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U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson speaks at an early morning campaign event with Lindsey Graham on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 in Lexington, South Carolina. (Tracy Glantz/The State/TNS)
Everything you need to know about North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race
Kiley Woods and Brenna Flanagan January 25, 2022
There is a lot of uneasiness in anticipation of this year’s midterm elections. One of the key races to determine the makeup of the nation’s Senate will be right here in North Carolina. Senator Richard Burr is not running for reelection, which leaves an empty seat that many North Carolina Republicans and Democrats are fighting to fill. Since the Senate is split 50-50 between both parties (two Independents caucusing with Democrats), every seat counts in this election. Without a clear predecessor to Burr, North Carolina might become a pivotal state in November’s vote.
The bridge in the distance on the Cape Fear river.
After 40 years of contamination, lawsuit to save the Cape Fear?
Kiley Woods, Staff Writer • December 15, 2021
The deal reached between Cape Fear River Watch, The Department of Environmental Quality and Chemours was finalized in 2020. The plan was written by The Chemours Company and was edited and revised to take immediate and sustainable action against contamination. The deal addressed the contamination of the river and Chemours responsibility for contaminating the groundwater. The plan will outline specific goals and deadlines for Chemours to install additional filtration systems and treat the groundwater and surface water in order to eventually remove 99% of PFAS.
The riverwalk in Wilmington N.C.
Funding for the Wilmington film workforce initiative will spark growth for the industry
Boyce Rucker, Intern • October 23, 2021
Wilmington is ripe with countless opportunities at the moment for film studies students and graduates to become involved with the town’s productions. North Carolina is on track to exceed a $400 million production value in what many people are considering to be one of the state's most successful years for film in quite some time.
Students head to class.
BOG discusses COVID-19 and budget effects on UNC students
Chamiya Campbell, News Editor • September 23, 2021
On Sept. 15 and 16, the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina school systems met to discuss COVID-19 protocols and their effects on budgets. Key points of focus from the meeting were the continuation of lessening COVID-19 restrictions, as well as a potential budget increase that will be discussed and voted on Nov. 17 and 18. Both topics will have immense effects on students of UNC institutions.
A closeup of a gavel in court.
Criminal Justice Reform Bill looks to hold those in law enforcement accountable
Grace Hall, Contributing Writer • September 12, 2021
For those victims of police violence, Senate Bill 300 seems to be the light at the end of a tunnel. Finally, action is backing words, and seems to herald a new age in which law enforcement officers will be held to a higher standard, and more importantly, will be held accountable for their actions. While many in the police force aim to protect the American people at any cost, for those that go overboard and begin resorting to violence, it could be their new reckoning.
North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn and Indiana Rep. Jim Banks chat before former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo introduces the Maximum Pressure Act against Iran on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
OPINION: Madison Cawthorn should be doing more to help the disabled community
Michael Friant, Contributing Writer • August 5, 2021
Cawthorn should be using his platform to amplify that people with disabilities are in fact normal. He could do this in a variety of ways. First, he could talk about his own experiences as a person with a wheelchair. Undoubtedly, he has had these experiences and they have played a huge role in his life. Second, he could start weekly conversations with other people with disabilities in North Carolina which would not only amplify the disability community but also enlighten him as a representative of the people.
Democratic candidate Jeff Jackson is running for U.S. Senate.
Here are North Carolina's candidates running for the Senate in 2022
Brenna Flanagan , Editor-in-Chief • July 15, 2021

Since incumbent Senator Richard Burr announced he would not seek re-election in 2022, many North Carolinians have expressed interest...

The Emmett Till statue is seen through protesters at the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina demonstrating their anger over racial injustice on June 5, 2020.
Critical race theory and how it is affecting Wilmington
Andrew Lemon and Brenna Flanagan July 11, 2021

Over the past year, a new term has entered the political lexicon in the United States. Critical race theory, an theory in legal academia analyzing...

An offshore wind farm.
Wilmington could see more offshore wind farms after recent executive order
Andrew Lemon, Interim News Editor • June 10, 2021
The order lays out targets for electricity production through offshore wind farms, calling for 2.8 gigawatts of offshore wind energy (approximately enough to power 2 million homes for a year) produced yearly by 2030, rising to eight gigawatts by 2040.
The Apple logo on a store in New York.
How will Apple’s North Carolina campus impact Wilmington?
Andrew Lemon, Interim News Editor • May 17, 2021

Near the end of April, it was announced that Apple will begin construction of a campus located on the Raleigh side of Research Triangle Park....

A look across the UNCW pond.
Governor Cooper lifts mandates capacity limits, physical distancing and mask wearing
Andrew Lemon, Interim News Editor • May 14, 2021

Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Friday that North Carolina is lifting coronavirus (COVID-19) mandates on capacity limitations, physical distancing...

The fountain in downtown Wilmington.
Wilmington City Council gives more time for redesign of WAVE Transit, anticipates great year for film production
Veronica Wernicke, News Editor • May 7, 2021

During this week's City Council meeting, members passed a resolution recommending the delay of the WAVE transportation redesign, and heard updates...

The North Carolina State Capitol Building in Raleigh, North Carolina.
North Carolina bill targets trans youth in sports
Andrew Lemon, Assistant News Editor • May 6, 2021

House Bill 358, also called the “Save Women’s Sports Act,” which is making its way through the North Carolina House of Representatives,...

The North Carolina State Capitol Building in Raleigh, North Carolina.
North Carolina gains one new house seat
Veronica Wernicke, News Editor • May 6, 2021
This additional seat will bring the total of North Carolina’s congressional districts to 14. Currently, North Carolina's representation in the House is held by eight Republicans and five Democrats. As of yet, there is not any indication on where the 14th district will be located, and that will be determined once the state legislature redraws the district lines.
Cooper lifts outdoor mask requirements
Cooper lifts outdoor mask requirements
Veronica Wernicke, News Editor • April 29, 2021
During a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Roy Cooper outlined the states latest coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and plans for the summer. The ease of current restrictions are set to start on April 30 at 5 p.m., and expire on June 1. 

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