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A new mental health-screening tool is being unveiled today in Pamlico County.

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On Thursday, the Grayden Paul bridge, connecting Morehead City to Beaufort, closed for five hours while DOT crews performed emergency repairs.  Adjacent to the aging span, its replacement is still under construction.  Jared Brumbaugh has an update on the bypass project. 

The 65 foot, high-rise bridge is on track to open this fall, at least partially.  Senior Assistant Resident Engineer for the State Department of Transportation Rhett Gerald says the span over Gallants Channel will open for a two lane, two way traffic pattern while crews finish construction.

JACKSONVILLE – A trail-blazing former member of the Jacksonville City Council has died. A press release from the city of Jacksonville says Fannie Coleman passed away Wednesday, September 13  at the age of 88. Coleman was the first black woman elected to the City Council. She served from 1991 to 1993 and again from 1999 to 2011. Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips described Coleman as “gracious in her dealings with others and thoughtful in her advocacy.”

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The Grayden Paul drawbridge, connecting Radio Island with Beaufort, opened again Thursday afternoon after it was shut down around 9 a.m. for emergency repairs.  Public Information Officer for the Town of Beaufort Rachel Johnson says crews were able to fix the mechanical problem and reopen the bridge in about five hours.

Seymour Johnson will be the site for the Air Force’s newest tanker squadron. George Olsen has more.

Greenville Utilities

Some local utilities have sent workers to Florida to help restore power for folks affected by Hurricane Irma.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Fifty-four crew members from Greenville Utilities left early Tuesday morning.  The convoy of 16 bucket trucks and post diggers met up with a pair of workers from Kinston Public Services with their own bucket truck to help the hundreds of thousands of people without power in the Orlando area.  Substation Lineman Remington Gaskins considers it an honor to be selected to go.  It's his first time going on a hurricane relief/restoration mission.

A state of emergency is in effect for all 100 counties in North Carolina as Hurricane Irma moves north.  Jared Brumbaugh has more on what local state and federal governments are doing to prepare for the storm.  

“It is too soon to know how North Carolina will exactly be impacted, but it is not too soon to get ready for it.”

Gov. Roy Cooper speaking at a noontime briefing Thursday said the State has already started putting response crews on standby and positioning resources across the state. 

An investigation is ongoing into what caused wastewater to discharge into the Trent River at a swine farm in Jones County.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The spill was reported last week to the North Carolina Division of Water Resources.  A water quality team from the division’s Washington Regional Office was sent to the farm, located near the town of Comfort, which found the wastewater discharge had traveled two miles from the facility eventually ending up in the Trent River.  Spokesperson for the Division of Water Quality Bridget Munger. 

ECU

The new simulation laboratory on wheels will travel around eastern North Carolina providing training to medical professionals in rural areas in an effort to improve patient outcomes.  

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A local researcher wants to raise awareness of bacteria and viruses lurking in the stagnant floodwaters in Texas.  

NC Department of Public Safety

North Carolina is sending five swift water rescue teams to Texas to help with the recovery from Hurricane Harvey.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesperson Keith Acree said 92 people from various fire departments around the state have left for College Station, Texas.

“They’re equipped with small boats and other equipment to affect water rescues and remove people from houses that are surrounded by water from other situations where they’re stranded by water.”

FEMA

Being prepared before a tropical storm or hurricane impacts eastern North Carolina can help keep you and your family safe.  Here's information on forming emergency/evacuation plans from the National Hurricane Center:

Prepare A Disaster Supplies Kit

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

National Hurricane Center

Tropical Cyclone 10 is currently off the coast of North Carolina and moving northeast at 17 mph.  The storm will increase in speed over as it moves away from our area. Maximum sustained winds remain near 40 mph with higher gusts.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will begin a safety improvement project on more than 11 miles of roadway in Lenoir and Jones Counties.  NCDOT has awarded a $6.5 million contract to Barnhill Contracting Company of Rocky Mount to mill, resurface and reconstruct shoulders on four sections of U.S. 70 between Mt. Vernon Park Drive in Kinston and Dover Road in Jones County.  Milling and resurfacing improves both traction and ride quality on the road, which is especially important during inclement weather.

NCDOT

After being placed on hold in November 2014 due to funding restrictions, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is resuming the Kinston Bypass Project.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The bypass covers a 20 mile segment of U.S. 70 from LaGrange to Dover in Lenoir, Jones and Craven Counties.  There are twelve alternatives being studied for the project.  NCDOT Project Engineer Maria Rogerson says the Kinston bypass is now programmed and funded in the NC State Transportation Improvement Plan. 

Onslow County has launched a new mass communication safe citizen program.  Jared Brumbaugh has details.

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A community design workshop is planned in one of towns hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew.  


NASA

Thousands of people in eastern North Carolina were treated to partly cloudy skies and great viewing of the Great American Eclipse.

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Shoaling is occurring at the eastern end of Shackleford Banks and South Core Banks.  Boaters navigating that area are being asked to exercise caution.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

A damaged transmission line on the Outer Banks late last week led to blackouts on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands and prompted a mandatory evacuation of 50,000 visitors during the coastal tourist town’s  busiest time of year. While businesses on Ocracoke and Hatteras will begin welcoming back tourist at noon Friday, they will still have to tally the economic loss.  Those in the know say Ocracoke’s loss may be a very short term gain for Crystal Coast businesses.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.   

 

East Carolina University doctors used a life size 3D printed rib cage to perform a life changing surgery for a Goldsboro man suffering from chronic pain.

The city of New Bern is warning residents about a door-to-door scam. George Olsen has more.

Power restoration may be a little sooner than first thought.  Crews have been working on two solutions to restore main-line transmission service to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands: repair of the underground cable and construction on an overhead transmission line.  Attempts to dewater the trench at the site have been unsuccessful, so Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative will work to complete the overhead transmission line.  The restoration timeframe is one to two days, with plans to have power back by Saturday.  The new line will need to stay energize for several hours while the cooperative test

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North Carolina's Transportation Department is reminding drivers of a lower speed limit on an Outer Banks bridge to protect purple martins, which roost annually on the span over the Croatan Sound. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The speed limit on the William B. Umstead Bridge in Manns Harbor is 20 mph at dusk and dawn to protect the more than 100,000 purple martins that roost on the west end of the bridge as they prepare for their annual 3,000 mile migration to Brazil.

“It’s one of the biggest roosts in the eastern U.S.”

Gov. Roy Cooper was in Greenville yesterday, to sign a new state school bus law. The new law allows counties to adopt ordinances and cite motorists by using cameras installed on the stop-arms of buses. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy is holding a public meeting this evening in Morehead City for proposed training and testing activities which could include the use of active sonar and explosives.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The latest proposed option supports less activity within the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing area off the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.  The draft Environmental Impact Statement considers two action alternatives and one no action alternative.

Wolf Haven International

Big changes could be coming to the way the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the world’s only wild red wolf population in northeastern North Carolina. 

N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

A brief look at everyday life for U-S Servicemen in the Pacific Theatre during World War II is now available online through the North Carolina state archives. George Olsen has more.

NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

A state Highway Historical Marker will be dedicated Saturday, July 22 to honor the North Carolina National Guard. George Olsen has more.

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

We’re half way through the sea turtle nesting season along the North Carolina coast and biologists with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are saying it could be another banner year.  


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