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Two more counties in Eastern North Carolina have joined the growing list of school districts that plan to close on Wednesday when thousands of teachers from across the state are expected to rally for increased funding for public education. 

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Gov. Cooper's $24.5 billion budget proposal prioritizes public education, workforce development and rural communities.

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State and Federal agencies are seeking public input on how to restore North Carolina’s largest natural lake.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Pitt County Schools To Close On Teacher Advocacy Day

May 9, 2018
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Pitt County Schools plans to close next Wednesday after hundreds of teachers requested the day off to travel to Raleigh and demand state lawmakers increase funding for public education.

Jones Wins 3rd Congressional District GOP Primary

May 9, 2018
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After competing in a contentious Republican primary race, Congressman Walter Jones defeated both of his opponents, securing 43 percent of the vote. 

It was a record year in terms of tourism for North Carolina in 2017.

Primary Election Day 2018

May 7, 2018
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Voters will find out which Republican and Democratic candidates competing in contested primary races will run in this year's general elections after the polls close on Tuesday evening. 

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For the first time in recorded history, Democrats are running in all 170 North Carolina state legislative districts. Some districts have more than one Democrat running. The newly formed NC House District 79, which includes all of Beaufort County and the western half of Craven County, has only one Republican running and two Democrats competing in the primary.

As part of his budget proposal, Gov. Cooper wants the state to invest $60 million in workforce training to help boost job growth.  


The public is quickly adapting to a new form of ID issued by the state Division of Motor Vehicles.


The Navy has decided to extend the testing window to determine if drinking water supplies have been affected by past Navy fire-fighting operations in Down East Carteret County.    

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Hospitals across the United States are dealing with another kind of opioid crisis - limited access to injectable opioids.  As a result, some hospitals and physicians have had to switch to using higher cost alternatives and in some cases delaying or canceling surgeries.  Jared Brumbaugh reports on how hospitals in eastern North Carolina are affected by the nationwide shortage.

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The state has received a $250,000 federal grant to increase K-12 students' access to the internet at home. 

Walter Jones is the least likely Republican in Congress to vote in line with President Trump.  The congressman’s chief primary election challenger, Scott Dacey, is campaigning on this independence from the president to unseat Jones on May 8.


Businesses in three Eastern North Carolina counties are among more than a dozen others across the state that will receive rural economic development funds to add jobs and attract private investment.  

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The next phase of a bridge replacement project in Beaufort will open April 28th.  The new Turner Street bridge will provide access from the Gallants Channel high rise directly into downtown Beaufort.  Construction started in 2015.  Despite numerous delays, Mayor Rett Newton says he’s glad the project is complete.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation will allocate more than $12 million in grants for infrastructure improvement projects at 10 airports across the state. 

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North Carolina continues to lag behind the national average in funding for public schools. 

Early Voting In Statewide Primary Elections underway

Apr 19, 2018
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North Carolina residents can cast their ballots early in this year’s primary elections today through May 5.  

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The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is extending the application period for permitted American alligator hunts for the September 1 to October 1 season. 

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The portraits displayed inside Craven Community College’s Orringer Hall depict an array of different subjects, from students to professors, entrepreneurs to pastors, business leaders to public servants.  All of them are recognized for having a positive influence on the community. And the photos’ subjects share something else in common – they’re all black men. 


A lawsuit pertaining to construction of the U-S 70 Havelock Bypass is expected to be dismissed following signing of a settlement agreement. A press release from the state Department of Transportation says a settlement agreement has been signed by D-O-T and the Sierra Club, allowing the Department to proceed with the U-S 70 Havelock bypass.

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The North Carolina Democratic Party has recruited candidates to run in every state legislative race as part of a strategy to break Republican state lawmakers’ supermajority.  The party’s 100-county strategy also involves boosting voter enthusiasm across the state.  Since February, state Democratic Party leader Wayne Goodwin has been connecting with local party leaders and members in Eastern North Carolina, as part of his rural listening tour.   

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Health officials in Carteret County have noticed an uptick in the number of whooping cough cases in school-aged children so far this year.  

A national assessment examining 4th and 8th grade math and reading skills shows little change in North Carolina over two years.

Plans are being made to convert a Greene County prison to house high security male prisoners. The state Division of Prisons says changes will be made to prisons in three counties to help them address safety, security and operational needs. Among the changes will be converting the Eastern Correctional Institution in Maury which currently houses female inmates into a facility for close custody male inmates who require the highest level of supervision within state prisons.

A pharmaceutical packaging manufacturer will locate its first U-S manufacturing plant in Wilson County. 


Officials want residents to provide input on the Land Use Plan for the Southwest Bypass corridor. 

NC Ferry Division

The Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry routes have returned to their regular published schedule, according to the North Carolina Ferry System. All vehicle size and weight restrictions have also been lifted.  The announcement comes after the U.S.

Congressman Walter Jones's Last Run For Office

Apr 5, 2018
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This mid-term election is the last time Eastern North Carolina voters will see Rep. Walter Jones's name on the ballot.