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9:26 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Eastern Seaboard Opens For Offshore Energy Exploration

A pod of bow-riding Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) offshore from Cape Lookout. In North Carolina, they live in warm temperate waters along the continental shelf.
Credit Dr. Craig A. Harms, NC State University

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is allowing offshore energy exploration to take place along the East Coast, using controversial seismic air guns to find gas and oil deposits.  A feature about the surveys and the safeguards in place to mitigate impacts to marine life.

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ENC Features
9:13 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Conversation with Lisa Fischer

Credit www.lisafischermusic.com

We speak with highly praised and often used background singer Lisa Fischer about her Oscar award winning documentary "Twenty Feet From Stardom" and her performance in Raleigh on Saturday, July 26th.

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ENC Features
12:00 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Study Explores Economic Potiental for Highway 70

N.C. 44, the first section of the future U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass, now open to traffic north of Goldsboro from I-795 to Wayne Memorial Drive.
Credit North Carolina Department of Transportation

A recently released study found that upgrading highway 70 could bring economic prosperity to eastern North Carolina. 

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ENC Features
12:00 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Public Meetings Scheduled On Fracking Issue

North Carolina residents now have the opportunity to affect fracking policy. The state Mining and Energy Commission is accepting comments and suggestions regarding their proposed regulations. Lee Jenkins has more.

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ENC Regional News
4:06 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Substandard bridges remain numerous in NC

INTRO – AAA Carolinas says the state has over 5100 bridges considered substandard. George Olsen has more.

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Arts & Culture
7:49 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Traditional Duets - Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins

Traditional Duets - Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins

INTRO – If you like your country or acoustic music slick and highly produced, don’t buy the following CD by Raleigh’s Lynda Dawson and Greenville’s Pattie Hopkins. One guitar, one fiddle, two voices … that’s it … and the CD’s title tells you everything you need to know about the music inside. George Olsen talked with Lynda & Pattie and has this.

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ENC Regional News
2:02 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Mining and Energy Commission Holding Fracking Hearings

North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission will accept public comments on its proposed oil and gas development regulations. Lee Jenkins reports.

The regulations were drafted in response to the Energy Modernization Act, which legalized fracking. The Commission is currently allowing citizens to offer suggestions and feedback to the proposed rules via written and oral comments. While the commission will examine all comments, it will more heavily consider suggestions with a strong factual basis. Commissioner Jim Womack:

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ENC Regional News
1:57 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

City of Washington Recieves Grant for Historic District

The City of Washington will soon resurvey its Historic District using grant money from the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund.  The grant amounts to 11,000 dollars, and the District is one of the largest of its kind in the state. According to Washington’s Community Development Planner Jennifer Brenan, the survey may take up to a year to complete.

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ENC Regional News
1:20 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Morehead City Hosts Coastal Plain All-Star Game

The Coastal Plain Baseball League is holding its All-Star game tonight, and Governor Pat McCrory plans to attend. Lee Jenkins Reports.

The game starts at seven in Big Rock Stadium. The top players from all of the league’s teams will be participating. Morehead City city manager David Whitlow states that, while he’s unsure as to why Governor McCrory’s attending, he’s certainly glad to have him at the game.

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ENC Features
12:30 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Winner Of The Down East Journal Theme Announced

Credit Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services

The Down East Journal has a new theme song composed by ECU grad Joshua Tomlinson.  He recently finished up his masters degree in music theory and composition.  Now he's enjoying his summer break and preparing to start a doctoral program at the University of Oklahoma.  We caught up with Tomlinson this week to tell him the good news.

Thank you to all of the student composers who submitted ideas for the contest:

Isaac Ward


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ENC Features
11:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

The Outliers Opened Pamlico Opry Series at Turnage Theater

Credit www.theoutliersband.com

Public Radio East is a media sponsor for the Pamlico Opry summer series.  It starts this weekend at the Turnage Theater and is sponsored by the Beaufort County Arts Council and the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association.  Kicking off the series is Raleigh based bluegrass/americana band "The Outliers" this Saturday at 8pm.  Mac McKee speaks with band member Julie Brown about her beginnings in music and her career with The Outliers.

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ENC Features
10:54 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Pirate Invasion in Bath

Bath is celebrating its pirate heritage this weekend with its “There Be Pirates in the Port” event, featuring a historical re-enactment of the report of Blackbeard’s death and two lectures examining the life of Blackbeard and other pirates. 

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ENC Features
2:37 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Second Helping Program in Emerald Isle

Credit Second Helping - Holden Beach http://www.secondhelping.us/

When vacationers leave the beach, they often end up throwing away unused food.  But a program that started last month called Second Helping collects unwanted food and donates it to local food pantries. 

It’s peak time for vacation season at the beach. And now a new program is collecting leftover food from vacationers as they exit the Crystal Coast. Mikel Peterson has more.

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ENC Regional News
1:29 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Ocracoke still cleaning up after Arthur

Hyde County experienced minor flooding, storm surge, and widespread property debris on the north end of Ocracoke Island.   The high winds knocked down 30 power poles on Ocracoke.  Electricity was restored around 10 pm Saturday.  Emergency Services Director Justin Gibbs says the major impact came from wind damage.  “they’re working on obtaining some additional resources to assist with debris cleanup.  I think they’re looking at getting an additional chipper and an additional dump truck to go over to Ocracoke to try to expedite the process.” Gibbs says it will be at least another wee

ENC Features
10:04 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Red Wolf Recovery Program Under Review

Endangered Red Wolf at the North Carolina Zoo
Credit Jared Brumbaugh

A program that saved the red wolf from extinction could come to an end.  This week, we talk to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official about the experimental Red Wolf Recovery Program and the review that will determine its effectiveness.

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ENC Features
10:03 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Solar Project Planned in ENC

Credit Duke Energy Renewables

The largest solar farm east of the Mississippi will break ground soon in northeastern North Carolina.  We explore the Capital Partners Solar Project, which will provide power to universities in Washington DC.

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ENC Regional News
2:33 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Grants for two businesses in ENC

Grants are being awarded to two businesses in the East to help spur economic growth and help the environmentBefore June 30th, the Recycling Business Assistance Center will award $800,000 in matching grants to 32 companies throughout the state.  According to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the grants will help generate more than 80 jobs and $1.6 million dollars in new business investments.  Companies that receive grant money must match at least 50 percent of their award.  New East Recycling and Container Service in

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ENC Regional News
2:24 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Park Service seeks comment on off road vehicles

Public input is being sought as the National Park Service develops guidelines for off road vehicle use at Cape Lookout. The off road vehicle management plan seeks to evaluate whether or not to allow off road vehicles.  Three statewide public meetings have already taken place and the comment period for the draft Off Road Vehicle Plan remains open through Monday, July 21st.  Cape Lookout National Seashore Park Superintendent Pat Kenney says off road vehicle use must be regulated to minimize impact to coastal wildlife and habitat, and visitors to the park. 

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ENC Features
10:26 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Coal Ash Ponds in Eastern North Carolina

Coal ash ponds are making headlines in North Carolina, and the news isn’t good. Lee Jenkins has more on new proposed legislation and the state of coal ash pits in the eastern part of the state.

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