Jared Brumbaugh

Jared Brumbaugh is the News Coordinator for Public Radio East, covering health and the environment.  His news spots and feature stories can be heard during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  Jared is the recipient of five North Carolina Associated Press Awards for "Best Feature," "General News," "Best Health Report," "Best Weather Report," and "Best Consumer Report." When not at the station, he enjoys hiking, traveling and honing his culinary skills.

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Kinston Non-profit Teaches At-Risk Youth Agriculture Skills

This week on the Down East Journal, we explore House Bill 146, known as the “Back to Basics” bill, which would make learning cursive writing and the memorization of multiplication tables a requirement in North Carolina public schools. And, plans to cut funding for the Congregate Meals programs in Havelock and Harlowe are proposed.  We’ll explain how the decision was reached and explore a possible solution.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas.

Whether it’s storm surge models or hurricane warnings and watches, distributing information to the public is top priority during hurricanes or tropical storms.  Local elected officials, weather service offices, the media, and County Emergency Management offices all play an integral role in keeping the public safe during severe weather.  This week, Lee Jenkins examines how county emergency management help keep the public informed before, during and after a storm.

This week on the Down East Journal, the predictions for the 2013 hurricane season and how to prepare for what officials say could be an “extremely active” season.  And, we discuss a new computer modeling program that’s been developed by North Carolina scientists to better predict the impact of storm surge and coastal flooding.  Plus, we speak with local emergency management about how they're preparing to keep the public safe before, during and after a storm.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And online at publicradioeast.org.

Reports of sexual assault in the military are at an all-time high.  We speak with Senator Kay Hagan and the program manager with Camp Lejeune’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program to find out what’s being done to assist victims and reduce military assault.  

Sexual assault in the military is making national headlines.

"Not only is it shameful and disgraceful, its going to make and has made the military less effective than it can be."

Reports of sexual assault in the military are at an all-time high.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Senator Kay Hagan and the program manager with Camp Lejeune’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program to find out what’s being done to assist victims and reduce military assault.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the Public Radio East stations.  Catch the rebroadcast Saturday at noon on PRE Public Radio East News and Ideas Network.

The band “Coyote” has multiple concerts set for this weekend in our area: Friday night at the Trent River Coffee Company, Saturday night at Clawson's Restaurant, and Sunday at Swanfest.  For more information, visit: http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/pre/events.eventsmain

This week, preservation efforts on historic landmarks along the Gullah Corridor were given the green light to move forward.  We hear an update on the project.  And, “Coyote” the band has multiple concerts set for this weekend in our area.  Music and conversation with band member Marcy Brenner this week on the Down East Journal.  Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And, Saturday at noon on News and Ideas

The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced they’re implementing an initiative to expedite disability compensation claims for Veterans who have waited a year or more.

This week on the Down East Journal, the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced they’re implementing an initiative to expedite disability compensation claims for Veterans who have waited a year or more.  And, a project to help restore declining fish populations is underway along the Cape Fear River.  We’ll explain how crushed granite will be the basis for a new fish habitat. 

A project to help restore declining fish populations is underway along the Cape Fear River.  We’ll explain how crushed granite will be the basis for a new fish habitat. 

Florida International University SCUBA Cats Club

An underwater fishing tournament takes place later this month.  Divers are hoping to snag as many non-native, invasive lionfish as they can for a chance at winning some prize money.

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE TO LISTEN TO THE 2009 LIONFISH ROUNDUP.  

This week on the Down East Journal, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in Goldsboro this week to tour downtown revitalization projects.  L.C. Morris has an update on the effort, which has been in the works since 2007. And, an underwater fishing tournament takes place later this month.  Divers are hoping to snag as many non-native, invasive lionfish for a chance at winning some prize money.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on Public Radio East's News and Ideas Network.

We talk to a local scientist who developed a new method of rapidly detecting polluted water that’s likely to become the standard in the United States. 

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This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to a local scientist who developed a new method of rapidly detecting polluted water that’s likely to become the standard in the United States.  And, we explore the future of education in North Carolina with a feature about electronic textbooks and the transition to the digital classroom. Listen for the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.  Catch the rebroadcast Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas at 88.5 WZNB New Bern, 91.5 WBJD Atlantic Beach-Beaufort, 90.3 WKNS Kin

A vacant property in Greenville could become a new DNA processing facility.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The company wanting to purchase the facility has asked to remain anonymous.  The 68-hundred square foot building is located near Vidant Medical Center.  Existing Industries Coordinator with the Pitt County Development Commission Scott Poag says they’re seeking a $60,000 grant from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center to facilitate renovations.  He adds the grant amount is based upon how many jobs are created.

A charter school serving close to 200 students in an economically depressed area of Kinston is facing closure.  The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has recommended Children‘s Village Academy’s charter be revoked because of cash flow problems and increasing school debt.  Find out what Children‘s Village Academy is doing to stay open.

We speak with a Goldsboro High School teacher who received a prestigious technology award for UV radiation and bacterial cell growth research.

A charter school serving close to 200 students in an economically depressed area of Kinston is facing closure.  The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has recommended Children‘s Village Academy’s charter be revoked because of cash flow problems and increasing school debt.  This week on the Down East Journal, find out what Children‘s Village Academy is doing to stay open.  And, we talk to a Goldsboro High School biology teacher who received a prestigious technology award for UV radiation and bacterial cell growth research.

Native American descendants from New York state and eastern North Carolina honored their ancestors at a recent ceremony in Snow Hill.  We talk about the Battle of Nooherooka fought between settlers and the Tuscarora people in the 1700’s.

Spring is finally here… the weather is getting warmer, and strawberries are almost ripe for picking. Mid to late April is usually the start of strawberry season for our area, but some fields in eastern North Carolina are still several weeks away from being ready.  In addition to a late start, news that virus infected plants may cause a drop in the number of local strawberries has some worried.  We spoke with strawberry growers across eastern North Carolina this week to get an idea on the success of this year’s crop.

  Tuscarora descendants from New York state and eastern North Carolina honored their ancestors at a recent ceremony in Snow Hill.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about the Battle of Nooherooka fought between settlers and the Tuscarora people in the 1700’s.  And, a great strawberry season is just around the corner.  We speak with growers in eastern North Carolina about a pesky virus  stunting some plants growth and how little impact the problem will have on yield.

We report on the recent proposal to send fracking waste water to eastern North Carolina for storage.

Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team - Universtiy of Washington

An unusual number of arctic birds called dovekies are turning up along the coast often injured and malnourished.  We speak with a local wildlife sanctuary about this phenomenon and why the birds are dying after being rehabilitated.

It’s a sign of spring and warm weather… birds returning to eastern North Carolina after spending the winter down south.  But for one species, making the journey back home has become perilous.  The dovekie, a small arctic bird resembling a penguin only stands an average eight inches tall, but it makes a thousand mile journey every spring.

This week on the Down East Journal, we report on the recent proposal to send fracking waste water to eastern North Carolina for storage.  Also, an unusual number of arctic birds called dovekies are turning up along the coast often injured and malnourished.  We speak with a local wildlife sanctuary about this phenomenon and why the birds are dying after being rehabilitated.  Listen for the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.  Catch the rebroadcast Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas at 88.5 WZNB New Bern, 91.5 WBJD Atlantic Bea

Just in time for Easter, Eddy Browning shares an authentic southern recipe that you may never heard of.

A feature report on the latest advancements in the treatment of strokes.

Stroke – it’s feared, its deadly, and it’s debilitating.  As far as statistics are concerned, you’re more likely to have a stroke if you live in the South.  In fact, stroke is the third leading cause of death in North Carolina.  And our state is considered to be the ‘buckle’ of the stroke belt, which includes several states in the southeast part of the country where stroke death rates are significantly higher than the rest of the United States.

This week on the Down East Journal, we’ll talk about the latest advancements in the treatment of strokes.  And, how to grow your spring vegetable garden on a budget.  Those stories and more, this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.  Catch the rebroadcast Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas at 88.5 WZNB New Bern, 91.5 WBJD Atlantic Beach-Beaufort, 90.3 WKNS Kinston- Goldsboro, and 88.1 in Greenville.

Local governments, schools and military bases are bracing for the impacts of sequestration.  We explore how the series of automatic cuts will impact eastern North Carolina.

The series of automatic cuts to government spending called sequestration will total more than a trillion dollars in savings over the next 10 years.  The expenses of those savings is now beginning to ripple through our area, as L.C. Morris explains.

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