The Down East Journal

The Down East Journal
11:28 am
Wed May 20, 2015

The Down East Journal (05/22/15)

Five well owners near Goldsboro, who live close to a retired Duke Energy plant, have been warned not to use their water.  They fear nearby unlined coal ash basins could be contaminating their wells.  This week on the Down East Journal, we hear from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the agency tasked with testing wells near the retired H.F. Lee plant and we hear from residents who attended a public meeting Tuesday evening.  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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The Down East Journal
7:38 am
Wed May 13, 2015

The Down East Journal (05/15/15)

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.  

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The Down East Journal
8:30 am
Wed May 6, 2015

The Down East Journal (05/08/15)

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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The Down East Journal
8:33 am
Thu April 30, 2015

The Down East Journal (05/01/15)

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.

 

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The Down East Journal
11:55 am
Wed April 22, 2015

The Down East Journal (04/24/15)

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.  

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The Down East Journal
9:05 am
Wed April 15, 2015

The Down East Journal (04/17/15)

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.  

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The Down East Journal
9:12 am
Thu April 9, 2015

The Down East Journal (04/10/15)

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.  

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The Down East Journal
9:08 am
Wed April 1, 2015

The Down East Journal (04/03/15)

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. 

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The Down East Journal
11:09 am
Wed March 25, 2015

The Down East Journal (03/27/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, we detail the 550 mile tri-state Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Supporters say the natural gas project will bring jobs to the “Tar Heel State.”  Opponents worry about decreased property values and the environment.  We talk about the pipeline’s proposed path and hear how it may impact eastern North Carolina.  And, the first ever Art Block event in Jacksonville.  The Down East Journal, Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on all of the News and Ideas stations.  

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The Down East Journal
12:50 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

The Down East Journal (03/20/15)

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.

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The Down East Journal
2:23 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

The Down East Journal (03/13/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, we profile the soon-to-be-built North Carolina Civil War History Center in Fayetteville.  They’re seeking 100 stories from each of North Carolina’s 100 counties for their archive.  And, we learn about the auditory phenomenon called “musical ear syndrome.”   The Down East Journal, Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on all of the News and Ideas stations.

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The Down East Journal
9:17 am
Tue March 3, 2015

The Down East Journal (03/06/15)

Eastern North Carolina is in line for railroad improvements that will streamline the movement of goods. This week on the Down East Journal, we detail the draft North Carolina Rail Plan and talk with officials about a proposed intermodal facility.  And, a memorial honoring the Montford Point Marines broke ground last week in Jacksonville. 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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The Down East Journal
11:42 am
Thu February 26, 2015

The Down East Journal (02/27/15)

A gravesite mystery at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has been solved.   This week on the Down East Journal, the life and legacy of Richard Etheridge, keeper of the nation’s first all-black lifesaving station.   And, a living history program in Kinston commemorates the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse.  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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The Down East Journal
9:03 am
Thu February 19, 2015

The Down East Journal (02/20/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, more than 300,000 acres of North Carolina waters have closed to shellfishing.  We talk about the budget-tightening decision and how it will affect local fishermen.  And, we preview “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage” a theatrical symphony performance just for kids.  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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The Down East Journal
3:27 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Down East Journal (02/13/15)

  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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The Down East Journal
2:44 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

The Down East Journal (02/06/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the Division of Student Affairs at East Carolina University about a recent allegation of rape at a fraternity on campus.  More on Greek life in the east and the new awareness effort aimed at fraternities and sororities at ECU 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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The Down East Journal
3:35 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

The Down East Journal (01/30/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, we examine a new draft report indicating eastern North Carolina’s susceptibility to sea level rise.  Researches weigh in on last month’s draft report indicating a more than five inch increase in some areas over the next 30 years.  What would that do to areas like Morehead City and the Outer Banks?   Hear the first airing of the Down East Journal Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And the re-broadcast Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  If you’ve missed a Down East Journal installment, hear it online at

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The Down East Journal
1:11 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

The Down East Journal (01/23/15)

The Graveyard of the Atlantic has buried thousands of vessels over the past centuries.  Now pieces of a shipwreck, possibly from the 1800s, have emerged from the deep.  This week on the Down East Journal, more on the large pieces of timber washing ashore near Cape Lookout.  And, new clues to the fate of the “Lost Colony.” The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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The Down East Journal
8:35 am
Wed January 7, 2015

The Down East Journal (01/09/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, a conversation with the next North Carolina poet laureate Shelby Stephenson.  We hear about his plans to bring a greater appreciation for reading and writing of poetry to the state.  And, students with Craven Early College take their poetry from the classroom to the stage. We visit during an open mic night event in New Bern.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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The Down East Journal
11:12 am
Wed December 17, 2014

The Down East Journal (12/19/14)

East Carolina University broke ground on its sixth dental clinic this week, and two more are opening this winter.  This week on the Down East Journal, an overview of the clinics and how they’re improving access to oral healthcare in underserved areas of North Carolina.  And, we speak with Tryon Palace about their Saturday Christmas candlelight tour.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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