ECU News Services

Middle-aged whites in North Carolina are dying at increasing rates, a recent East Carolina University study shows. 


In response to listener requests, News & Ideas programming is being restored to 91.5 WBJD effective Monday, March 12 at 0600.

Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me... all your favorite News & Ideas programs will be heard on both 89.3 WTEB and 91.5 WBJD.  We’re making this change to better serve you with programming from NPR, PRI, APM, PRX and all your favorite shows from our News & Ideas network. 


Fifteen people protesting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline were arrested for trespassing after refusing to leave Gov. Cooper's office on Friday.  

Nonprofits in eastern North Carolina have until March 1st to submit grant applications to the North Carolina Arts Council for funding.


A local medical center is joining 10 other hospitals in the region who have set visitor restrictions to protect patients from potential exposure to the flu.  

Justin Ridge

The opening of the new Gallants Channel high rise bridge has caused some major delays for commuters in and around Beaufort.  Now, adjustments have been made to relieve traffic congestion.

Free download of This is True from the CD True by the Elders, currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

An elementary school in Craven County is still experiencing a drop in attendance after two cases of the flu and case of norovirus were confirmed last week. 

City of New Bern

New Bern Parks and Recreation is seeking comments on how to develop 55 acres of land in the city. 

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality on Friday issued a necessary water quality permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. 


There's a new way to travel between Beaufort and Morehead City.  The long awaited Gallants Channel Bridge in Beaufort is finally complete and set to partially open this weekend. 

ECU Among Many Universities That Don't Track Suicides

Jan 24, 2018
East Carolina University News Services

A recent analysis from the Associated Press shows almost half of the nation’s largest public universities don’t track student suicides.  And East Carolina University is one of those schools. 

Recent Study Spotlights Poverty in Goldsboro

Jan 24, 2018

Almost half of Goldsboro residents earn less than $30,000 a year, and a quarter of them live in poverty.  In 2015, the city of about 36,000 people was ranked the fifth poorest in the U.S. 

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Ten hospitals in eastern North Carolina have set visitation restrictions for children due to the flu epidemic.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

To protect patients from potential exposure, Vidant Health announced yesterday that children 12 years of age and younger are prohibited from visiting at this time.   The restrictions are in place at all hospitals in the system, except for Vidant Roanoke-Chowan in Ahoskie.  Medical Director of Infection Control Dr. Keith Ramsey says the temporary change will be in place until the flu subsides.

Onslow County Schools

At a meeting with Onslow County leaders, state Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Jacksonville, offered hope that state lawmakers will relieve some of the pressure next school year’s K-3 class size mandate is putting on school districts.

Duke Energy

A program awaiting approval by the North Carolina Utilities Commission could make installing solar panels more affordable for homeowners, churches, schools and other non-profits.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 


Two campgrounds in the Croatan National Forest remain closed due to significant damages from the winter storm earlier this month.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Cedar Point Campground near Cape Carteret and Flanner’s Beach Campground just south of New Bern could remain closed for the remainder of the month. Temperatures in the single digits caused multiple pipe breaks inside the walls of sanitary facilities, the porcelain to crack on toilets and damage to showers.  Recreations Program Manager for the Croatan National Forest Jeff Kincaid.

Chris Hannant Photography

The annual crab pot cleanup project started Monday and runs through February 7th.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The removal period allows derelict and abandoned crab pots and fishing gear to be removed from internal waters.  The Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project is in its fifth year and is funded primarily by the General Assembly.  This year, 76 commercial watermen will participate in the cleanup effort which creates jobs for them while the no-potting period is in place.  Coastal Education Coordinator with the Coastal Federation Sara Hallas. 


The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority is asking customers to check their plumbing for leaks after historic high demand is being reported across their service area due to the recent winter storm.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

ONWASA normally pump around 7.5 million gallons of water every day during the month of January.  According to CEO of ONSWASA Jeffery Hudson, the rate of demand has nearly doubled to 14 million gallons of water over the last several days.


An organization that helps former inmates transition back into their communities in Onslow and Jones Counties is getting a $225,000 state contract. 


A four month bridge replacement project is underway in Carteret County, prompting a road closure near N.C. 58.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The bridge over Hadnot Creek north of Cape Carteret was in constant need of repairs making it functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.  Communications officer for the State Department of Transportation Divisions 2 and 3 Brian Rick says the span was built in 1961 to standards no longer used today.

The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame has announced their 2018 inductees.

Onslow County Schools

Many school districts across Eastern North Carolina are scrambling to figure out how they will provide enough teachers and classroom space to accommodate smaller K-3 class sizes before they take effect during the 2018 - 2019 school year.  In Onslow County, district leaders are facing additional pressure from growing enrollment.  


Approximately 15 people are diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease every day in the United States. There is no cure, but a promising study from a Canadian research facility shows one medication used to treat a chronic and severe mental disorder may improve quality of life for those with ALS.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Duke Energy Progress

Widespread power outages are being reported across eastern North Carolina due to the winter storm.  Power has been restored on Ocracoke Island.


Crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation are out in force pretreating the roads before the freezing rain and snow start falling here in eastern North Carolina.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Changes are in the air for 2018 here at Public Radio East!

Beginning Monday, February 5th, all News and Ideas programming will move to 89.3 WTEB .  And all of Public Radio East's classical music broadcasts will be heard on 88.5 WZNB New Bern, 90.3 WKNS  Kinston-Goldsboro and 91.5 WBJD at the coast. 

That means more classical music for classical music fans on Monday, February 5th - when it's ALL CLASSICAL - ALL DAY.

Free download of You Ain't Got the Heart from the CD Roll With It by the Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men, currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

UNC Research

A company in Carteret County is recognized as the 2017 Rural Entrepreneur of the Year by the North Carolina Rural Center.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

NC Ferry Division

The North Carolina Ferry Division will be reducing the number of runs on some ferry routes over the holiday.  The Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach, Hatteras-Ocracoke and Southport-Fort Fisher ferries will be on a alternate holiday schedule December 24th and 25th:

Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach: