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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.  

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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.

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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.

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.

NC Department of Public Safety

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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