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Around the Region

Signal to Noise: The Wilmington International Airport is conducting its first-ever federally authorized noise study, Port City Daily reports, following complaints that decibel levels have increased.  

Left on Read: WHQR reports that the New Hanover County School Board voted 4-3 this week to conduct a public hearing about the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, following complaints from a parent who linked it to “socialistic principles, the fulfillment of communist goals” and “promoting divisive, anti-American sentiment.”

One Thing Florida Has Going For It: The StarNews brings us the story of a 100-year-old,10,000-square-foot boat that once housed a floating restaurant: The Fergus Ark. Once a Wilmington attraction, it has since retired to Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

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Across the State

An NBA Star’s Grief and an Ongoing Search for Justice 

Chris Paul’s new memoir talks about his grandfather’s brutal killing. But new evidence suggests the case against five teens wasn’t so straightforward.

A New Era In the War on Drugs 

North Carolina is getting $1.4 billion to fight the opioid epidemic, but there’s much debate over how to spend it.

The Race to Save Our Vanishing Birds

Behind the scenes with the conservationists trying to build public support for saving birds in North Carolina.

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