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Jared Brumbaugh

The 2015 Wings Over Wayne Airshow will be held on May 16 thru 17 aboard Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. The Airshow which is a free event to the public is being described as one of the biggest events in North Carolina this year. Mikel Peterson has more.

This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the history of Hammocks Beach in Swansboro, a popular recreation area for African Americans before desegregation.  The State Park announced this week its acquiring 300 acres to help make it a year round attraction.  Plus, the Wings Over Wayne Airshow takes place in Goldsboro next month.   The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.  

Duke University Marine Lab, Dave Johnson

Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort is involved in research using drones to document marine debris on beaches around the world.  We discuss the RACE FOR WATER project, how plastics impact the environment and how similar drone technology eventually be used along the coast of North Carolina.

Sea to Shore Alliance - NOAA

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered whales in our coastal waters, and, while we are making progress in recovering this species, it still faces numerous threats. Studies over the past 20 years have increased our understanding of right whale ecology and habitat needs. Based on this research, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is proposing to expand the existing critical habitat areas. Sarah Finch has more.

North Carolina Arts Council

In 1961, the General Assembly established the North Carolina Awards, the highest civilian honor in the state.  Since its inception, more than 250 notable men and women have been honored by the state of North Carolina.  The Department of Cultural Resources is looking for nominations for this year’s awards.  Today, Mac McKee speaks with web content manager Jeff Miles.

To submit a nomination, click http://www.ncdcr.gov/NCAwards/Nominations/Submit

This week on the Down East Journal, Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort is involved in research using drones to document marine debris on beaches around the world.  We discuss the RACE FOR WATER project, how plastics impact the environment and how similar drone technology eventually be used along the coast of North Carolina. The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on all of the News and Ideas stations. 

Dominion

We detail the 550 mile tri-state Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Supporters say the natural gas project will bring jobs to the “Tar Heel State.”  Opponents worry about decreased property values and the environment.  We talk about the pipeline’s proposed path and hear how it may impact eastern North Carolina.

The Jacksonville/Onslow Council for the Arts is presenting their first ever arts and crafts festival.  The event, Uptown Art Block, will feature demonstrations, interactive arts, and entertainment.   Today, Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director Connie Wenner about the festival happening Saturday, April 18th.

This week on the Down East Journal, we detail the 550 mile tri-state Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Supporters say the natural gas project will bring jobs to the “Tar Heel State.”  Opponents worry about decreased property values and the environment.  We talk about the pipeline’s proposed path and hear how it may impact eastern North Carolina.  And, the first ever Art Block event in Jacksonville.  The Down East Journal, Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on all of the News and Ideas stations.  

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

A new method to rapidly test shellfish for harmful bacteria has been discovered in eastern North Carolina.  We talk to lead researcher Dr. Rachel Noble about the kit they’re developing, which yields results in just a couple hours instead of days.

NC Department of Transportation

We detail the State Transportation Improvement Program which seeks to ease congestion at a local military base and complete the expansion of Highway 17 to a four lane between New Bern and Jacksonville.

Here in eastern North Carolina, we are all looking forward to long-promised road improvements.  Now, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is asking for public feedback on their latest State Transportation Improvement Program released December 4th. Over 1,000 projects are planned affecting every county. Sarah Finch has more.

Do you sometimes hear music or ringing?  Sounds when it's dead quiet?  Well, you're not alone.  We learn about the auditory phenomenon called “musical ear syndrome.” It’s thought that classical composer Robert Schumann may have had the condition.  He heard entire symphonies in his head and used the melodies as inspiration for his works. While no one knows exactly why musical ear syndrome occurs, it is more likely to affect women and people with hearing problems.  Today, Mac McKee speaks with Director for Hearing Loss Help in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania Dr.

NC Civil War History Center

We profile the soon-to-be-built North Carolina Civil War History Center in Fayetteville.  They’re seeking 100 stories from each of North Carolina’s 100 counties for their archive.

This week on the Down East Journal, we profile the soon-to-be-built North Carolina Civil War History Center in Fayetteville.  They’re seeking 100 stories from each of North Carolina’s 100 counties for their archive.  And, we learn about the auditory phenomenon called “musical ear syndrome.”   The Down East Journal, Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on all of the News and Ideas stations.

Public Comment Sought On NC Rail Plan

Mar 9, 2015

The over 3,000 miles of rail in the Tarheel state continues to be critical in serving local industry and consumers.  In December, the draft Comprehensive State Rail Plan was released for public review, part of a 25 year improvement plan.  Sarah Finch reports on one facet of that plan that may bolster the economy, and how increasing passenger rail ridership may expand our options over the next 2 decades.

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.

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

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

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.

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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