s Center honors 10 longtime volunteers

October 31st, 2014

They were recognized at a banquet for a total of more than 280 years of service.

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How local leaders are working together to end poverty, homelessness

October 31st, 2014

Thousands of people in the southeastern North Carolina community are affected by poverty and homelessness. Now, leaders in Brunswick County are looking to do something to change the frightening trend. 

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Coast Guard Cutter Diligence back home in Wilmington

October 31st, 2014

The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to port in the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington.The US Coast Guard vessel had been out on the seas for the past 45 days supporting Operation Southeast Watch in the Windward Pass between Cuba and Haiti.Under Operation Southeast Watch, the Coast Guard works alongside interagency and international partners to prevent and respond to illegal maritime migration in the Caribbean Sea and Florida Straits.Copyright 2014 WECT. All rights reserved.

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Spending, mudslinging up in US Senate race

October 31st, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s the most expensive race in US Senate history the airwaves have been flooded with mudslinging from both sides. Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan are battling it out in the Tarheel State for your vote.

Thursday Speaker Tillis and Senator Hagan both campaigned in Wilmington and both stuck to their traditional stump speeches.

Tillis criticizing Hagan for her ties to President Obama. Hagan hitting Tillis on his record in Raleigh.

Tillis didn’t want to talk to reporters but Hagan did. We asked questions though about the campaigns negative turn to both of them.

“Actually our race is getting pretty positive I’ll let the other side speak for themselves,” Tillis said.

“The fact that Charles and David Koch have attacked me over and over and over again for Thom Tillis is wrong,” said Hagan.

Between the two campaigns, and outside groups, more than $100-million has been spent on this race.

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