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New Bern, NC – Over the past few years there have been considerable changes to the Medicare benefits program. One of those is the development of Medicare Advantage plans. We'll take a closer look at how the plans are shaping up. We'll also hear a commentary from Marion Blackburn, and take an in depth look into the state's drought conditions.

New Bern, NC – A recent study conducted by the National Audubon Society shows a decline in common bird species numbers in North Carolina. Several Pitt County organizations are collaborating to offer free AIDS testing, and we'll hear a music review from PRE's Sefton Wiggs.

New Bern, NC – The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research recently conducted a study looking at the success rate of charter schools in the state. Over all their findings showed many of the schools didn't make the grade. Megen George has this report...

Atlantic, NC – Over the course of the Summer Public Radio East is traveling up and down the North Carolina coast taking you to coastal towns and fishing villages faced with the task of capitalizing on development while still maintaining their cultural identity. This month we travel Down East where residents are at odds with county commissioners over increasing development.

New Bern, NC – This week on The Down East Journal we continue our series of stories looking at small fishing villages and coastal communities that are dealing with increasing residential and commercial development. This month we travel Down East. We'll also find out what's going on in ENC during the Weekly Arts Calendar.

Audubon cites decline in numbers of common bird species

New Bern, NC –
INTRO - A study released earlier this month by the National Audubon Society reveals a 54% decline in numbers of twenty common bird species in the United States over the past 40 years. That decline is affecting birds in North Carolina as well. George Olsen has more.

N-C Hunger Forum seeks 50% reduction in hunger rate

New Bern, NC – INTRO - In 1996 the World Food Summit Declaration from the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was issued, declaring a goal of cutting worldwide hunger in half by 2015. There's a similar goal in North Carolina, as the North Carolina Hunger Forum recently held public forums to work toward cutting hunger in the state by 50 per cent by 2015 as well. George Olsen has more.

New Bern, NC – Coming up on this week's show, we'll get a glimpse into a program that puts teens on the straight and narrow using a courtroom of their peers. There will also be details surrounding the high stroke rate in Lenoir County and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.

New Bern, NC – Coming up on this week's show... we'll look at trends in the current legislature. Public Radio East Commentator Marion Blackburn travels to Paris, and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during the weekly arts calendar.

New Bern, NC – The current North Carolina legislative session is in its waning months, but before budgets are finalized and last minute bills are approved, the NC Center for Public Policy Research has released the latest trends in the current legislature. Megen George has this report...

Greenville, NC – While regular commentator Marion Blackburn's husband was away for a month, she decided to take a trip of her own without ever leaving her Greenville home.

New Bern, NC – Coming up on this week's show, ENC residents, professors and nutritionists weigh in on how television and advertising influence women's perceptions of themselves. PRE Music Director Sefton Wiggs has a new music review, Regular Commentator Joan Carris welcomes Spring, and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.

New Bern, NC – Coming up on this week's show, ECU's Laupus Library is hosting an exhibit looking at the history of women in medicine. A series of lectures is also planned in conjunction with the event. One of which focused on how gender changed the history of medicine. We'll hear a commentary from Wilmington author Nan Graham, and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.

New Bern, NC – Coming up on this week's show, it's up to teachers to inspire students, but where do teachers go for inspiration? PRE Commentator Chuck Twardy remembers the late Kurt Vonnegut, and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.

Ocracoke, NC – North Carolina teachers give their all when it comes to educating our children, but who teaches the teachers and rekindles their creativity and inspiration? PRE's Barbara Blake talks to Alton Ballance of Ocracoke Island about a new campus for public school teachers.

Greenville, NC – During the month of May, the Laupus Library at East Carolina University's Health Sciences Building is hosting an exhibit looking at the history of women in medicine. As part of the exhibit the library is also hosting a series of speakers. The first in this series was Dr. Regina Morantz-Sanchez who discussed how gender changed the history of medicine. Public Radio East's Megen George has the story.

Oriental, NC – Eastern North Carolina is growing and changing. Many waterfront communities look quite different compared with just 5 or 10 years ago. Over the course of the summer Public Radio East will take you to towns up and down the inner banks that are faced with increasing residential and commercial development. Our first stop is Oriental, the sailing capital of North Carolina.

"The Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks" - Carmine Prioli & Scott Taylor

New Bern, NC – We'll learn what Pitt County Memorial Hospital is doing to prepare for a possible flu pandemic. PRE Music Director Sefton Wiggs offers his latest music review, and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our Weekly Arts Calendar. Those stories and more on The Down East Journal.

New Bern, NC – Our series North Carolina Voices: Continuing College comes to a close as we measure the quality of a college education. North Carolina's high school students could be facing a more challenging set of graduation requirements. We'll also find out what's going on in ENC during our Weekly Arts Calendar. Those stories and more on The Down East Journal.

New Bern, NC – Advanced math and foreign language classes will soon be requirements for students attending North Carolina High Schools. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Rebecca Garland, the Executive Director of the State Board of Education.

New Bern, NC – Marjorie Hudson is the author of "Searching for Virginia Dare: A Fool's Errand" published by Press 53.

PCMH prepares for influenza pandemic

New Bern – INTRO - The state Department of Health and Human Services predicts an influenza pandemic could affect nearly 3-million state residents and a severe outbreak could result in 65,000 deaths. When that pandemic could strike the state is a mystery, so preparations for the event are underway. George Olsen has more.

ECU study indicates exercise and study can go together

New Bern, NC – INTRO - A study conducted by ECU indicates a two-fold benefit to exercise periods for students. George Olsen has more.

New Bern, NC – Over 40 years after President Johnson first defined a federal policy of affirmative action, support for race based preferences may be waning. North Carolina's orininal copy of the Bill of Rights is touring the state, and regular commentator Joan Carris's love of the printed word is put through its paces.

New Bern, NC – Recent statistics show cardio vascular disease is the number one killer of women 25 and older, however only 13 percent of women view heart disease as a threat. We continue our series, North Carolina Voices: Considering College and look at the increasing numbers of working age adults returning to college.

New Bern, NC – The placement of a Naval Outlying Landing Field in Eastern North Carolina is one of the most contentious issues facing the area in years. Despite heated opposition by area residents and environmental groups, the Navy maintains a site in Beaufort and Washington Counties located 5 miles from a wildlife refuge is the preferred site for the OLF, and plans to present this finding in a series of six public hearings. Megen George has the report for Public Radio East...

OLF opponents prepare for public hearings

New Bern, NC – We continue our series North Carolina Voices: Considering College with a story of the struggles facing young Latinos. We'll meet a Camp Lejeune translator who recently ran a marathon in Antarctica. Public Radio East Music Director Sefton Wiggs offers his review of Cherubini's Requiem and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.

New Bern, NC – You may expect to find pockets of gang violence in the state's more urban areas, but gang activity is also happening right here in Eastern North Carolina. Last week the State Department of Insurance announced a statewide increase of insurance rates and residents along the coast could be the most affected. Those stories and more on The Down East Journal.

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