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7:39 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Our Electric World ... commentary from Joan Carris

We live in an amazing world.  As we’re waking up in the morning we can IM someone.  We can Skype, poke, e-mail, text, twitter, and tweet…all day long.  All day.  Wow.  Back in our log cabin days, who would have believed this?  Today we can post our brilliant, witty comments online—for the entire world to see—on every topic in the world—whether we know anything about it or not.  It’s positively electric!

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ENC Regional News
12:37 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Sea Turtles released back to the wild

The Institute of Marine Scientists released a handful recuperated sea turtles this/yesterday morning.

A team of coastal scientists carried seven sea turtles out to the Gulf Stream, about fifteen miles offshore. Marine Biologist Matthew Godfrey says the Pine Knoll shores Aquarium will be monitoring some of the turtles for the next few months.

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ENC Regional News
11:20 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Duke Energy is urged to close more than 100 North Carolina coal ash dumps

Proposed Senate legislation may require Duke Energy to excavate and reseal all of its coal ash basins in the state. In the wake of a breach that contaminated a 70-mile stretch of the Dan River, a handful of key legislators have drafted a bill that would mandate the closing of more than one-hundred ash dumps. About a dozen of the sites lie near power plants in Goldsboro and Wilmington. Currently, the bill also requires the toxic ash be re-buried in sealed landfills within the next fifteen years.

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ENC Regional News
12:54 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

N.C. Division of Commerce reports a statewide decline in unemployment

Unemployment rates across virtually all of North Carolina have decreased. In Eastern North Carolina, Carteret County experienced one of the sharpest declines, dropping from 6.6% to 5.6%. According to Division of Commerce public information manager Larry Parker, seasonal employment cycles are partially responsible for the decline in the East.

“Hiring is starting to happen for certainly the coastal counties, and it’s that time of the year where students leave school and start looking for that summer work.”

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ENC Regional News
12:46 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Greenville and Wilson get twin grants from the E.P.A.

  

The cities of Wilson and Greenville recently received twin grants from the Environmental Protection Agency totaling 1,000,000 dollars. Lee Jenkins has more.

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ENC Features
10:13 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Volunteers Plant Marsh Grass At The Rachel Carson Reserve

Credit North Carolina Coastal Reserve

On June 12th, volunteers and staff with the NC Coastal Reserve helped plant 4,500 marsh grass plugs which will help provide habitat and  stabilization to the shoreline of Carrot Island.

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ENC Features
11:54 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Black Bear Spotted Swimming Across The Neuse River

Credit Carlos Kowalczewski

Bears are seen in increasing numbers this time of year, in yards, in trees, and even swimming across the Neuse River.

 Monday, May 12th, riders on the Cherry Branch- Minnesott ferry witnessed something peculiar during an afternoon crossing. 

“We just left Minnesott Beach and as soon as we leave, we always look to the front of the ship.”

Carlos Kowalczewski is a ferry crew man with the North Carolina Ferry Division.

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ENC Features
9:03 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Study Finds Oyster Reefs Keep Pace With Rising Sea Levels

Credit E. Woodward/UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Research by a team of coastal scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Science is gaining national recognition.  The study looked at the rate at which oyster reefs grow and if they’ll be able to keep pace with rising sea levels.  After 10 years of study in coastal North Carolina, the results show that oyster reefs grow much faster than previously expected and can also be an effective way of slowing erosion.  Public Radio East's Jared Brumbaugh spoke with Dr.

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ENC Features
9:37 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Growing Tobacco in North Carolina

Credit Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina

Even though tobacco remains the number one cash crop in North Carolina, there's been a significant decrease in the amount of farmers growing tobacco in the past decade.  We'll explore the future of the state's tobacco industry.

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ENC Features
9:29 am
Tue May 27, 2014

NC Symphony Hosts "Concerts In Your Community" Summer Concert Series

Credit Tryon Palace www.tryonpalace.org

The North Carolina Symphony is presenting a Summer Concert Series of ten free outdoor concerts.  Six of those performances will be here in eastern North Carolina.  PRE's Mac McKee speaks with Senior Director of Statewide Development for the NC Symphony Rob Maddrey about the opening concert in the colonial capital that will include some well-known classical works, and an original composition by an eastern North Carolina musician.

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ENC Features
7:35 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Pitt County Sheriff's Office deputies carrying drug to counteract opioid overdose

A disturbing national trend involving heroin use has made its way into eastern North Carolina. The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office has decided to take a proactive step that could save the lives of some opioid abusers. George Olsen has more.

What has happened nationally is happening locally as well. Recent years has seen a resurgence in the use of heroin in response to growing addiction levels with less-available and more-expensive prescription drugs. That trend became a reality in Pitt County in recent years.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Increased highway traffic expected this Memorial Day

INTRO – If you’re traveling by road this Memorial Day weekend, you’ll probably have more company than last year. George Olsen has more.

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Opinion
7:35 am
Wed May 21, 2014

How to Ignore Work... commentary from Joan Carris

Fortunately for our economy, most of us adhere to a Puritan work ethic.  Recent articles point to the lengthy work week of Americans, who normally put in 50 to 70-hour weeks on the job.  Sayings that praise work are well-known.  Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.  And how about, Hard work never killed anybody.  Or, Man works from sun to sun, but woman’s work is never done.

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ENC Features
11:33 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Greenville Non-Profit Uses Horse Therapy

Credit Rocking Horse Ranch www.rhrnc.com

A local non-profit is using horses to treat people with physical, cognitive, and psychological disabilities.  

For more information on Rocking Horse Ranch, click www.rhrnc.com

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ENC Features
7:35 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Efforts to find CSS Neuse remnants delayed... again

INTRO – It’ll be at least July until state underwater archaeologists can do a survey of the Neuse River to see if any additional remnants from the ironclad CSS Neuse remain. George Olsen has more.

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Arts & Culture
3:12 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Free Download from Nikki Lane

All or Nothin' - Nikki Lane

Free download of Man Up from Nikki Lane's new CD "All or Nothin'", currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

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ENC Features
10:50 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Local Scientists Explore Wind Energy Development

Credit NOAA

Local researchers embarked on a 10-day mission off the coast of North Carolina to map the ocean floor.  The new data may reveal areas where offshore wind energy development could occur with minimal impacts to sensitive fish habitats and ocean resources.

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ENC Features
10:35 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Conversation with Singer Songwriter Deidre McCalla

Credit Irene Young

Public Radio East's Mac McKee speaks with Diedre McCalla about her upcoming performances in eastern North Carolina.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Archaeology teams again schedule search for CSS Neuse remnants

INTRO – The State Underwater Archeology Team will again try to get on the Neuse River in Kinston Tuesday (May 13)  to search for remnants of the CSS Neuse. George Olsen has more.

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