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Archive for September, 2013

Wilmington to consider ban of gang members in parks

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The council meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in city hall at 102 N. Third St.

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Beautiful weather greets performers at West Craven High School Band Classic

Monday, September 30th, 2013

“This is the first one we’ve held outside in three years because of rain,” said Lisha Farr, band booster president.

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UPDATE: Wilmington home catches fire second time in two days

Monday, September 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Firefighters say a Wilmington home that was damaged by flames early Sunday caught fire again early this morning.

Crews say the home at 410 North 13th street was fully engulfed when crews arrived Sunday, and although the scene Monday morning was very similar, they do not believe the fire reignited because of smoldering flames.

Firefighters say the home was a foreclosure, so no one was home at the time of the fire, but neighbors were evacuated Sunday as a precaution.

On Sunday, they said the damages to the home total around $25,000 and by Monday the damages may be closer to $50,000 because the flames went through the roof during the second fire.

Neighbors say they woke up to the sound of sirens and the smell of smoke, but no other homes nearby were damaged. There’s no word yet on what caused the two fires, or if they were related, but crews continue investigating.


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Wilmington OKs plan to upgrade empty lot downtown

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Wilmington architect John Sawyer presented an overview of planned improvements.

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WWAY’s owner offers DISH Network extension as negotiations continue

Monday, September 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The carriage agreement between Morris Network, Inc., which owns and operates television stations in six Southern television markets, including WWAY NewsChannel 3, and DISH Network, LLC expires tonight at midnight. Morris Network has offered DISH a short-term extension, until Friday for continued carriage of the stations as the parties continue to negotiate a new, longer-term agreement.

DISH publicly claimed on last week that Morris Network had rejected an extension offer by DISH. The claim is not true; DISH never made such an offer, or even a request for an extension. Nevertheless, as a sign of good faith, Morris Network has unilaterally offered DISH an extension to allow additional time for negotiation.

Morris Network first attempted to engage DISH in renewal discussions in early August. DISH has virtually ignored Morris Network’s attempts to negotiate.

Morris Network is only seeking market-based compensation for carriage of its six television stations consistent with recent agreements Morris Network has struck with its cable partners. Unlike those cable partners, however, DISH is refusing to pay market-based rates or to provide its subscribers with the stations’ CW and MyNetwork channels in all five of the television markets in which Morris Network’s stations are affiliated with these networks.

Morris Network has successfully negotiated hundreds of agreements over the years with its various video distribution partners and has never had an impasse resulting in a disruption of service. DISH, in contrast, has had at least 28 service disruptions with broadcasters in the past three years alone.

“DISH is a $14 billion a year company. It is unfortunate that DISH is threatening to black out our stations and deprive its subscribers of these valued local stations when the difference in a market-based rate and what DISH has offered to pay is less than a penny a day per subscriber,” said H. Dean Hinson, President of Morris Network.

Stations affected by a potential disruption in service are

WCBI-TV (CBS, ch. 4), Columbus, MS
WDEF-TV (CBS, ch. 12), Chattanooga, TN
WMGT-TV (NBC, ch. 41), Macon, GA
WTVQ (ABC, ch. 36), Lexington, KY
WWAY-TV (ABC, ch. 3), Wilmington
WXXV-TV (Fox, ch. 25) and WXXV-DT2 (NBC, ch. 6), Gulfport, MS

If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, all of the stations will continue to be available over the air to viewers for free, as well as available on local cable systems and on DirecTV.


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