This week on the Down East Journal, we detail the 550 mile tri-state Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Supporters say the natural gas project will bring jobs to the “Tar Heel State.” Opponents worry about decreased property values and the environment. We talk about the pipeline’s proposed path and hear how it may impact eastern North Carolina this week on the Down East Journal, Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturdays at noon on all of the News and Ideas stations.
A new method to rapidly test shellfish for harmful bacteria has been discovered in eastern North Carolina. We talk to lead researcher Dr. Rachel Noble about the kit they’re developing, which yields results in just a couple hours instead of days.
We detail the State Transportation Improvement Program which seeks to ease congestion at a local military base and complete the expansion of Highway 17 to a four lane between New Bern and Jacksonville.
Here in eastern North Carolina, we are all looking forward to long-promised road improvements. Now, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is asking for public feedback on their latest State Transportation Improvement Program released December 4th. Over 1,000 projects are planned affecting every county. Sarah Finch has more.
Do you sometimes hear music or ringing? Sounds when it's dead quiet? Well, you're not alone. We learn about the auditory phenomenon called “musical ear syndrome.” It’s thought that classical composer Robert Schumann may have had the condition. He heard entire symphonies in his head and used the melodies as inspiration for his works. While no one knows exactly why musical ear syndrome occurs, it is more likely to affect women and people with hearing problems. Today, Mac McKee speaks with Director for Hearing Loss Help in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania Dr.
This week on the Down East Journal, we profile the soon-to-be-built North Carolina Civil War History Center in Fayetteville. They’re seeking 100 stories from each of North Carolina’s 100 counties for their archive. And, we learn about the auditory phenomenon called “musical ear syndrome.” The Down East Journal, Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturdays at noon on all of the News and Ideas stations.
The over 3,000 miles of rail in the Tarheel state continues to be critical in serving local industry and consumers. In December, the draft Comprehensive State Rail Plan was released for public review, part of a 25 year improvement plan. Sarah Finch reports on one facet of that plan that may bolster the economy, and how increasing passenger rail ridership may expand our options over the next 2 decades.
A memorial honoring the Montford Point Marines broke ground last week in Jacksonville. We honor the legacy of the Montford Point Marines and hear a firsthand account of 92 year old Montford Pointer Norman Preston.
Eastern North Carolina is in line for railroad improvements that will streamline the movement of goods. This week on the Down East Journal, we detail the draft North Carolina Rail Plan and talk with officials about a proposed intermodal facility. And, a memorial honoring the Montford Point Marines broke ground last week in Jacksonville. Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.
During the construction of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in 1980, a mysterious cluster of headstones were stumbled upon. Instead of being placed vertically like most headstones, these were laid flat. Until recently no one knew why. Jared Brumbaugh speaks with the North Carolina Aquarium Exhibition Curator Kitty Dough about the strange cemetery plot which dates back to 1895, and is the final resting place of a former slave, a Civil War veteran and keeper of the nations first all black lifesaving station.
The Vessel Runs Aground, April 22, 1864 - In its first foray into action, the Neuse runs aground in the shallow waters of its namesake. Though the bow remained afloat, the Neuse was stuck fast until rising water freed the vessel in mid-May 1864.
This weekend, the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is holding a grand opening, ribbon cutting and a 150th commemorative program marking the anniversary of the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse. Events include lectures, living history demonstrations, and displays about military and civilian life, battlefield tour of Wyse Fork and live music. Mac McKee speaks with Site Interpreter Holly Brown about the history of the Civil War ironclad CSS Neuse and the free event this weekend.
A gravesite mystery at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has been solved. This week on the Down East Journal, the life and legacy of Richard Etheridge, keeper of the nation’s first all-black lifesaving station. And, a living history program in Kinston commemorates the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse. Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.
We talk about the budget-tightening decision and how it will affect local fishermen.
You’ve heard the adage that oysters are safer to eat in months containing an “R.” It’s February and local oysters are at their peak. Patricia Smith is the Public Information Officer for the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.
“That’s the time where basically they are not producing, and they are not producing, they are getting fatter.”
This week on the Down East Journal, more than 300,000 acres of North Carolina waters have closed to shellfishing. We talk about the budget-tightening decision and how it will affect local fishermen. And, we preview “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage” a theatrical symphony performance just for kids. Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.
Spring flower bulbs are just beginning to poke out of the ground at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. Today, the "conservation garden" manages nearly 1,100 acres of land, including natural areas, gardens, and easements. Since it's inception, the North Carolina Botanical Garden has grown under the leadership of two previous directors. This spring, a new director from Texas will leave his mark. Mac McKee has more.
INTRO – Next week the ECU Board of Trustees meets in regular session. Among the items on their agenda is a proposed renaming of the Aycock dormitory. Charles B. Aycock was governor from 1901-to-1905 but his part in racist activities prior to his inauguration has raised calls for his name to be removed from the men’s residence hall. George Olsen has more.
This week on the Down East Journal, we say goodbye to legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith. And, we meet with the new director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Damon Waitt talks about his passion for native plants. Those stories and more on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.
Fraternities are still on restriction at East Carolina University in Greenville, even though police have concluded that a rape reported late last month did not happen. More on Greek life in the East and the new awareness effort aimed at fraternities and sororities at ECU.