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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Growing up during the Civil War in Wilmington wasn’t easy, especially for African Americans.

One man grew up to lead a university that is now a big part of North Carolina.

James Dudley was born into slavery in Wilmington in 1859. He grew up in the household of Edward Dudley, who was governor of the state in the 1830s. His childhood was marked by the Civil War and great change, but as the dust settled James began to go to school.

He attended a local missionary school, then shipped out to Philadelphia, and came back to Raleigh to Shaw University. After graduating he began what would become a long career in education.

He started as a classroom teacher, then served as principal of the peabody school for 15 years. During that time, a new college was in its infancy across the state. North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, it was called. Founded in Greensboro in 1891, the school was established exclusively for blacks. Dudley was appointed to the board of trustees in 1895, and in just one year became the school’s second president.

Through much hard work, he brought great change. In his 29-year tenure the student body grew from just 58 students to 500. The value of the school grew from $50,000 to $1 million.

Today, NC A&T is home to more than 9,000 undergrads of all races and boasts notable alumni, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

James Dudley passed quietly at his home in 1925 at the age of 65.

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Sewage spill spews 442,000 gallons of wastewater

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

The sewer overflow began at 3:15 p.m. at the Hewletts Creek pump station

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Lt. Gov. Forest talks about big issues from legislative session

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Lt. Gov. Dan Forest stopped by our studios this afternoon ahead of a town hall meeting he’s hosting tonight in Wilmington.

From abortion regulation to voter ID, we asked the lieutenant governor about controversial issues.

Forest says he does not expect there will be any negative impacts on the state’s voting process if Gov. Pat McCrory signs a bill that would put restrictions on who can vote and cut early voting by seven days.

He also addressed the abortion bill McCrory signed into law yesterday. The new law requires the same standards for abortion clinics as those for outpatient surgical centers.

“I think the law is doing what it says it’s supposed to do,” Forest said. “It’s protecting women and women’s healthcare issues. It’s saying this is a surgical procedure, and any surgical procedure that goes on in our state should live up to ambulatory care facility standards.”

Forest says the Department of Health and Human Services will write the new standards.

If you’d like to ask your own questions of the state’s second-highest ranking official, he’s hosting a town hall meeting at the New Hanover County Government Center starting at 6 p.m.

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Suspects accused of running illegal sweepstakes parlor

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Two suspects were arrested and charged Tuesday, accused of running an illegal sweepstakes parlor, according to a spokesperson for the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.

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New Hanover gets green light to thin bird flocks at landfill

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

The county now uses a half-and-half system to rid the landfill of the birds.

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