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8:56 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Proposed Fumigation Facility Raises Concerns

Methyl bromide gas is considered a hazardous air pollutant by the EPA.  A fumigation facility proposed for the Morehead City port wants to use the chemical to treat lumber before export.  We explore the issue in advance of a public meeting that has yet to be set. 

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ENC Features
8:52 am
Mon August 5, 2013

"Stuff the Bus" Provides School Supplies for Needy Students in Craven County

A local non-profit is collecting school supplies during this last tax free weekend to help children in need


Back to school shopping has long been a tradition for Americans. Students are given a list of necessary materials to complete the school year. While this preparation for the first day of school can be a source of excitement for some, how do the students whose families can’t provide these items manage? Darlene Brown, the executive director of Craven County Partners in Education, has organized a fundraising event aimed at helping students in need.

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ENC Features
8:49 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Carteret County Teens Learning About The Film Business

What started off in 2010 with a few local kids and a tripod-mounted camera has developed into a full-blown production studio for young film enthusiast.  Lee Jenkins has more. 


Carteret County’s Teen Film Club now has 24 regular members from Havelock to Beaufort, aged anywhere between twelve and nineteen. So far, the club has produced a small TV show and a six episode miniseries called “The Persistence of Time.” As the name would imply, the miniseries deals time travel, explains Club Founder Melissa Bennett.

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The Down East Journal
8:57 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Down East Journal (08/02/13)

Methyl bromide gas is considered a hazardous air pollutant by the EPA.  A fumigation facility proposed for the Morehead City port wants to use the chemical to treat lumber before export.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about the issue in advance of a public meeting that has yet to be set. And, a local non-profit is collecting school supplies during this last tax free weekend to help children in need.  We’ll catch you up on “Stuff the Bus,” Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. 

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ENC Features
2:43 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

"A Rasin in the Sun" Begins Its Run In Greenville

A theater troupe Magnolia Arts Center is bringing “A Raisin in the Sun” to Eastern North Carolina. The play, set in the 1950’s focuses on an African American family living in Chicago that suddenly acquires a large sum of money, and purchases a home in a white neighborhood.  Lee Jenkins spoke with members of the cast and crew, and has this sneak peek of the production, which begins its run in Greenville next week.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Tryon Palace site for Fox TV series filming

INTRO – Tryon Palace will get a national stage during the upcoming fall television season. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
2:03 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Greenville Highway Project off to a Good Start

Early development for a large-scale highway connector is making good progress, but is still years away from completion. Lee Jenkins has more.

The thirty-five million dollar 10th Street Connector Project is speeding through its acquisition phase. Development rights have been settled for two thirds of the 193 properties affected by the project, some of which are businesses and residences.

According to the Greenville Daily Reflector, workers have already begun demolishing vacant homes along Farmville Boulevard and other streets.

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ENC Regional News
2:01 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Some Say Senate Bill 486 May Damage Cape Hatteras Ecology

A recently passed senate bill threatens to undermine the ecological balance at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Lee Jenkins has more.

Senate Bill 486, sponsored by senators Hagan and Burr, eliminates the current safeguards put into place to protect wildlife and pedestrians alike from beach vehicles. While the exact goal of the bill is unknown, the promotion of tourism seems to be its focus. But would the bill actually promote tourism? Kristen Brengel, from National Parks Conservation Association, believes it might not.

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ENC Regional News
1:58 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

More Landfill Space Could Open Up in North Carolina

North Carolina Waste disposal companies could have more room to build landfills in legislation that changes a 2007 law designed to discourage out-of-state trash from being shipped Down East. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

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ENC Regional News
1:56 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Red Cross In Need of Blood Donations

The American Red Cross is facing a shortage of blood. Lee Jenkins has more.

In a situation similar to last year, the Red Cross is facing a 10 percent nationwide decrease in blood donation, leaving them 50,000 donation short of their projections. According to the Communications Director of Eastern North Carolina's Red Cross, Autum Mihm, summer vacations for students have contributed to the drop in donations.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Pitt County school desegregation trial opens

INTRO – A trial surrounding racial assignment policies in the Pitt County School system gets underway today. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Features
11:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Fees From NC Recreational Fishing Licenses Fund Fisheries Projects

Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

The sales of recreational fishing licenses pay for more than you think.  Jared Brumbaugh reports.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Car owners soon to receive "Tax and Tag" bills

North Carolina’s new system of requiring payment for both vehicle property tax and registration renewals at the same time is going into effect. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
12:14 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Food packaging plant expanding in Kinston

The Governor’s Office announced that Pactiv LLC would expand manufacturing facilities in Lenoir and Iredell Counties. A press release said the expansions would add 77 new jobs and result in an investment of over $9 million at the plants in Kinston and Mooresville though there was no indication of the breakdown of jobs and investment at each facility. The press release did not state an average salary for the new positions, saying salaries would vary, and that the average annual payroll for the new positions would be over $2.5 million.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Mon July 15, 2013

New Home for CSS Neuse opens Thursday

The ironclad CSS Neuse laid under the waters of the Neuse River in Kinston for around 100 years before it was raised in the 1960s. It most recently had been housed in an outdoor shelter at the Governor Caswell Memorial Site before being very slowly moved a year ago June to its first climate-controlled indoor facility. This Thursday the remains of the ironclad will receive its first visitors since that move. Prior to the opening a highway marker will be unveiled at 130 S. Queen Street at 10:30 am followed by the first interpretive tours of the ship at the CSS Neuse Museum at 100 N.

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ENC Features
11:38 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Rainy June Takes a Toll on Local Crops

An excessively wet and rainy June has damaged some crops in Eastern North Carolina. Lee Jenkins has more on the extent of the damage and what effect it may have on the consumer.

Despite what the Luke Bryan song says, rain isn’t always a good thing, especially when there is a lot of it. Typically, counties in Eastern North Carolina receive around four inches of rain during the month of June, but this year, most counties have received eight inches or more. National Weather Service meteorologist John Elardo says the coastal plain experienced the heaviest downpours.

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ENC Features
11:25 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Regional Partnership Promotes "Buying Local" Movement and Creating Biofuels Industry

We highlight a partnership between local farmers and the military aimed at buying locally grown food and producing energy from local biofuel crops.  

Agriculture and the military.  They both depend on undeveloped areas of eastern North Carolina to exist.

“Agriculture needs farms and open space, military needs farms and open space.”

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ENC Regional News
6:10 am
Thu July 11, 2013

State to conduct survey of coastal resident's evacuation habits

Over the next month interviewers will call hundreds of coastal residents asking them about their past actions and future plans when evacuation orders are issued. The state did a similar study in 2003. But with the state’s population expanding more than 15 percent since that time… and many of those new residents having not experienced a hurricane… the state wants to get new information. Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan says knowing how residents receive evacuation information… and then what they do with it… will help the department better coordinate and allocate resources.

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