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9:44 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Montford Point Marines Memorial Begins Construction in Jacksonville

Credit Montford Point Marine Association http://www.montfordpointmarines.com

A memorial honoring the Montford Point Marines broke ground last week in Jacksonville.  We honor the legacy of the Montford Point Marines and hear a firsthand account of 92 year old Montford Pointer Norman Preston.

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ENC Regional News
10:09 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Public School Drop-out rate hits record low

Public school students dropped out last year at a record low rate. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:08 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Rep. Jones & Butterfield introduce WWII Merchant Marine legislation

Two of North Carolina’s U-S Representatives have introduced bipartisan legislation to aid World War II era Merchant Marines. George Olsen has more.

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The Down East Journal
9:17 am
Tue March 3, 2015

The Down East Journal (03/06/15)

Eastern North Carolina is in line for railroad improvements that will streamline the movement of goods. This week on the Down East Journal, we detail the draft North Carolina Rail Plan and talk with officials about a proposed intermodal facility.  And, a memorial honoring the Montford Point Marines broke ground last week in Jacksonville. Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

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ENC Features
8:55 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Mystery Solved At Roanoke Island Aquarium

Richard Etheridge grave
Credit photo courtesy of NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

During the construction of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in 1980, a mysterious cluster of headstones were stumbled upon.  Instead of being placed vertically like most headstones, these were laid flat.  Until recently no one knew why.  Jared Brumbaugh speaks with the North Carolina Aquarium Exhibition Curator Kitty Dough about the strange cemetery plot which dates back to 1895,  and is the final resting place of a former slave, a Civil War veteran and keeper of the nations first all black lifesaving station.

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ENC Features
8:49 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Civil War Commemoration Events in Kinston This Weekend

The Vessel Runs Aground, April 22, 1864 - In its first foray into action, the Neuse runs aground in the shallow waters of its namesake. Though the bow remained afloat, the Neuse was stuck fast until rising water freed the vessel in mid-May 1864.
Credit nchistoricsites.org

This weekend, the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is holding a grand opening, ribbon cutting and a 150th commemorative program marking the anniversary of the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse.  Events include lectures, living history demonstrations, and displays about military and civilian life, battlefield tour of Wyse Fork and live music.  Mac McKee speaks with Site Interpreter Holly Brown about the history of the Civil War ironclad CSS Neuse and the free event this weekend.

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The Down East Journal
11:42 am
Thu February 26, 2015

The Down East Journal (02/27/15)

A gravesite mystery at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has been solved.   This week on the Down East Journal, the life and legacy of Richard Etheridge, keeper of the nation’s first all-black lifesaving station.   And, a living history program in Kinston commemorates the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse.  Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

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ENC Features
11:05 am
Fri February 20, 2015

More Than 300,000 Acres Of Coastal Waters Close To Shellfishing

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is in the process of placing signage at the recently closed shellfish areas.
Credit NC Division of Marine Fisheries

We talk about the budget-tightening decision and how it will affect local fishermen.

You’ve heard the adage that oysters are safer to eat in months containing an “R.”  It’s February and local oysters are at their peak. Patricia Smith is the Public Information Officer for the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. 

“That’s the time where basically they are not producing, and they are not producing, they are getting fatter.”

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The Down East Journal
9:03 am
Thu February 19, 2015

The Down East Journal (02/20/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, more than 300,000 acres of North Carolina waters have closed to shellfishing.  We talk about the budget-tightening decision and how it will affect local fishermen.  And, we preview “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage” a theatrical symphony performance just for kids.  Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

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ENC Features
11:06 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Meet The New Director of NC Botanical Gardens

Credit http://ncbg.unc.edu/ / NC Botanical Garden

Spring flower bulbs are just beginning to poke out of the ground at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.  Today, the "conservation garden" manages nearly 1,100 acres of land, including natural areas, gardens, and easements.  Since it's  inception, the North Carolina Botanical Garden has grown under the leadership of two previous directors.  This spring, a new director from Texas will leave his mark.  Mac McKee has more.

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ENC Features
7:50 am
Wed February 11, 2015

ECU considers removing Gov. Aycock's name from dormitory

NC Gov. Charles B. Aycock (1901-1905)

INTRO – Next week the ECU Board of Trustees meets in regular session. Among the items on their agenda is a proposed renaming of the Aycock dormitory. Charles B. Aycock was governor from 1901-to-1905 but his part in racist activities prior to his inauguration has raised calls for his name to be removed from the men’s residence hall. George Olsen has more.

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The Down East Journal
3:27 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Down East Journal (02/13/15)

  This week on the Down East Journal, we say goodbye to legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith.  And, we meet with the new director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Damon Waitt talks about his passion for native plants.  Those stories and more on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

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ENC Features
1:52 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

East Carolina University Reviews Guidelines For Fraternities

Credit Sigma Phi Epsilom Facebook

Fraternities are still on restriction at East Carolina University in Greenville, even though police have concluded that a rape reported late last month did not happen.  More on Greek life in the East and the new awareness effort aimed at fraternities and sororities at ECU.

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ENC Features
1:34 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Exhibit Details The History Of North Carolina Highway Patrol

The bumper sticker on this North Carolina State Highway Patrol car indicates the number of traffic fatalities in 1955.
Credit North Carolina State Highway Patrol

No one likes to see blue lights flashing in the rear view mirror.  But the officers who patrol North Carolina’s highways and interstates are sworn to protect and promote safety.  The exhibit "North Carolina State Highway Patrol: Service, Safety, Sacrifice" is currently on display at the Museum of History in Raleigh honors the North Carolina Highway Patrol’s 86 years, with memorabilia including vintage firearms, and a Ford model A coupe.  This week, Mac McKee speaks with North Carolina Highway Patrol Spokesperson Sergeant Mike Baker about the exhibit, the Highway Patrol’s long histo

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ENC Features
1:23 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

"An Uncommon Retrospective" Exhibit At NC History Center

Credit www.tryonpalace.org

Now on exhibit at the Tryon Palace History Center's Duffy Exhibition Gallery, it's "Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective" on view now through Sunday, Feb 22nd.  A North Carolina native, Morton's photography spans eight decades and includes his various experiences as a photojournalist, soldier in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and owner of the Grandfather Mountain tourist attraction.  Morton's images reflect his work, social causes, and personal experience.  Sarah Finch talks to Craig Ramey, the marketing and communications manager for Tryon Palace about the photog

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ENC Features
1:59 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

3rd Annual SciREN Workshop Connects Teachers and Local Scientists

Kellen Lauer and Caitlin White, IMS graduate students, developed a lesson plan about the physical environment in which phytoplankton live, and the structure and function of some of their adaptations that allow them to reamin neutrally buoyant in the water column. Location: NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores.
Credit E. Woodward/ UNC Institute of Marine Sciences.

The University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences, East Carolina University and the Duke University Marine Lab are holding a workshop to bring K-12 teachers together with over 50 local marine and environmental scientists.  The third annual Scientific Research and Education Network event will provide educators with lesson plans on the most current research available.  SciREN is the brainchild of Ph.D candidates Justin Ridge and Ethan Theuerkauf.  Jared Brumbaugh spoke with both of them about the upcoming event.

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ENC Regional News
8:25 am
Wed February 4, 2015

MCAS Cherry Point Assumes Air Traffic Control Responsiblities

Credit Marine Corps Installations East Regional Air Space Coordinator Dave Plummer

On February 5th, Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point will be responsible for civilian and military air traffic control over northeastern North Carolina.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

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The Down East Journal
2:44 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

The Down East Journal (02/06/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the Division of Student Affairs at East Carolina University about a recent allegation of rape at a fraternity on campus.  More on Greek life in the east and the new awareness effort aimed at fraternities and sororities at ECU on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

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ENC Regional News
8:58 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Coastal Crescent Trail Opens In ENC

Mountains to Sea Trail marker on the Neusiok Trail

A new trail has been created here in eastern North Carolina and will serve as an additional option for people seeking to hike across the state.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The Coastal Crescent Trail is part of the 1,000 mile Mountains to Sea Trail and will take hikers through Johnston, Sampson, Cumberland, Bladen, Pender and Onslow counties.  Executive Director of Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail Kate Dixon says the route allows hikers to explore natural and historic sites like Bentonville Battlefield, Suggs Mill Pond and Moores Creek Battlefield.

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ENC Features
9:41 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Draft Sea Level Rise Report Shows Regional Impacts on North Carolina Coast

Credit S. Fegley/UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

We examine a new draft report indicating eastern North Carolina’s susceptibility to sea level rise.  Researches weigh in on last month’s draft report indicating a more than five inch increase in some areas over the next 30 years.  What would that do to areas like Morehead City and the Outer Banks?

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