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The Republican tax bill, which passed in the House yesterday, would cost North Carolina public schools more than $5 billion over the next decade if it becomes law. 

Low income and uninsured people in Onslow County can now receive dental treatment at a new clinic in Jacksonville.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

NC Parks

The State of North Carolina is evaluating the suitability of a state park on the Black River in parts of Sampson, Bladen and Pender counties. 

Roughly a year after Hurricane Matthew devastated areas of eastern North Carolina, the State is employing experts to conduct studies on four rivers in the region.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

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National Spinning Company recently announced that they will shut down their plant in Duplin County by the end of the year.  Now, state and local officials have started the process of attracting another business to the area.  

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The North Carolina Coastal Federation is seeking commercial watermen for their annual on-the-water Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project.  

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation gathering public input on a proposed widening project in Greenville.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

     

Two first-time mayoral candidates in their 30s won major races in Eastern North Carolina yesterday, defeating opponents with more experience in city government.  

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division is switching to a winter schedule today for one of its popular summer routes.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

During the peak summer months between Memorial Day and mid-September, the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry offers 36 round trip departures per day. Now, Public Information Officer for the Ferry Division Tim Hass says they are cutting the number of runs in half.

INTRO – On September 3, 1991 North Carolina experienced its worst industrial disaster when a fire broke out at a chicken processing plant in the Richmond County town of Hamlet, killing 25. The view at the time was that spendthrift owners neglected safety to save a buck. But a new book theorizes that the plant fire was the end result of a changing relationship between government, industry and people. George Olsen has more.

When Bryant Simon began his research into events surrounding the Hamlet Imperial Foods plant fire there was no wiggle room in where blame for the tragedy lay.

Voters Have a Choice in Greenville Mayoral Race

Nov 3, 2017
City of Greenville

Two Greenville City Council members are giving voters a choice in the city’s first contested, incumbent-less mayoral race in a decade. The competitive race began soon after former Mayor Allen Thomas resigned before the end of his term.

NCDOT

The State Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting November 8th on a proposed roundabout in Carteret County.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.        

The NCDOT has developed a design concept for the roundabout project, would be located in Beaufort at the intersection of US 70 and N.C. Highway 101.  In North Carolina, crashes of all types have been reduced by almost half where roundabouts have been installed at existing intersections.

“It will be one of the three key entry points to our community.”

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November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  The neurodegenerative disease affects over five million people in the United States.  That number is expected to grow to 16 million by 2050.  With no cure and no long term treatments, new studies are focused on early detection.  This year, researchers discovered a way to detect Alzheimer’s even before the onset of symptoms in people at genetic risk for developing the disease.  

NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

A celebration of one of the state’s most famous self-taught artists takes place in Wilson Thursday, Nov. 2 with the official dedication of a park featuring his unique structures.

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The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has requested modifications to the way the Atlantic Coast Pipeline crosses some streams in the state.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

City of Greenville

Greenville is receiving the largest green infrastructure loan in state history to help fund the replacement of a roughly 90-year-old culvert in the heart of the city's Uptown district. 

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission board has approved its first ever plan to manage alligator populations in the state, which could eventually allow alligator hunting.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The plan, developed by the N.C. Alligator Task Force, outlines conditions under which alligators could be hunted in North Carolina. However, approval of the plan did not establish an alligator hunting season in the state.  Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator Allen Boynton.

Drivers are warned to exercise caution on the roads with increased deer activity. Deer activity increases between October and December with mating and hunting seasons, increasing the likelihood of animal related automotive collisions. A press release from the state Department of Transportation says there were 17,901 animal related crashes in 2016… slightly below 2015’s total by 136. Over the past three years there have been close to 54,000 collisions, with 14 people dying during those collisions and 3356 injuries, 51 being serious.

The state’s infant mortality rate was down slightly in 2016. The state Department of Health and Human Services reports the state infant mortality rate for 2016 was 7.2 deaths per 1000 births, down 1.4 percent from the 2015 rate of 7.3 infant deaths. A press release from the department says the infant mortality rate seems to have plateaued, noting the rate was 7 in 2010, the state’s lowest ever rate.  There is a wide disparity in infant mortality among racial groups. White women had an infant mortality rate of 5 in 2016 while the rate for African American women was 13.4 per 1000 births.

NAVFAC

The Navy is conducting well water testing in the unincorporated town of 558 people, Atlantic, in Down East Carteret County to make sure compounds used in firefighting activities aren’t present.  

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New research points to a high fat, low carbohydrate diet increasing longevity and improving muscle coordination and brain function in aging mice.  Will this new way of thinking about diet and aging buck the trend of the “traditional low-fat diet?”  

City of New Bern

Plans to create New Bern’s largest park on a 55 acre donated tract of land were recently announced.

The percentage of North Carolinians who smoke has hit an all-time low. George Olsen has more.

NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Wildlife biologist are closely watching the white-tailed deer population due to an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has confirmed 64 cases of Hemorrhagic disease in the western part of the state.  Here in eastern North Carolina, there’s been only six unconfirmed cases this season.  Hemorrhagic disease is a virus transmitted by a small, biting midge fly.  The infected deer can become lethargic and dehydrated with lesions around the tongue and mouth.  District 2 Wildlife Biologist Chris Kent.

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A new mental health-screening tool was unveiled 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.

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