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Archive for April, 2014

Redevelopment of Water St. deck crawls along

Monday, April 28th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After nearly half a century, the Water Street Parking Deck in downtown Wilmington needs an upgrade, and soon, but plans to remove the deck and redevelop the land are slow moving.

Today Wilmington City Council members met again to try to get closer to a decision.

A survey of city council shows most council members want to reopen Chestnut Street, which runs next to and into the deck, between Front and Water streets for pedestrians and cars. Council members could not come to a consensus, though, on how the road will work.

Another hotly debated topic at today’s work session was public parking.

“It isn’t necessary to provide all the parking in one place,” Councilwoman Laura Padgett said.

But most members agreed 325 public parking spaces would be sufficient

When it came to size of the project, one council member stood out from the others. Padgett says she has different goals.

“A scaled down project that provides significant public access,” Padgett said she wants. “A place, not just for people to walk through as the public space, but a place to actually be on the river.”

But scaling down the project means hiking up the price.

“If you bring the scale down, then you’re going to bring up the public investment, so it’s all trade-offs,” Councilman Neil Anderson said.

Even though the meeting ran longer than expected, hardly any decisions were made.

“I’ve learned that these are brain-storming sessions, and you try to build some consensus, and that’s been done, but I wouldn’t call it a decision until we get an actual proposal,” Anderson said.

A city spokesman says next week council will discuss having an outside consultant craft a request for proposals for the project.


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Study: Clinical trials have benefits for patients, economy

Monday, April 28th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While Wilmington usually receives attention for the area’s beaches, clinical trial research is also getting the region attention.

Today biopharmaceutical research companies touted the impact of trials on the economy. The companies have done nearly 500 clinical trials in the region since 1999. Many of them focus on things like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

“We want this report to serve to help patients be well informed,” Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of American (PhRMA) Senior Director of Communications Kaeln Hollon said. “We want them to know all the concerns that they should bring up to their doctor, questions that they might want to ask, and to know what’s out there, what’s going on in your community and what medicines are being made.”

A new study PhRMA released today claims trials support nearly a quarter million jobs in the state and more than $50 billion in statewide economic activity.

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NWS: Severe T’storm Warning issued for NE Bladen County

Monday, April 28th, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for northeastern Bladen County (near and northeast of White Lake) until 6:30 p.m.

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UPDATE: UNCW chancellor makes cut in Youngstown State search, also up for job in NY

Monday, April 28th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW’s chancellor is one step closer to a new job.

Youngstown State in Ohio announced today Gary Miller is one of three finalists for its presidency. Miller was one of six candidates scheduled to interview over the weekend for that job. The other finalists include Mary Cullinan, president at Southern Oregon University, and former Youngstown State and Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, who is now executive vice president for Student Success at the University of Akron.

Miller will also visit a New York university’s campus tomorrow to interview for its top job.

The Buffalo News reports Miller is scheduled to be introduced to the Buffalo State campus community tomorrow during a series of meetings, as well as an open forum on campus. Miller is the second of five finalists the school has announced, the newspaper reporter.

Miller came to UNCW in the summer of 2011. He replaced Rosemary DePaolo, who retired.

“Chancellor Miller has been invited to explore other presidential opportunities in higher education,” UNCW spokeswoman Janine Iammuno said in a statement Saturday. “The chancellor and Mrs. Miller continue to be dedicated to UNCW and this community, and respectfully request that this development not interfere with the celebration of our students’ upcoming commencement ceremonies or the important endeavors of our faculty and staff.”


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BREAKING: Holly Ridge man killed in construction accident in Surf City

Monday, April 28th, 2014

According to the Surf City Police Department, a Holly Ridge man was killed during a construction accident in Surf City.

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