EPA Outlines Plan For Dealing With Toxic Chemicals In Water

Feb 14, 2019

Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water in several states. Environmentalists countered that the agency wasn't moving fast enough. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler released an "action plan" for dealing with the long-lasting substances, which have been linked to health threats ranging from cancer to decreased fertility.


Jared Brumbaugh

Residents in Eastern North Carolina who are still recovering from Hurricane Florence may be eligible to get a case manager to help with long-term needs.  According to a press release, FEMA approved the state’s request for a grant to provide disaster case management services for up to 24 months.    Case managers will work with faith-based and volunteer organizations to provide help with financial, physical, emotional or spiritual well-being and referrals for materials and resources to help with rebuilding.  

Rep. Walter Jones Jr. Dies On 76th Birthday

Feb 11, 2019
Walter Jones

U.S. Representative Walter B. Jones Junior died Sunday afternoon. It was his 76th birthday.

Jones represented Eastern North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District for almost 25 years, following his father who served in Congress for about the same length of time.

PRE's Valerie Crowder spoke with two of Jones's political colleagues who knew him well.   

Carteret County health officials want feedback from residents as they prioritize health needs in the community, and create a plan to address those needs. 

Coastal Land Trust

The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust is one step closer to protecting more than 5,500 of natural area in Down East Carteret County.

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If you’re among the 35 percent of adults in North Carolina who were told by a health professional that you have hypertension, chances are you’ve been prescribed blood pressure medication. An October 2018 study published in the British Medical Journal now links certain blood pressure drugs with an increased risk of lung cancer.

Voter Turnout Down In Two Florence Disaster Counties

Feb 4, 2019
Valerie Crowder

Hurricane Florence contributed to a drop in voter turnout in two federally-designated disaster counties, according to a recent analysis of the midterm elections’ turnout.

Valerie Crowder

About 300 people resided in the town of Trenton before Hurricane Florence brought historic flooding to Jones County four months ago.  More than 100 homes in the town are now vacant, and only six businesses are open, said Mayor Darlene Spivey.

Valerie Crowder

Four months after historic flooding from Hurricane Florence caused widespread damage in Jones County, the county courthouse and jail remain closed for repairs.

Paul Barker, Office of the Governor

Governor Cooper and leaders from his administration were in Eastern North Carolina on Tuesday to discuss several issues affecting the region. 

NC Ferry System Facebook

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division plans to replace an aging coastal ferry with a new, larger vessel.  The M/V Rodanthe, which can carry about 40 vehicles at a time, will require fewer trips between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. 


The deadline to sign up for a program that provides partial repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence has been extended to Feb. 10.

Walter Jones

FARMVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones has undergone surgery for a broken hip suffered at his home.

Carteret Community College

Community college leaders plan to request additional funding to compensate tuition losses from enrollment declines due to Hurricane Florence in next fiscal year's state budget.  

Jared Brumbaugh

Floodwaters and storm surge during Hurricane Florence in September caused significant amounts of debris to wash into coastal waterways.  Much of the trash is still littering shorelines more than four months after the storm.  Volunteers in Atlantic Beach, Rodanthe and Holly Ridge help remove an estimated 6.5 tons of marine debris during a recent cleanup projects.

Jay Dimig

More than a dozen members of a conservation group organized an "emergency cleanup" at Cape Hatteras National Seashore over the weekend to ensure the park remains pristine, while its employees are away during the partial government shutdown. 

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Anglers could have less than two months to keep striped bass found in several Eastern North Carolina waterways. The State Fisheries Commission will decide on the proposed restriction next month.

Members of the North Carolina State Board of Education unanimously voted Thursday afternoon to allow a low-performing elementary school in Goldsboro to remain under local control.  

Rural Surveys Help Identify Need For Broadband

Jan 9, 2019

Federal data shows almost 20 percent of North Carolina’s rural residents lack access to high-speed internet. And that number could be even higher. P-R-E’s Valerie Crowder reports state and local leaders are trying to get more precise data in eastern counties to begin closing the rural broadband gap. 


North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association

More than 80 prospective hemp growers in North Carolina were given approval yesterday to participate in the state’s pilot program. 

The Small Business Administration is allowing North Carolinians to file a new disaster loan application for assistance with Hurricane Florence recovery, but applicants must provide an explanation for missing the deadline that’s acceptable to the SBA.

Chris Hannant Photography

A large scale cleanup project to improve water quality, remove fishing debris and collect derelict crab pots from all of Eastern North Carolina’s coastal sounds will soon get underway.  

NC Department of Health and Human Services


According to the most recent North Carolina Influenza Surveillance Summary, there have been 10 flu-related deaths in the state this season.  With the typical peak of flu season still a few weeks away, hospitals across the state are noting an uptick in outpatient and emergency department visits for influenza-like illness. 

Walter Jones

North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones will miss the remainder of the current congressional term because of illness.

Craven County

Community health centers in New Bern and Havelock will soon offer outpatient therapy and psychiatric care to patients struggling with mental illness and substance use disorders. 


Now that the U.S. Secretary of Commerce approved Gov. Roy Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration helping North Carolina’s fishing industry, officials will be surveying local fishers about damages from Hurricane Florence. 

Jared Brumbaugh

People in Eastern North Carolina now have until December 19th to register for Hurricane Florence disaster assistance.  

A Message from PRE GM, Ben Donnelly We set a goal of raising $120,000 during our recent fund drive. We raised 90% of that amount during the on-air portion of the drive November 9th through the 16th. It was a very respectable amount and very close to where we wanted to be. In the weeks since the live drive, additional pledges and donations kept coming in. We quietly crossed the $120,000 mark just before the end of November.

Allie Stewart, USFWS

Water quality, loss of habitat and chronic flooding on land surrounding North Carolina’s largest naturally formed lake are some of the key problems addressed in the final watershed restoration plan.  The draft was submitted last week to the State Division of Water Resources for final review and approval.