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Local research is changing the way we understand insulin resistance and problems with metabolism in middle age.  Dr. Maria Torres sheds new light on cell mitochondria and its impact on cardiovascular disease and diabetes, especially in women.

NC Department of Commerce

The North Carolina Department of Commerce has released the economic development tier rankings for 2018, and three counties in eastern North Carolina will be changing their designation in the New Year. 

New laws affecting drone usage in the state take effect December 1, 2017. One of two new laws prohibits drone usage within a 500 foot horizontal distance or a 250 foot vertical distance of a prison, jail or any correction or containment facility. The other law clarifies that state drone laws also apply to model aircraft as well, though model aircraft remain exempt from the state’s permitting requirements for drones.

Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed Friday, Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day in North Carolina. A press release from the state Department of Health and Human Services says the Department is joining with the Governor on the proclamation. A press release from the Department report that as of December 2016 there were an estimated 36,700 people living with HIV or AIDS in North Carolina with approximately 2600 of them unaware of their infection. According to the most recent North Carolina HIV/STD Surveillance Report, 1399 adults and adolescents were diagnosed with HIV in the state in 2016.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension is bringing its business training classes to farmers in the state's eastern region. 

Lenoir County Public Schools

Lenoir County Public Schools is one of four school systems in Eastern North Carolina to receive a state grant that helps fund computer science classes. 

Farm Labor Organizing Committee

A farmworkers’ union in Eastern North Carolina is trying to stop a state law that makes it harder for farmworkers to collectively bargain.


With record breaking numbers of people traveling this Thanksgiving holiday, the State Department of Transportation is doing their part to make travel safer and more efficient.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.


Beaufort Police Department is now among more than 20 other departments in Eastern North Carolina that carry the opioid overdose-antidote naloxone.

The Republican tax bill, which recently passed in the House , would cost North Carolina public schools more than $5 billion over the next decade if it becomes law. 

Low income and uninsured people in Onslow County can now receive dental treatment at a new clinic in Jacksonville.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

NC Parks

The State of North Carolina is evaluating the suitability of a state park on the Black River in parts of Sampson, Bladen and Pender counties. 

Roughly a year after Hurricane Matthew devastated areas of eastern North Carolina, the State is employing experts to conduct studies on four rivers in the region.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

National Spinning Co. Inc

National Spinning Company recently announced that they will shut down their plant in Duplin County by the end of the year.  Now, state and local officials have started the process of attracting another business to the area.  

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The North Carolina Coastal Federation is seeking commercial watermen for their annual on-the-water Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project.  


The North Carolina Department of Transportation gathering public input on a proposed widening project in Greenville.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 


Two first-time mayoral candidates in their 30s won major races in Eastern North Carolina yesterday, defeating opponents with more experience in city government.  

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division is switching to a winter schedule today for one of its popular summer routes.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

During the peak summer months between Memorial Day and mid-September, the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry offers 36 round trip departures per day. Now, Public Information Officer for the Ferry Division Tim Hass says they are cutting the number of runs in half.

INTRO – On September 3, 1991 North Carolina experienced its worst industrial disaster when a fire broke out at a chicken processing plant in the Richmond County town of Hamlet, killing 25. The view at the time was that spendthrift owners neglected safety to save a buck. But a new book theorizes that the plant fire was the end result of a changing relationship between government, industry and people. George Olsen has more.

When Bryant Simon began his research into events surrounding the Hamlet Imperial Foods plant fire there was no wiggle room in where blame for the tragedy lay.

Voters Have a Choice in Greenville Mayoral Race

Nov 3, 2017
City of Greenville

Two Greenville City Council members are giving voters a choice in the city’s first contested, incumbent-less mayoral race in a decade. The competitive race began soon after former Mayor Allen Thomas resigned before the end of his term.


The State Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting November 8th on a proposed roundabout in Carteret County.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.        

The NCDOT has developed a design concept for the roundabout project, would be located in Beaufort at the intersection of US 70 and N.C. Highway 101.  In North Carolina, crashes of all types have been reduced by almost half where roundabouts have been installed at existing intersections.

“It will be one of the three key entry points to our community.”

Arizona State University

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  The neurodegenerative disease affects over five million people in the United States.  That number is expected to grow to 16 million by 2050.  With no cure and no long term treatments, new studies are focused on early detection.  This year, researchers discovered a way to detect Alzheimer’s even before the onset of symptoms in people at genetic risk for developing the disease.  

NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

A celebration of one of the state’s most famous self-taught artists takes place in Wilson Thursday, Nov. 2 with the official dedication of a park featuring his unique structures.


The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has requested modifications to the way the Atlantic Coast Pipeline crosses some streams in the state.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

City of Greenville

Greenville is receiving the largest green infrastructure loan in state history to help fund the replacement of a roughly 90-year-old culvert in the heart of the city's Uptown district. 

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission board has approved its first ever plan to manage alligator populations in the state, which could eventually allow alligator hunting.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The plan, developed by the N.C. Alligator Task Force, outlines conditions under which alligators could be hunted in North Carolina. However, approval of the plan did not establish an alligator hunting season in the state.  Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator Allen Boynton.

Drivers are warned to exercise caution on the roads with increased deer activity. Deer activity increases between October and December with mating and hunting seasons, increasing the likelihood of animal related automotive collisions. A press release from the state Department of Transportation says there were 17,901 animal related crashes in 2016… slightly below 2015’s total by 136. Over the past three years there have been close to 54,000 collisions, with 14 people dying during those collisions and 3356 injuries, 51 being serious.

The state’s infant mortality rate was down slightly in 2016. The state Department of Health and Human Services reports the state infant mortality rate for 2016 was 7.2 deaths per 1000 births, down 1.4 percent from the 2015 rate of 7.3 infant deaths. A press release from the department says the infant mortality rate seems to have plateaued, noting the rate was 7 in 2010, the state’s lowest ever rate.  There is a wide disparity in infant mortality among racial groups. White women had an infant mortality rate of 5 in 2016 while the rate for African American women was 13.4 per 1000 births.


The Navy is conducting well water testing in the unincorporated town of 558 people, Atlantic, in Down East Carteret County to make sure compounds used in firefighting activities aren’t present.  

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New research points to a high fat, low carbohydrate diet increasing longevity and improving muscle coordination and brain function in aging mice.  Will this new way of thinking about diet and aging buck the trend of the “traditional low-fat diet?”