ENC Regional News http://publicradioeast.org en Substandard bridges remain numerous in NC http://publicradioeast.org/post/substandard-bridges-remain-numerous-nc <p></p><p>INTRO – AAA Carolinas says the state has over 5100 bridges considered substandard. George Olsen has more.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:06:30 +0000 George Olsen 46735 at http://publicradioeast.org Mining and Energy Commission Holding Fracking Hearings http://publicradioeast.org/post/mining-and-energy-commission-holding-fracking-hearings <p><strong>North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission will accept public comments on its proposed oil and gas development regulations. Lee Jenkins reports.</strong></p><p>The regulations were drafted in response to the Energy Modernization Act, which legalized fracking. The Commission is currently allowing citizens to offer suggestions and feedback to the proposed rules via written and oral comments. While the commission will examine all comments, it will more heavily consider suggestions with a strong factual basis. Commissioner Jim Womack:</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:02:31 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 46529 at http://publicradioeast.org City of Washington Recieves Grant for Historic District http://publicradioeast.org/post/city-washington-recieves-grant-historic-district <p>The City of Washington will soon resurvey its Historic District using grant money from the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund.&nbsp; The grant amounts to 11,000 dollars, and the District is one of the largest of its kind in the state. According to Washington’s Community Development Planner Jennifer Brenan, the survey may take up to a year to complete.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:57:58 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 46528 at http://publicradioeast.org Morehead City Hosts Coastal Plain All-Star Game http://publicradioeast.org/post/morehead-city-hosts-coastal-plain-all-star-game-0 <p><strong>The Coastal Plain Baseball League is holding its All-Star game tonight, and Governor Pat McCrory plans to attend. Lee Jenkins Reports.</strong></p><p>The game starts at seven in Big Rock Stadium. The top players from all of the league’s teams will be participating. Morehead City city manager David Whitlow states that, while he’s unsure as to why Governor McCrory’s attending, he’s certainly glad to have him at the game.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:20:15 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 46332 at http://publicradioeast.org Ocracoke still cleaning up after Arthur http://publicradioeast.org/post/ocracoke-still-cleaning-after-arthur <p>Hyde County experienced minor flooding, storm surge, and widespread property debris on the north end of Ocracoke Island.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The high winds knocked down 30 power poles on Ocracoke.&nbsp; Electricity was restored around 10 pm Saturday.&nbsp; Emergency Services Director Justin Gibbs says the major impact came from&nbsp;wind damage.&nbsp; “<em>they’re working on obtaining some additional resources to assist with debris cleanup.&nbsp; I think they’re looking at getting an additional chipper and an additional dump truck to go over to Ocracoke to try to expedite the process.” </em>Gi Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:29:24 +0000 Kelly Batchelor 45933 at http://publicradioeast.org Pitt County Appoints New Director Of Social Services http://publicradioeast.org/post/pitt-county-appoints-new-director-social-services <p>After six months of searching, Pitt County has appointed a new Director of Social Services. Lee Jenkins reports.</p><p>As of Monday, Jan Elliot has replaced Interim Director Earl Marett as head of the Department. Elliot’s first goal as Director is to acquaint herself with the workings and workers of Pitt County’s DSS and to continue to tweak and fine tune some of the projects started by her predecessors.</p><p><em>“There were some issues with the computer system that the state had, with making sure that applications and reviews were done timely, the NC Fast system.”</em></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:47:20 +0000 Lee Jenkins 45853 at http://publicradioeast.org Grants for two businesses in ENC http://publicradioeast.org/post/grants-two-businesses-enc <p>Grants are being awarded to two businesses in the East to help spur economic growth and help the environment<strong>.&nbsp; </strong>Before June 30<sup>th</sup>, the Recycling Business Assistance Center will award $800,000 in matching grants to 32 companies throughout the state.&nbsp; According to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the grants will help generate more than 80 jobs and $1.6 million dollars in new business investments.&nbsp; Companies that receive grant money must match at least 50 percent of their award.&nbsp; New East Recy Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:33:46 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 44842 at http://publicradioeast.org Park Service seeks comment on off road vehicles http://publicradioeast.org/post/park-service-seeks-comment-road-vehicles <p>Public input is being sought as the National Park Service develops guidelines for off road vehicle use at Cape Lookout.&nbsp;The off road vehicle management plan seeks to evaluate whether or not to allow off road vehicles.&nbsp;&nbsp;Three statewide public meetings have already taken place and the comment period for the draft Off Road Vehicle Plan remains open through Monday, July 21st.&nbsp;&nbsp;Cape Lookout National Seashore Park Superintendent Pat Kenney says&nbsp;off road vehicle use must be regulated to minimize impact to coastal wildlife and habitat, and visitors to the park.&nbsp;</ Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:24:15 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 44831 at http://publicradioeast.org Sea Turtles released back to the wild http://publicradioeast.org/post/sea-turtles-released-back-wild <p>The Institute of Marine Scientists released a handful recuperated sea turtles this/yesterday morning.</p><p>A team of coastal scientists carried seven sea turtles out to the Gulf Stream, about fifteen miles offshore. Marine Biologist Matthew Godfrey says the Pine Knoll shores Aquarium will be monitoring some of the turtles for the next few months.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:37:51 +0000 Lee Jenkins 44265 at http://publicradioeast.org Duke Energy is urged to close more than 100 North Carolina coal ash dumps http://publicradioeast.org/post/duke-energy-urged-close-more-100-north-carolina-coal-ash-dumps <p>Proposed Senate legislation may require Duke Energy to excavate and reseal all of its coal ash basins in the state. In the wake of a breach that contaminated a 70-mile stretch of the Dan River, a handful of key legislators have drafted a bill that would mandate the closing of more than one-hundred ash dumps. About a dozen of the sites lie near power plants in Goldsboro and Wilmington. Currently, the bill also requires the toxic ash be re-buried in sealed landfills within the next fifteen years. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:20:46 +0000 Lee Jeninks 44168 at http://publicradioeast.org N.C. Division of Commerce reports a statewide decline in unemployment http://publicradioeast.org/post/nc-division-commerce-reports-statewide-decline-unemployment <p>Unemployment rates across virtually all of North Carolina have decreased. In Eastern North Carolina, Carteret County experienced one of the sharpest declines, dropping from 6.6% to 5.6%. According to Division of Commerce public information manager Larry Parker, seasonal employment cycles are partially responsible for the decline in the East.</p><p><em>“Hiring is starting to happen for certainly the coastal counties, and it’s that time of the year where students leave school and start looking for that summer work.”</em></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:54:32 +0000 Lee Jenkins 44080 at http://publicradioeast.org Greenville and Wilson get twin grants from the E.P.A. http://publicradioeast.org/post/greenville-and-wilson-get-twin-grants-epa <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>The cities of Wilson and Greenville recently received twin grants from the Environmental Protection Agency totaling 1,000,000 dollars. Lee Jenkins has more.</strong></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:46:20 +0000 Lee Jenkins 44073 at http://publicradioeast.org Increased highway traffic expected this Memorial Day http://publicradioeast.org/post/increased-highway-traffic-expected-memorial-day <p></p><p>INTRO – If you’re traveling by road this Memorial Day weekend, you’ll probably have more company than last year. George Olsen has more.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 10:09:00 +0000 George Olsen 41941 at http://publicradioeast.org Archaeology teams again schedule search for CSS Neuse remnants http://publicradioeast.org/post/archaeology-teams-again-schedule-search-css-neuse-remnants <p></p><p>INTRO – The State Underwater Archeology Team will again try to get on the Neuse River in Kinston Tuesday (May 13)&nbsp; to search for remnants of the CSS Neuse. George Olsen has more.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 10:09:00 +0000 George Olsen 41012 at http://publicradioeast.org Plans to shut children's development offices in ENC in doubt http://publicradioeast.org/post/plans-shut-childrens-development-offices-enc-doubt <p></p><p>A plan to cut $10 million next fiscal year from a program serving disabled babies and toddlers is now in doubt. George Olsen has more.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:09:00 +0000 George Olsen 40169 at http://publicradioeast.org Easter gas prices lower in 2014 than one year ago http://publicradioeast.org/post/easter-gas-prices-lower-2014-one-year-ago <p></p><p>Your Easter travel this year will likely be a bit cheaper than last year though far more expensive than any Christmas travel you took. George Olsen has more.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:09:00 +0000 George Olsen 39046 at http://publicradioeast.org Gas prices hit 7-month high http://publicradioeast.org/post/gas-prices-hit-7-month-high <p></p><p>AAA Carolinas is reporting a big spike in gas prices for North Carolina motorists over the past month. George Olsen has more.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:09:00 +0000 George Olsen 38427 at http://publicradioeast.org Eight Homes Damaged In Beaufort County EF2 Tornado http://publicradioeast.org/post/eight-homes-damaged-beaufort-county-ef2-tornado <p>Officials from the National Weather Service are surveying damage today in Beaufort and Hyde counties to determine the strength of yesterday’s tornado that severely damaged eight homes and hospitalized five people.&nbsp; Jared Brumbaugh has more.</p><p>The hardest hit of yesterday’s storm, around the town of Belhaven on Beech Ridge Road. John Pack is Director of Beaufort County Emergency Services.&nbsp;</p><p><em>“we think there were the possibly of two tornadoes.&nbsp; One may have not touched the ground, the other one definitely did.”</em></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:39:14 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 38394 at http://publicradioeast.org Dropout rate at public schools hits record low http://publicradioeast.org/post/dropout-rate-public-schools-hits-record-low <p>INTRO – The dropout rate for state public schools is at a record low. George Olsen has more.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:06:30 +0000 George Olsen 37926 at http://publicradioeast.org Archeology Team to search for CSS Neuse remnants http://publicradioeast.org/post/archeology-team-search-css-neuse-remnants <p>UPDATE April 15 -- The state Department of Cultural Resources reports the CSS Neuse archeology dive is off indefinitely</p><p>UPDATE March 13 -- The Friday, March 14 search has been postponed because of high water conditions on the Neuse. There is no firm date for rescheduling other than the search should take place in the next 30 days.</p><p>INTRO – The State Underwater Archeology Team will be on the Neuse River in Kinston Monday searching for remnants of the CSS Neuse. George Olsen has more.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:09:30 +0000 George Olsen 35836 at http://publicradioeast.org