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An innovative program in northeastern North Carolina is hoping to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM related fields. The partnership between NASA and Elizabeth City State University is creating a mobile classroom that will travel and teach across numerous school districts. Sarah Finch has more on this unique project and how it will influence today’s youth.

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The entire state is now under quarantine as the presence of a tree-killing beetle has been discovered in more counties across North Carolina.  The emerald ash borer is a highly destructive pest, and is responsible for the death or decline of tens of millions of ash trees across the country.  The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued an emergency order last week prohibiting ash trees from being moved into non-quarantined areas.  Onslow County horticulture extension agent Lisa Rayburn explains how to identify emerald ash borers and how the pest has spread into

Craven County Schools

As kids head back to school, another local county is adding a supply item fee to the list. This year, Craven County has instituted a self-insurance technology fee for students. Mikel Peterson has more.

This week on the Down East Journal, we remember our friend and colleague Tom "The Jazzman" Mallison.  We talk about his legacy and hear from some of his longtime friends.  And, the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival starts next week at East Carolina University.  Plus, we highlight the Craig Brake Memorial Colors 4 Cancer 5k and 1 mile run/walk event in New Bern next Saturday.

The new US 70 bypass project should shave some time off your drive to the beach.  But residents are concerned with the impacts to homes and business in the path of the proposed route.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with NCDOT officials who outline the project and address concerns.  And, you don’t normally associate manatees with North Carolina, but an increase in sightings have been reported this summer.  We talk to a Carteret County man about his recent encounter.  

NCDOT

It’s still years away from completion, but the U.S. 70 bypass in Havelock should make your trip to the beach faster.  A public meeting was held August 31st at the Havelock Tourist and Events Center where residents were able to ask questions and share their concerns with North Carolina Department of Transportation officials.  Jared Brumbaugh spoke with DOT Eastern Region Project Development Section Head Robert Hanson and Project Engineer Brian Yomomoto about how the bypass could affect residents, how they use comments from the public and the plan moving forward.

We remember Tom "The Jazzman" Mallison by hearing from colleagues, friends and musicians who knew him best.

Tom Mallison, best known to Public Radio East listeners as the host of An Evening with Tom the Jazzman, passed away Sunday night, September 6.

Tom's program has been a constant on Public Radio East since the station first signed on in 1984, but before that he was bringing jazz to eastern North Carolina while working with stations such as  WITN-FM, WRQR-FM and WOOW-AM.

Governor McCrory has announced the latest winners of the state’s Heritage Awards. George Olsen has more.

Contributed Photo; Ken Banks

You don’t normally associate manatees with North Carolina, but an increase in sightings have been reported this summer.  We talk to a Carteret County man about his recent run in with a manatee. 

Contributed video. Used with permission from Ken Banks.

GREENVILLE – The city of Greenville has hired a new Chief of Police. Mark Holtzman is currently chief of police in Hagerstown, MD and has over 24 years of law enforcement experience. He holds two degrees from the University of Baltimore including a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He is also a 2012 graduate of the FBI National Academy. He’ll start his new job September 21.

INTRO – The state Department of Public Safety says 43 long-term escapees from the North Carolina prison system have either been captured or confirmed dead. George Olsen has more.

Thomas Sayer

Once known for its tobacco history, Kinston is trying to transition into a destination for art and culture.  Today, we hear learn about a new seven-piece installation by famous sculptor Thomas Sayre.

Kinston has undergone a bit of a renaissance in recent years. The area is now home to a thriving art community, a craft brewery, award-winning restaurants, and a rich history. Much of that history goes back to the early 1900’s when tobacco farming here was a way of life. Kinston Community Art Council Executive Director Sandy Landis.

The Governor’s Office has announced the expansion of a Greenville pharmaceutical plant that is expected to bring 110 jobs to the area. George Olsen has more.

We explore local frustration over the new NC Farm ID requirement concerning backyard chickens.  Some residents are scoffing at the penalty free obligation, regarding it an invasion of privacy.  But state agriculture officials are warning of an potentially devastating outbreak of avian influenza.

“It’s something I look forward to every morning.  Coming out here and collecting eggs, and the kids like to feed them and collect the eggs too”

That’s New Bern resident Genevieve Daniels. She’s raised a flock chickens for four years now, for fun and for food.

It’s a fact, an avian flu outbreak would cripple our local economy.  This week on the Down East Journal we explore local frustration over the new NC Farm ID requirement concerning backyard chickens.  Some residents are scoffing at the penalty free obligation, regarding it an invasion of privacy.  But state agriculture officials are warning of a worst case scenario. Both sides make their case – Friday at noon on all of the Public Radio Stations on the Down East Journal.

To view the NC Farm ID form, go to http://www.ncagr.gov/ncfarmid/ 

INTRO – A new report puts some numbers on the impact of the military’s presence in North Carolina. George Olsen has more.

Clues are being uncovered at an archeological site in Bertie County that may reveal what happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke. 

Classic yellow buses with stop arms out will mark the beginning of another school year.  But more and more drivers in eastern North Carolina are ignoring the most basic of safety rules.  So now, school districts in Pitt, Martin, Nash, and New Hanover counties are taking measures into their own hands, literally.  Sarah Finch has more.

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum

Whether its baseball, basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse or soccer, sports are everywhere.  They’re a part of our history and culture in eastern North Carolina and around the country.  The traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Hometown Teams,” which is now on display on Harkers Island, connects small communities across the United States to paint a picture on how sports shape American.  This week, Mac McKee speaks with the Director of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum Karen Amspacher about the exhibit.

You’ve seen the videos, heart stopping close calls for students and bus drivers.  This week on the Down East Journal, how local school systems are beefing up safety protocols as kids head into the new school year.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

INTRO – Eating out in North Carolina has changed in recent decades. The franchise restaurants and local family-style establishments have been with us for multiple decades and remain with us. But a newer style of dining has taken root in the state that emphasizes its ties WITH the state. A new book by one of the state’s most prolific restaurant reviewers takes a look at that trend. George Olsen has more.

Uprooted Photographer

Florida-based marine research and recovery corporation Intersal has sued the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources over rights to the Queen Anne’s Revenge after withdrawing a similar case from the Office of Administrative Hearings in June. Lee Jenkins has more on the lawsuit and what led up to it.

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It's been quiet in the tropics this hurricane season, and that trend will continue according to forecasters.  The updated forecast from the NOAA's Climate Prediction Center indicates that a below-normal hurricane season is very likely. The outlook calls for a 90% chance of a below-normal season, the highest probability given by NOAA for any such season since their seasonal hurricane outlooks began in August 1998.

Luis Lamar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Scientists were on an expedition more than a hundred miles off the coast of North Carolina when they accidently discovered a centuries old shipwreck.  We speak with the expedition leader about their rare find and the artifacts that lie more than a mile below the ocean’s surface. 

Scientists were on an expedition more than a hundred miles off the coast of North Carolina when they accidently discovered a centuries old shipwreck.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with the expedition leader about their rare find and the artifacts that lie more than a mile below the ocean’s surface.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

The North Carolina History Center in New Bern is hosting "The Tuscarora World and New Bern In Maps."  It's a new, free exhibit of 15 rare maps depicting the North Carolina coastal region and Tuscarora history from 1590 to 1800.  Lee Jenkins visited the History Center and has this audio tour of the exhibit.

A public hearing on a proposed water quality permit for Duke Energy Progress' Sutton Energy Complex has been moved to August 6. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is collecting public comments on the draft modified wastewater and stormwater discharge permit for the electrical generating plant, located west of Wilmington. Modifications to the permit were prompted by DENR's reclassification of Sutton Lake from "treatment unit" to the "waters of the state."

The City of New Bern has begun resurfacing roads across town. Lee Jenkins has more.

The city plans to resurface 14 roads over the course of the next 120 days. Currently, construction crews are working on Trent Road, 2nd Avenue, 3rd Street, and 5th street. After that crews will begin working in the Pembroke subdivision and the Sunnyside neighborhood. Crews will finish by resurfacing the road to Derby Park and parts of Elizabeth Avenue. Director of Public Works Matt Montaigne says the city will try to make the process as painless for commuters as possible.

As summer continues, vector-borne diseases become more prevalent in Eastern NC. Lee Jenkins has more on Onslow County’s vector-borne disease season.

Long, hot days and summer showers provide the perfect breeding ground for ticks and mosquitoes, who in turn incubate diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and West Nile Virus. Several probable cases of these diseases and others, like Lyme Disease and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, were reported during the spring and summer in Onslow County.

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How safe is your beach?  We talk to the State Recreational Water Quality Program Manager about testing the water at more than 200 locations, from Corolla to Sunset Beach.

When it comes to a trip to the beach, there are hazards you are aware of.  Sunburn, getting caught in a rip current, stepping on a shell or piece of glass, or in very rare cases, being bitten by a shark.  But there’s also hazards you may not consider, such as water quality.  

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