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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.

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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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This weekend, the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is holding a grand opening, ribbon cutting and a 150th commemorative program marking the anniversary of the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse.  Events include lectures, living history demonstrations, and displays about military and civilian life, battlefield tour of Wyse Fork and live music.  Mac McKee speaks with Site Interpreter Holly Brown about the history of the Civil War ironclad CSS Neuse and the free event this weekend.

A gravesite mystery at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has been solved.   This week on the Down East Journal, the life and legacy of Richard Etheridge, keeper of the nation’s first all-black lifesaving station.   And, a living history program in Kinston commemorates the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse.  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.

NC Division of Marine Fisheries

We talk about the budget-tightening decision and how it will affect local fishermen.

You’ve heard the adage that oysters are safer to eat in months containing an “R.”  It’s February and local oysters are at their peak. Patricia Smith is the Public Information Officer for the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. 

“That’s the time where basically they are not producing, and they are not producing, they are getting fatter.”

This week on the Down East Journal, more than 300,000 acres of North Carolina waters have closed to shellfishing.  We talk about the budget-tightening decision and how it will affect local fishermen.  And, we preview “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage” a theatrical symphony performance just for kids.  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.

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Spring flower bulbs are just beginning to poke out of the ground at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.  Today, the "conservation garden" manages nearly 1,100 acres of land, including natural areas, gardens, and easements.  Since it's  inception, the North Carolina Botanical Garden has grown under the leadership of two previous directors.  This spring, a new director from Texas will leave his mark.  Mac McKee has more.

INTRO – Next week the ECU Board of Trustees meets in regular session. Among the items on their agenda is a proposed renaming of the Aycock dormitory. Charles B. Aycock was governor from 1901-to-1905 but his part in racist activities prior to his inauguration has raised calls for his name to be removed from the men’s residence hall. George Olsen has more.

  This week on the Down East Journal, we say goodbye to legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith.  And, we meet with the new director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Damon Waitt talks about his passion for native plants.  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.

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Fraternities are still on restriction at East Carolina University in Greenville, even though police have concluded that a rape reported late last month did not happen.  More on Greek life in the East and the new awareness effort aimed at fraternities and sororities at ECU.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol

No one likes to see blue lights flashing in the rear view mirror.  But the officers who patrol North Carolina’s highways and interstates are sworn to protect and promote safety.  The exhibit "North Carolina State Highway Patrol: Service, Safety, Sacrifice" is currently on display at the Museum of History in Raleigh honors the North Carolina Highway Patrol’s 86 years, with memorabilia including vintage firearms, and a Ford model A coupe.  This week, Mac McKee speaks with North Carolina Highway Patrol Spokesperson Sergeant Mike Baker about the exhibit, the Highway Patrol’s long histo

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Now on exhibit at the Tryon Palace History Center's Duffy Exhibition Gallery, it's "Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective" on view now through Sunday, Feb 22nd.  A North Carolina native, Morton's photography spans eight decades and includes his various experiences as a photojournalist, soldier in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and owner of the Grandfather Mountain tourist attraction.  Morton's images reflect his work, social causes, and personal experience.  Sarah Finch talks to Craig Ramey, the marketing and communications manager for Tryon Palace about the photog

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The University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences, East Carolina University and the Duke University Marine Lab are holding a workshop to bring K-12 teachers together with over 50 local marine and environmental scientists.  The third annual Scientific Research and Education Network event will provide educators with lesson plans on the most current research available.  SciREN is the brainchild of Ph.D candidates Justin Ridge and Ethan Theuerkauf.  Jared Brumbaugh spoke with both of them about the upcoming event.

Marine Corps Installations East Regional Air Space Coordinator Dave Plummer

On February 5th, Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point will be responsible for civilian and military air traffic control over northeastern North Carolina.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the Division of Student Affairs at East Carolina University about a recent allegation of rape at a fraternity on campus.  More on Greek life in the east and the new awareness effort aimed at fraternities and sororities at ECU on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

A new trail has been created here in eastern North Carolina and will serve as an additional option for people seeking to hike across the state.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The Coastal Crescent Trail is part of the 1,000 mile Mountains to Sea Trail and will take hikers through Johnston, Sampson, Cumberland, Bladen, Pender and Onslow counties.  Executive Director of Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail Kate Dixon says the route allows hikers to explore natural and historic sites like Bentonville Battlefield, Suggs Mill Pond and Moores Creek Battlefield.

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We examine a new draft report indicating eastern North Carolina’s susceptibility to sea level rise.  Researches weigh in on last month’s draft report indicating a more than five inch increase in some areas over the next 30 years.  What would that do to areas like Morehead City and the Outer Banks?

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  Eastern North Carolina has been the setting for movies, television shows and commercials.  But when the decision to do away with the North Carolina Film Incentives program was announced, some producers decided to move out of the state.  “Sleepy Hollow” which wrapped up their second season filming in New Bern last week announced that they will be moving production to Georgia.  It’s not all bad news for the industry.  This year, North Carolina will offer a $10 million film and entertainment grant to productions that want to film here.

INTRO – Today’s most popular young adult novels … think “Divergent” or “the Hunger Games” … set their stories in a dystopian future. A Beaufort author however sets her attempt at young adult fiction in a near-utopian village in the not-too-distant past. George Olsen has more.

You could make the argument that the lead female characters in popular young adult novels “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games” share a trait with Grace, the lead female character in Susan Schmidt’s “Song of Moving Water.”

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