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New Bern, NC – Coming up on this week's show we speak with the directorn of the state ferry divison and will find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.

Morehead City, NC – Parkinson disease is a brain disorder currently affecting 1.5 million Americans. Andy Anderson is a Carteret County author and artist and living with Parkinson's disease. Anderson is also the Executive Director of Potters for Parkinsons, which raises awareness for those living with the disease. Public Radio East Free-lance reporter Patricia Raskin speaks with Andy Anderson and his wife Marlene to discuss why founded the group.

UNC-CH study examines low flu vaccination rates

New Bern, NC – INTRO - The Center for Disease Control estimates that about 36,000 Americans die each year from flu-related symptoms. It's a number which undoubtedly would come down with better targeting of flu vaccine to at-risk groups. But a UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health study indicates the first hurdle in achieving that is alerting those at high-risk that they are in fact at high-risk. George Olsen has more.

New Bern, NC – Over 20 years ago, the AIDS virus was first discovered in the United States. Since then, AIDS diagnoses have gone from epidemic proportions, to being considered a manageable disease. However, that doesn't mean the virus isn't dangerous. Although the overall amount of diagnoses per year has leveled off the AIDS virus is increasing among minority populations both in urban areas and right here in Eastern North Carolina. Megen George reports

Gloucester, NC – It's challenging enough to serve in the military and face deployment, but what about a second or third deployment? How do our military personnel, many under the age of 21, shoulder the stress and responsibility? PRE's Barbara Blake talks to two marines from Camp Lejeune on the eve of their second deployment.

Gang resistance education at Newport Middle School

New Bern, NC – INTRO - A part of the social studies program for 6th graders at Newport Middle School seeks to curtail a problem that has vexed larger urban populations. George Olsen has more.

Educating area youngsters to compete in today's marketplace is typically a focus and not keeping them out of gangs. Yet that's what Newport Middle School is aiming toward.

Joan Carris reviews "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson

New Bern, NC – Public Radio East commentator (and noted children's author herself) Joan Carris continues an occasional series on the best in children's literature with a look at Barbara Robinson's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever."

Morehead City, NC – The Holiday Season is a time of joy and thanks yet for many, it's also one of the most stressful times of the year. Patricia Raskin Freelance reporter for Public Radio East, sat down with Doctor Bill Rawls MD, of Sound Side Health care in Morehead City, Specializing in Gynecology Primary care and Integrated medicine. They discussed ways to handle Holiday stress, and how to eat well during holiday festivities.

New Bern, NC – This week you'll hear a discussion with State Attorney General Roy Cooper about protecting your children from online predators. It's that time of year again... we'll explore the dilemma of enjoying the holiday food without gaining the weight.

New Bern, NC – The nursing shortage is a national problem. We'll see how it's affecting Eastern North Carolina. Onslow County has announced it's ready for tsunamis and Music Director Sefton Wiggs offers his review of a new take on Aaron Copeland.

New Bern, NC – The nursing shortage is a national problem. We'll see how it's affecting Eastern North Carolina. Onslow County has announced it's ready for tsunamis and Music Director Sefton Wiggs offers his review of a new take on Aaron Copeland.

New Bern, NC – The nursing shortage is a national problem. We'll see how it's affecting Eastern North Carolina. Onslow County has announced it's ready for tsunamis and Music Director Sefton Wiggs offers his review of a new take on Aaron Copeland.

New Bern, NC – Public Radio East commentator Joan Carris has just released her 14th children's book. George Olsen speaks with the author about "Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit". Small acts of kindness occur everyday, but freelance contributor Barbara Blake tells us about an extraordinary act of kindness that's happening in down east Carteret County.

New Bern, NC – Unfortunately, the exploitation of children happens in a number of ways. However, the advent of social networking sites like myspace, facebook, xanga, and friendster have aided child predators by leaps and bounds. Although these sites are a great way to meet new people and reunite friends, State Attorney General Roy Cooper says they're also providing online predators with even more opportunities to lure unsuspecting children.

New Bern, NC – Pitt County Memorial Hospital and The Brody School of Medicine are offering an alternative to Gastric Bypass weightloss surgery. We travel to an artist's colony on Bald Head Island and Commentator Marion Blackburn teaches us the "Zen of Grandmother".

New Bern, NC – North Carolina legislators are currently studying the uses of complementary and alternative medicines. We'll hear from an area pharmacist who incorporates both. Public Radio East Music Director Sefton Wiggs reviews a new take on John Adams, and author Joan Carris shares her latest commentary.

New Bern, NC – Election Day is nearing and Public Radio East offers a preview of some of the area's high profile races with feature stories on the State Supreme Court Justice Race as well as competitive congressional races.

New Bern, NC – The nursing shortage is a term that's been circulating around Eastern North Carolina for a few years now. More and more of the area's community colleges are touting their nursing programs, and hospitals are encouraging high school grads to pursue a career in what seems to be a field desperate for workers. But, what are the causes of this shortage and just how is it affecting hospitals, doctors' offices and other businesses that require the help of nurses? Megen George has this report.

Onslow County Tsunami Ready program

New Bern, NC – INTRO - Hurricane season came to a close Thursday, which likely means emergency officials are already making plans for the 2007 season starting next June. One county's emergency management department marked the end of the 2006 season by announcing they're prepared for another natural event never before seen on the U-S East Coast. George Olsen has more.

New Bern, NC – Americans are among the most overweight people in the nation some dangerously so. Many people who reach dangerous levels of obesity turn to weight loss surgeries, such as gastric bypass. Pitt County Memorial Hospital and The Brody School of Medicine are now offering an alternative to gastric bypass surgery laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, or LAP-BAND surgery. Megen George recently spoke with Dr. William Chapman, chief of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at PCMH.

"Welcome to the Bed & Biscuit" - Joan Carris

New Bern, NC – INTRO - Public Radio East commentator Joan Carris has just released her 14th children's book Welcome to the Bed & Biscuit. It's a fantasy set around a farm-full of talking animals as usual, the humans just aren't listening and what happens when a new animal comes in and upsets the mix. George Olsen spoke with the author and his this.

New Bern, NC – Onslow County may be most well known for being the home to two military bases. Camp Lejeune and New River Marine Corps Air Station. Onslow county also boasts miles of beaches, and farmland. However, Onslow county is also known for something else. The county has the highest number of child abuse cases in the state. Megen George has this report

New Bern, Nc – Onslow County has the highest rates of child abuse in the state. We'll look into efforts the county is making to curb the numbers. And we talk with New York Times Best Seller, author Nicholas Sparks. He's about to release his newest novel.

New Bern, Nc – The Crystal Coast Book Festival is underway in Carteret County. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We take a trip to a retreat created especially for those dealing with the disease.

New Bern, NC – More and more North Carolina families are opting to educate their children at home. State legislators are asking the public to speak out on alternative forms of medicine and healthcare and Regular Commentator Marion Blackburn says politics and religion aren't the only topics that are off limits during polite conversation.

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INTRO - Yesterday we heard from the Republican candidate for the District Ten House seat Willie Ray Starling, who defeated the incumbent in a special election. Today we profile the Democratic candidate for House District Ten Van Braxton, a Kinston City Councilman and owner of a small Greene County farm. George Olsen has this.

New Bern, NC – You heard the feature story, now you can hear Megen George's entire interview with District 2 Senate Candidate Jean Preston.

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