News en Conversation With NC Poet Laureate Joe Bathanti <p>April is designated at National Poetry Month.&nbsp; We speak with North Carolina's seventh Poet Laureate Joe Bathanti.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:53:51 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 39221 at Conversation With NC Poet Laureate Joe Bathanti Easter gas prices lower in 2014 than one year ago <p></p><p>Your Easter travel this year will likely be a bit cheaper than last year though far more expensive than any Christmas travel you took. George Olsen has more.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:09:00 +0000 George Olsen 39046 at Update On Statewide Telepsychiatry Program <p>Twenty eight counties across the state do not have a psychiatrist, leaving many to seek treatment in local hospital emergency rooms.&nbsp; But the Statewide Telepsychiatry program, which started in January, is designed to address a shortage of psychologists, especially in rural areas.&nbsp; The program is helping patients get the help they need using video and audio streaming videoconferencing technology similar to Skype or Facetime.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;East Carolina University’s E-Behavioral Health Telepsychiatry Center is providing the consultations and so far, the program is showing Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:39:22 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 38688 at Update On Statewide Telepsychiatry Program Future Of Drones In North Carolina <p>State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes tells us about the future of drone technology in North Carolina and how drones could be used by law enforcement, in hurricane recovery and agriculture.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:34:44 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 38687 at Future Of Drones In North Carolina B.O.Q. - N.P. Simpson <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A new novel by a Raleigh author and one-time Jacksonville newspaper reporter introduces a new character investigating murderous going-ons at her old stomping ground. George Olsen has more.&nbsp;</p><p>In 1993 N.P. Simpson published a book about a 1981 triple homicide at Camp LeJeune that to this day is unresolved.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:29:00 +0000 George Olsen 38510 at B.O.Q. - N.P. Simpson Gas prices hit 7-month high <p></p><p>AAA Carolinas is reporting a big spike in gas prices for North Carolina motorists over the past month. George Olsen has more.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:09:00 +0000 George Olsen 38427 at Eight Homes Damaged In Beaufort County EF2 Tornado <p>Officials from the National Weather Service are surveying damage today in Beaufort and Hyde counties to determine the strength of yesterday’s tornado that severely damaged eight homes and hospitalized five people.&nbsp; Jared Brumbaugh has more.</p><p>The hardest hit of yesterday’s storm, around the town of Belhaven on Beech Ridge Road. John Pack is Director of Beaufort County Emergency Services.&nbsp;</p><p><em>“we think there were the possibly of two tornadoes.&nbsp; One may have not touched the ground, the other one definitely did.”</em></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:39:14 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 38394 at NOAA Beaufort Lab Faces Possible Closure <p>The NOAA Lab in Beaufort is involved with collecting and analyzing data on marine mammal species, assessing fish stocks, and working to understand the Atlantic ecosystem. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:37:53 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 38297 at Down East Walk To Defeat ALS <p>A groundbreaking study into what may cause ALS was recently released by a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Maddison.&nbsp; According to, scientists pinpointed an error in protein formation that could be the root of ALS.&nbsp; Commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig Disease, ALS is a progressive degenerative disease&nbsp; that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.&nbsp; Raising funds for ongoing research is part of the reason for next weekend's Down East Walk to Defeat ALS in Greenville.&nbsp; The non-profit Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter hopes to educate t Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:25:44 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 38292 at Drained Wetlands in Hoffman Forest <p>Two federal agencies are investigating whether managers at North Carolina State University’s 79,000 acre forest in Jones and Onslow Counties illegally drained wetlands.&nbsp; Jared Brumbaugh reports.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s estimated that 6,700 acres of the wetlands in Hoffman Forest were impacted.&nbsp; Project Manager for the US Army Corp of Engineers Wilmington Regulatory Field Office Mickey Sugg says it appears excavating equipment was used to create ditches for water to exit the property.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:01:15 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 37986 at Dropout rate at public schools hits record low <p>INTRO – The dropout rate for state public schools is at a record low. George Olsen has more.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:06:30 +0000 George Olsen 37926 at Speech Easy Technology Beneficial For People With Parkinson's Disease <p>Parkinson's disease is a challenge for medical specialists and it can be frightening for the Parkinson's patient.&nbsp; But a device called the Speech Easy, developed at East Carolina University, is making it easier for them to communicate more clearly. The device uses an auditory delay and a change in pitch that has been shown to increase the intelligibility of speech for people who stutter. But the technology has also shown benefits for people with Parkinson's disease.&nbsp; Mac McKee has more.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:55:25 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 37711 at Beneath The Waves Film Festival <p>On April 5th, the Beneath The Waves Film Festival takes place at the coast.&nbsp; <span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The festival includes a variety of films highlighting coastal issues, a panel discussion with local scientists, and booths showcasing marine science that happens in Carteret County. </span></p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:42:53 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 37709 at Beneath The Waves Film Festival Gulf War Illness study continues at ECU <p></p><p>A study conducted at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine looking for both a treatment and a confirmatory blood test for Gulf War Illness will continue through 2015. George Olsen has more.</p><p>It’s difficult enough treating any disease, even more so when it’s a disease whose diagnosis can’t be confirmed.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:39:00 +0000 George Olsen 37367 at Free Download by Lydia Loveless <p>Free download of <em>Really Wanna See You </em>from<strong> Lydia Loveless</strong>' new CD<em> </em>"Somewhere Else", currently featured on<strong> The Sound.</strong>&nbsp; Find out more about the artist <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:44:50 +0000 George Olsen 37171 at Free Download by Lydia Loveless NC Scientists Study Offshore Wind Energy Potential <p>Coastal scientists are hoping to deploy two buoys in April to explore wind energy potential off the coast of North Carolina. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:51:44 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 36985 at NC Scientists Study Offshore Wind Energy Potential PRE Helps Rejuvenate The Striped Bass Fishery in Eastern North Carolina Waters <p>Public Radio East is teaming up with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to repopulate the waters of eastern North Carolina with striped bass.&nbsp; This week on the Down East Journal, we discuss the project and how it will promote a healthier fishery and create more opportunities for anglers.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:40:18 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 36616 at PRE Helps Rejuvenate The Striped Bass Fishery in Eastern North Carolina Waters Help Stock the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers with Your Pledge <h1>&nbsp;</h1><p></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:16:02 +0000 Jill McGuire 35567 at Help Stock the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers with Your Pledge New High Tech Training Lab at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune <p>Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune is using futuristic simulation technology to train corpsman and give experienced physicians a place to refine their skills.&nbsp; We speak with experts about the new simulation lab and explain how it works.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:31:54 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 36065 at Remembering the Montford Point Marines <p>We remember the brave Montford Point Marines who faced segregation in service for an opportunity to fight for our country during World War II.</p><p></p><p>Today, we honor the Montford Point Marines who were the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corp.&nbsp; They overcame discrimination and segregation in service for an opportunity to fight for our country during World War II.&nbsp; Wilmington resident Norman Preston is a hero, and World War II veteran.&nbsp;&nbsp; At 91 years old, he is among our country’s first black Marines.</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:12:17 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 36064 at Remembering the Montford Point Marines