The Down East Journal

Tons of construction waste destined for the landfill is being re-purposed in northeastern North Carolina.  This week on the Down East Journal, we detail the Dare County project using pieces of the Bonner Bridge to build four artificial reefs near Oregon Inlet.  And, gun control returns to the spotlight after President Obama announced several executive orders related to firearm sales. We talk to a local gun shop owner and policy experts about how this may affect the state.  

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.  

High blood pressure affects nearly a third of the U.S. population and in eastern North Carolina that number is higher.  This week on the Down East Journal, how new research carried out in part at ECU in Greenville sheds new light on the ideal blood pressure for heart and kidney health.  And, New Bern High was selected as one of four schools in the state to participate in a solar panel pilot program.  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/ 

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