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11:59 am
Fri July 31, 2015

NC DENR Holds Water Quality Hearing

A public hearing on a proposed water quality permit for Duke Energy Progress' Sutton Energy Complex has been moved to August 6. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is collecting public comments on the draft modified wastewater and stormwater discharge permit for the electrical generating plant, located west of Wilmington. Modifications to the permit were prompted by DENR's reclassification of Sutton Lake from "treatment unit" to the "waters of the state."

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ENC Regional News
11:49 am
Fri July 31, 2015

New Bern Resurfaces Roads Across City

The City of New Bern has begun resurfacing roads across town. Lee Jenkins has more.

The city plans to resurface 14 roads over the course of the next 120 days. Currently, construction crews are working on Trent Road, 2nd Avenue, 3rd Street, and 5th street. After that crews will begin working in the Pembroke subdivision and the Sunnyside neighborhood. Crews will finish by resurfacing the road to Derby Park and parts of Elizabeth Avenue. Director of Public Works Matt Montaigne says the city will try to make the process as painless for commuters as possible.

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ENC Regional News
11:44 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Onslow County Enters Vector-Borne Disease Season

As summer continues, vector-borne diseases become more prevalent in Eastern NC. Lee Jenkins has more on Onslow County’s vector-borne disease season.

Long, hot days and summer showers provide the perfect breeding ground for ticks and mosquitoes, who in turn incubate diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and West Nile Virus. Several probable cases of these diseases and others, like Lyme Disease and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, were reported during the spring and summer in Onslow County.

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ENC Features
11:44 am
Fri July 31, 2015

How Water Quality Testing Protects ENC Beachgoers

Credit NCDENR

How safe is your beach?  We talk to the State Recreational Water Quality Program Manager about testing the water at more than 200 locations, from Corolla to Sunset Beach.

When it comes to a trip to the beach, there are hazards you are aware of.  Sunburn, getting caught in a rip current, stepping on a shell or piece of glass, or in very rare cases, being bitten by a shark.  But there’s also hazards you may not consider, such as water quality.  

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The Down East Journal
12:12 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

The Down East Journal 907/31/15)

  How safe is your beach?  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to the State Recreational Water Quality Program Manager about testing the water at more than 200 locations, from Corolla to Sunset Beach.  And why sometimes, they have to issue a swimming advisory.  Plus, we take an audio tour of a new exhibit in New Bern detailing the history of the Tuscarora Nation with 15 rare maps.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

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ENC Features
3:14 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Gallants Channel Bridge Construction Ahead Of Schedule

A rendering of the completed Gallants Channel bridge
Credit http://www.beaufortbridgefacts.org/

We hear an update on the construction of the high rise bridge from Morehead City to Beaufort.  

Communing between the coastal communities of Beaufort and Morehead City will be a lot less stressful once a new high rise bridge is operational over Gallants Channel.   The project, which has been in the works for 20 years, is well on its way to completion.

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ENC Regional News
8:53 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Public Meeting On Target Shooting In Croatan National Forest

There’s a public meeting on Wednesday (07/29/15) to discuss the temporary ban on target shooting in the Croatan National Forest, in portions of Jones, Craven, and Carteret counties.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

After receiving hundreds of complaints from locals, the U.S. Forest Service banned target shooting in the Croatan for 120 days.  The closure took effect July 13th.  District Ranger Jim Gumm says concerns about public safety prompted the ban.

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ENC Features
11:35 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Greenville Shelter Opens Its Doors

Over 60 residents have a new place to call home. A 2.2 million dollar facility recently opened its doors in Greenville. The high-tech shelter is called Community Crossroads Place. Sarah Finch speaks with the Executive Director Bob Williams about how the new space will help them better serve the homeless in Pitt County. 

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The Down East Journal
2:49 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

The Down East Journal (07/24/15)

A new community shelter recently opened in Greenville, providing safe housing for more than 60 residents.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Executive Director Bob Williams about the high-tech 2.2 million dollar facility and their mission to help the less fortunate in Pitt County.  Also, we hear an update on the construction of the high rise bridge from Morehead City to Beaufort.  And, a native of Lenoir County whose efforts in multiple American wars, including as a major figure in the state during the Civil War, have been lost to history has his story told by a fellow nativ

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NC Authors
7:28 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Richard Gatlin and the Confederate Defense of Eastern North Carolina - James L. Gaddis Jr.

"Richard Gatlin and the Confederate Defense of Eastern North Carolina" by Jim Gaddis

INTRO – Lenoir County is an area extremely cognizant of its Civil War history. If you visit Kinston’s website, tops on the list of things to do surround its Civil War past. So as conscious of its history as Lenoir County is, the fact that in this 21st century there was a prominent Civil War personality left to discover was a surprise to a local author. George Olsen has more

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ENC Features
10:26 am
Mon July 20, 2015

ConnectNC Seeks To Enhance State Parks and Museums

"Breaking the Waves" at Hammocks Beach State Park
Credit R. Evans, North Carolina State Parks

Parks and museums across the state have begun preparing for Governor McCrory’s Connect NC investment program and the funding it would provide them.  Lee Jenkins spoke with the directors for Hammocks Beach Park and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum about what the program would mean for their facilities.

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ENC Features
11:12 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Red Algae A Problem Along Southeastern North Carolina Coast

Gracilaria vermiculophylla growing on mudflats in the Zeke’s Basin Reserve
Credit Byron Toothman, North Carolina Coastal Reserve

Large floating mats of red algae continue to wash up on some parts of the coast choking out native plants and animal species. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with North Carolina Coastal Reserve Research Biologist Byron Toothman about the impacts of this quickly-growing, invasive seaweed and how it’s altering our coastal ecosystem.  

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The Down East Journal
3:00 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

The Down East Journal (07/17/15)

It’s a “growing” problem.  Large floating mats of red algae continue to wash up on some parts of the coast choking out native plants and animal species. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with North Carolina Coastal Reserve Research Biologist Byron Toothman about the impacts of this quickly-growing, invasive seaweed and how it’s altering our coastal ecosystem.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

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ENC Regional News
2:39 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Several Pine Knoll Shores Beaches Ban Shorefishing

Following eight shark attacks this summer, another seaside town is enacting fishing restrictions. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Effective today, Pine Knoll Shores is banning all fishing at ten heavily used beach access location. Town Manager Brian Kramer says the plan designates a 200 yard area at each site for swimming only. He says anglers will have to move to the right or left of these restricted areas in order to fish.

"Most fishermen we think do that already out of courtesy, but we don't want to have bait in the water while folks are swimming."

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ENC Features
1:08 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

ENC Groups Partner To Protect Pollinators

Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

It's summer-time, the flowers are in bloom and butterflies and bees are doing what they’ve always done.  But there’s been a decline in their numbers here in North Carolina and around the United States.  A new federal plan aims to reverse trend with an “all hands on deck” approach. Sarah Finch has more.

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ENC Features
1:03 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Local Researcher Aims To Bolster Black Sea Bass Fishery

Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Black sea bass are making a comeback in North Carolina after the species was overfished a decade ago.  We visit the Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City where they’re using ear bones from hundreds of black sea bass to learn which habitats along our coast best support the fishery. 

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Fri July 10, 2015

State School Board approves new bus safety measures

New school bus safety policies have been approved by the state Board of Education. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
11:37 am
Tue July 7, 2015

State Officials Advise Boaters to Wear Their Life Jackets

State officials advise residents to wear their life jackets when boating. Lee Jenkins has more.

Boating Safety Coordinator Major Chris Huebner says the most important safety measure any boater can take is to wear their life jacket. The primary cause of death in boating accidents is drowning, which life jackets go a long way towards preventing. Huebner says that even with a drunken operator or in bad weather, a life jacket would likely save lives.

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ENC Regional News
11:33 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Schools Suspend Driver's Ed Programs

School districts across the state have suspended their Driver’s Ed programs. Lee Jenkins has more.

Budget disagreements between the House and Senate have left financing for the programs up in the air. The Senate seeks to cut funding to high schools and have the community college system provide the classes, while the House seeks to maintain the program as it is.

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Opinion
7:45 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Facts I Wish I Didn't Know... commentary from Joan Carris

INTRO – There is what we know. There is what we don’t know. Then there is the stuff we just can’t mentally erase. Prepare yourself… commentator Joan Carris runs down some science you just can’t forget.

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