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.

This week on the Down East Journal, we report on the proposed timeline for coal ash removal at the H.F. Lee plant in Goldsboro.  We speak with NC Division of Environmental Quality’s Assistant Secretary for the Environment Tom Reeder.   Plus, we explore how the strong El Nino has affected and may affect the region.  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 say farewell to the old year by updating some of the most popular features from our website.  From an art project taking shape in downtown Kinston, to colonial artifacts found in Bertie County linked to the Lost Colony.

It's the popular gift item this season.  This week on the Down East journal, we speak with NCDOT's Drone Project Manager Chris Gibson about new regulations regarding unmanned aerial vehicles and tips on how to stay safe.  And, it was a big change this month for the pirate nation.  We'll talk about the head football position at East Carolina University.

Bogue Banks is the only place in the world where you’ll find a newly recognized butterfly species called the “crystal skipper.” This week on the Down East Journal, we take a trip to the Rachel Carson Reserve where scientists are conducting a habitat restoration project for the crystal skipper.  And, eastern North Carolina holds several world records- the newest one was unveiled in southeastern North Carolina last week.   We’ll talk about it on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

  The first ever alligator hunting season in North Carolina could start next summer.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to the Wildlife Resource Commission about their proposed hunting rules and the public comment period underway.  Plus, we speak with Camp Lejeune’s Lieutenant Colonel Lauren Edwards, the first women to lead an Engineering Battalion in the United States Marine Corp.  And, we speak with Jennifer Licko and her band about their upcoming "A Celtic Christmas" concerts in eastern North Carolina. 

This week on the Down East Journal, results are in from the latest wild turkey observation survey.  We speak with wildlife biologist Chris Kreh about the annual report which documents North Carolina’s rebounding turkey population. And, the search for a new East Carolina University chancellor has begun.  More on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

Saving abandoned historic buildings is a growing trend in eastern North Carolina.  The evidence can be seen in the downtown's of Kinston, Greenville and Goldsboro.   This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the recently retooled state tax credit for revitalizing historic structures and where these tax dollars could be put to use.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

Turkeys: they’re the centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast.  And a source of renewable energy.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to the Vice President of Prestage AgEnergy about their plant under construction in Sampson County that will convert turkey waste into steam for electricity. And, a local hospital is the first in the world to use new biopsy tool.  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, it’s a roundup of notable races - who's in and who's out of local offices across Eastern North Carolina. Plus, November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.  We talk about services and resources available to patients and caregivers in our region.  And, major road construction is in the works that will help alleviate traffic congestion in and around Greenville.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

Many expected North Carolina’s film industry to take a hit after the incentives program ended.  But the business is holding firm.  This week on the Down East Journal, how a new grant program is attracting filmmakers to the State. And, it’s music and conversation with Canadian Roots and Blues artist Susie Vinnick.  She’ll perform this Friday and Saturday in eastern North Carolina.  The Down East Journal, 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 speak with local emergency services personnel about the impacts of the recent heavy rains and flooding.  And, we explore how an uptick in minority owned businesses is contributing to the state's rebounding economy. 

This week on the Down East Journal, a proposed limestone mine in Beaufort County wants to discharge millions of gallons of waste water into Blounts Creek.  Environmental groups are suing, saying the influx of water would drastically alter the ecosystem and push wildlife out of the area.  But North Carolina has signed off on the permit.  More, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

A rare museum exhibition opens this week in northeastern North Carolina. We speak with the exhibit curator about the glassworks on display, created by Louis C. Tiffany. Listen to the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

This week on the Down East Journal, a University in northeastern North Carolina is teaming up with NASA to create an Aerospace Academy on wheels. The planned mobile lab will travel the state, providing on-hands learning with flight simulators, robotics and rocketry, to inspire students to pursue science careers. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we remember our friend and colleague Tom "The Jazzman" Mallison.  We talk about his legacy and hear from some of his longtime friends.  And, the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival starts next week at East Carolina University.  Plus, we highlight the Craig Brake Memorial Colors 4 Cancer 5k and 1 mile run/walk event in New Bern next Saturday.

The new US 70 bypass project should shave some time off your drive to the beach.  But residents are concerned with the impacts to homes and business in the path of the proposed route.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with NCDOT officials who outline the project and address concerns.  And, you don’t normally associate manatees with North Carolina, but an increase in sightings have been reported this summer.  We talk to a Carteret County man about his recent encounter.  

This week on the Down East Journal, re-enactors and historians are gearing up for Saturday’s Bentonville Battlefield artillery living history program.  We’ll tell you what’s in store.  And, a newly commissioned art installation is taking shape in downtown Kinston celebrating eastern North Carolina’s tobacco heritage.  Those stories and more, Friday at noon on all of the Public Radio Stations on the Down East Journal.

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.  

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