Down East Journal

Fridays, Noon - 12:30pm on both networks; Saturday at noon on The News and Ideas Network
  • Hosted by Hosted By: Jared Brumbaugh
  • Local Host Jared Brumbaugh

The Down East Journal is PRE's weekly news magazine program. Each week the program
features a variety of news, information, and feature stories with a focus on Eastern North Carolina.

It’s a fact, an avian flu outbreak would cripple our local economy.  This week on the Down East Journal we explore local frustration over the new NC Farm ID requirement concerning backyard chickens.  Some residents are scoffing at the penalty free obligation, regarding it an invasion of privacy.  But state agriculture officials are warning of a worst case scenario. Both sides make their case – Friday at noon on all of the Public Radio Stations on the Down East Journal.

To view the NC Farm ID form, go to http://www.ncagr.gov/ncfarmid/ 

You’ve seen the videos, heart stopping close calls for students and bus drivers.  This week on the Down East Journal, how local school systems are beefing up safety protocols as kids head into the new school year.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

Scientists were on an expedition more than a hundred miles off the coast of North Carolina when they accidently discovered a centuries old shipwreck.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with the expedition leader about their rare find and the artifacts that lie more than a mile below the ocean’s surface.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

How safe is your beach?  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to the State Recreational Water Quality Program Manager about testing the water at more than 200 locations, from Corolla to Sunset Beach.  And why sometimes, they have to issue a swimming advisory.  Plus, we take an audio tour of a new exhibit in New Bern detailing the history of the Tuscarora Nation with 15 rare maps.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

A new community shelter recently opened in Greenville, providing safe housing for more than 60 residents.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Executive Director Bob Williams about the high-tech 2.2 million dollar facility and their mission to help the less fortunate in Pitt County.  Also, we hear an update on the construction of the high rise bridge from Morehead City to Beaufort.  And, a native of Lenoir County whose efforts in multiple American wars, including as a major figure in the state during the Civil War, have been lost to history has his story told by a fellow nativ

It’s a “growing” problem.  Large floating mats of red algae continue to wash up on some parts of the coast choking out native plants and animal species. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with North Carolina Coastal Reserve Research Biologist Byron Toothman about the impacts of this quickly-growing, invasive seaweed and how it’s altering our coastal ecosystem.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

Here at the coast, false distress calls have landed a Beaufort man prison time and a hefty fine.  This week on the Down East Journal, how the Coast Guard handles fake mayday calls and the costly impact it has on their operations.   Plus, we visit a summer camp where teens learn “hands-on” how emergency responders are trained to handle crisis situations. The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

Recent events have led to an interest in the 50 shark species that call our coast home.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Assistant Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences Dr. Joel Fodrie about how this apex predator is actually an integral part of the coastal ecosystem.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

This week on the Down East Journal, we take part in drone testing with the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort.  From tracking sea turtles off our coast to collecting information about marine debris, drones are proving beneficial to coastal scientists.  And, traffic congestion around Camp Lejeune has police cracking down on motorist blocking a major intersection. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with the Chairman of Intersal, the company engaged in a legal battle over Blackbeard's flagship, The Queen Anne's Revenge.  And, an art exhibit in Greenville reimagines abandoned parts of the city.  Plus, we highlight a complex program aimed at understanding, predicting, and mitigating the impacts of hurricanes and tropical storms.

As Marine Corps bases across the nation try to reduce their carbon footprints and operating costs, Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune have started tackling the issue from the bottom up. This week on the Down East Journal, we hear how a team of Unit Energy Managers identify, initiate and improve individual energy practices at the unit level. The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

The economy of Ocracoke Island is based primarily on tourism.  So, news that visitation is down has prompted the Ferry Division to support the idea for a new passenger only ferry from Hatteras. The move should help minimize congestion for visitors and generate revenue for the isolated village.  The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.  

The protests we see today echo a movement that was felt in eastern North Carolina more than 50 years ago.  This week on the Down East Journal, we examine the history of Standard Drug #2 in Kinston, a location recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.  The property’s racially segregated lunch counter was the site of two sit-ins during the Civil Rights movement.   The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.  

This week on the Down East Journal, we explore how law enforcement officers in eastern North Carolina are using body cameras, from urban areas to rural towns.  And, we visit the Veterans Organic Garden in New Bern and talk to disabled former service members who are growing crops for the community. The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

 

Overcrowding at public schools is a growing issue across the state and here in the East.  This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the impact of overcrowded schools in Pitt and Onslow counties and how they are addressing the issue.  And, efforts are underway to replace a valuable nautical marker and data collecting buoy in Onslow Bay.  The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.  

Though early in the regulatory process, companies who want to explore for potential oil and gas reserves off the Carolina coast are already receiving a lot of criticism. This week on the Down East Journal, we sample comments from a recent public hearing in Morehead City and speak to the International Association of Geophysical Contractors about pending surveys. The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.  

This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the history of Hammocks Beach in Swansboro, a popular recreation area for African Americans before desegregation.  The State Park announced this week its acquiring 300 acres to help make it a year round attraction.  Plus, the Wings Over Wayne Airshow takes place in Goldsboro next month.   The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.  

This week on the Down East Journal, Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort is involved in research using drones to document marine debris on beaches around the world.  We discuss the RACE FOR WATER project, how plastics impact the environment and how similar drone technology eventually be used along the coast of North Carolina. The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on all of the News and Ideas stations. 

This week on the Down East Journal, a new method to rapidly test shellfish for harmful bacteria has been discovered in eastern North Carolina.  We talk to lead researcher Dr. Rachel Nobel about the kit they’re developing, which yields results in just a couple hours instead of days.  And, we detail the State Transportation Improvement Program which seeks to ease congestion at a local military base and complete the expansion of Highway 17 to a four lane between New Bern and Jacksonville.

  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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