We live in an amazing world. As we’re waking up in the morning we can IM someone. We can Skype, poke, e-mail, text, twitter, and tweet…all day long. All day. Wow. Back in our log cabin days, who would have believed this? Today we can post our brilliant, witty comments online—for the entire world to see—on every topic in the world—whether we know anything about it or not. It’s positively electric!
The Institute of Marine Scientists released a handful recuperated sea turtles this/yesterday morning.
A team of coastal scientists carried seven sea turtles out to the Gulf Stream, about fifteen miles offshore. Marine Biologist Matthew Godfrey says the Pine Knoll shores Aquarium will be monitoring some of the turtles for the next few months.
Proposed Senate legislation may require Duke Energy to excavate and reseal all of its coal ash basins in the state. In the wake of a breach that contaminated a 70-mile stretch of the Dan River, a handful of key legislators have drafted a bill that would mandate the closing of more than one-hundred ash dumps. About a dozen of the sites lie near power plants in Goldsboro and Wilmington. Currently, the bill also requires the toxic ash be re-buried in sealed landfills within the next fifteen years.
Unemployment rates across virtually all of North Carolina have decreased. In Eastern North Carolina, Carteret County experienced one of the sharpest declines, dropping from 6.6% to 5.6%. According to Division of Commerce public information manager Larry Parker, seasonal employment cycles are partially responsible for the decline in the East.
“Hiring is starting to happen for certainly the coastal counties, and it’s that time of the year where students leave school and start looking for that summer work.”
Research by a team of coastal scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Science is gaining national recognition. The study looked at the rate at which oyster reefs grow and if they’ll be able to keep pace with rising sea levels. After 10 years of study in coastal North Carolina, the results show that oyster reefs grow much faster than previously expected and can also be an effective way of slowing erosion. Public Radio East's Jared Brumbaugh spoke with Dr.
Even though tobacco remains the number one cash crop in North Carolina, there's been a significant decrease in the amount of farmers growing tobacco in the past decade. We'll explore the future of the state's tobacco industry.
The North Carolina Symphony is presenting a Summer Concert Series of ten free outdoor concerts. Six of those performances will be here in eastern North Carolina. PRE's Mac McKee speaks with Senior Director of Statewide Development for the NC Symphony Rob Maddrey about the opening concert in the colonial capital that will include some well-known classical works, and an original composition by an eastern North Carolina musician.
A disturbing national trend involving heroin use has made its way into eastern North Carolina. The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office has decided to take a proactive step that could save the lives of some opioid abusers. George Olsen has more.
What has happened nationally is happening locally as well. Recent years has seen a resurgence in the use of heroin in response to growing addiction levels with less-available and more-expensive prescription drugs. That trend became a reality in Pitt County in recent years.
Local researchers embarked on a 10-day mission off the coast of North Carolina to map the ocean floor. The new data may reveal areas where offshore wind energy development could occur with minimal impacts to sensitive fish habitats and ocean resources.
Hundreds of people are displaced after their homes were damaged or destroyed during last week's tornadoes. An in-depth review of the storm that impacted eastern North Carolina and the efforts underway to help residents recover.