Even though thousands of colonoscopies are done every year with minimal side effects, a new study from the University of North Dakota finds that the procedure may be linked with an increased risk of developing appendicitis.  

Wikamedia Commons

Prosecutors in five Eastern North Carolina counties will soon begin requesting minimum bail amounts of $1 million for those charged with selling opioids, such as heroin and fentanyl. 

Valerie Crowder

Residents along North Carolina's coast are fighting again to keep oil companies from drilling in nearby waters after the Trump administration recently renewed federal efforts to open the Mid-Atlantic region to oil and gas extraction. 

Recent declines in gas prices aren’t expected to continue. The Charlotte-based motorclub AAA Carolinas expects prices this spring to rise to levels not seen since the summer of 2015 when Americans were paying an average of $2.81 a gallon for regular. Prices in North Carolina have declined each of the last three weeks, standing currently at $2.41 a gallon. AAA says drivers will start to see prices spike upward in early April, a time when refineries finish maintenance and start to switch over to more expensive summer-blend gasolines.

Pitt County Schools Dropout Rate Continues Downward Trend

Feb 28, 2018
Pitt County Schools

Pitt County Schools is taking some of the credit for declining high school dropout rates. 

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline project continues to move forward with the approval of an air quality permit Tuesday for a compressor station in Northampton County. 

The State has awarded $700,000 to more than 70 counties and city governments to support local management programs that help residents recycle televisions and computers. 


The Navy held a second public meeting in Down East Carteret County Wednesday evening to explain a new round of drinking well water testing in areas near Marine Corp Outlying Landing Field Atlantic.  

Ocracoke Residents Voice Opposition To Offshore Drilling

Feb 21, 2018
Hyde County

About a dozen Ocracoke Island residents spoke out against the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling at a public hearing on Tuesday.  

Onslow County

A substance abuse and mental health crisis center is on track to open in Jacksonville later this year.

Widespread flu activity continues in North Carolina.  Seventeen more people have died from the flu, the fifth straight week in which more than 10 people have died from the virus.  

A new business coming to Beaufort County will bring a $2.7 million investment to the area. The Governor’s Office has announced that InterMarket Technology Inc. will locate its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility to Washington. InterMarket manufactures point-of-purchase displays for such companies as Nestle, Coke, Pepsi and Dollar General as well as recycling bins. Operations in Washington will create 57 jobs over the next three years.

Duke University

The U.S. Department of Defense is funding a study to determine how drones could help the military mitigate storm damage and monitor forest fires at training facilities along the North Carolina coast.  

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Communities along the North Carolina coast turn to beach nourishment as a way to deal with shoreline erosion.  Now, there’s a new approach that speeds up the review of beach nourishment projects and their impact on wildlife. 

Google Maps

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has fined the owner of a Jones County swine farm after an investigation revealed nearly a million gallons of wastewater was discharged into a nearby wooded area. 


The North Carolina Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting Thursday on an intersection improvement project in New Bern.


Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Across the country and right here in eastern North Carolina, the flu season is hitting hard.   95 deaths in our state have been attributed to the flu so far, and the season is still gaining intensity.  Jared Brumbaugh reports on how local hospitals are impacted by a virulent strain of influenza called H3N2, and why it’s being blamed for a more deadly season.


Progress is being made on the passenger only ferry that will take tourists from Hatteras directly to Ocracoke Village during the busy summer travel season.

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.