New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, tourism statistics for the summer's busiest month have remained almost unchanged the past five years. We talk to tourism officials and business owners who say spending is slightly up this season. And, we talk about the growing Montagnard population in eastern North Carolina that are escaping persecution in their own country.
New Bern, NC – A death attributed to the West Nile Virus in Wayne County is the first this year in the state. We'll talk to an official with the North Carolina Division of Health about identifying the virus, and how to protect yourself. And, we speak with forecasters about predictions for increased tropical weather activity this Atlantic hurricane season. Also, the Garden Journal and commentator Joan Carris.
New Bern, NC – On Monday, President Obama signed a bill that provides health care to people who were exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune. This week on the Down East Journal, we'll talk about what the bill entails in what's being called the largest water contamination incident in American history. And as the summer winds down, bat sightings are on the rise.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, commonly used soaps and shampoos can trigger false positive marijuana testing results in babies. Plus, the town of Bethel is in the process of developing a new clinic when the only health care provider in the area closes its doors this September. And, we talk about composting during the Garden Journal.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, statistics released this month mark the lowest North Carolina crime rate since 1977. This week on the Down East Journal, we explore eastern North Carolina's statistics. And, a Lenoir County non-profit that offers an alternative to crime by teaching young people a mix of agriculture, nutrition, leadership, and business skills.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, the Racial Justice Act. Death row inmates in North Carolina facing life in prison will have new challenges when seeking a reduced sentence. And, details on Pitt County's Nurse Family Partnership -- helping first time, low-income mothers through home visitation. Plus, we seek to find out if beach driving rules for Cape Hatteras National Seashore are impacting the local economy.
New Bern, NC – Ferry toll increases won't affect residents and coastal travelers for at least another year. This week on the Down East Journal, we focus on one eastern North Carolina county's efforts to make sure the ferry toll increases don't happen at all. And, we talk about unmanned aircraft and the excitement present in the scientific community if a testing facility for drones is built in Hyde County. Plus, a new low-cost mobile spay/neuter clinic opens in the East
New Bern, NC – Domesticated or wild, animal encounters can go either way. This week on the Down East Journal, do pit bulls deserve their reputation for being dangerous? We seek to answer that question and talk about measures in place to prevent attacks from happening. And, after almost disappearing from the state, alligators are making a comeback. As their populations increase, so does the likelihood for interactions with humans.
New Bern, NC – On the Down East Journal, we explore the history of 'showboats in eastern North Carolina. SHOWBOAT is our featured opera this weekend. We'll learn more about how showboats operated and their ties to coastal Carolina. And, we talk to the director of "Collision Course - A 60's Retro," a theater production highlighting 60's era playwrights. Plus, we find out what brought early inhabitants from all over the world to settle in Onslow County.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, firefighters are working to contain a wildfire in the Croatan National Forest that has burned more than 21,000 acres so far. And, this week marks the 200th anniversary of the "forgotten war." We remember the War of 1812 with a look at its ties to eastern North Carolina.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, Stephen O'Connell reports on the New Bern Preservation Foundation's efforts to restore and renovate old structures in what many would call an ideal historic district. And, during the Garden Journal, we talk about an invasive insect that is now in eastern North Carolina.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, a report on National Weather Service predictions for the 2012 hurricane season and what you need to include in your disaster supplies kit. And, three college sophomores recently dribbled a soccer ball 450 miles across the state. We talk about their journey and the purpose behind it.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, we examine a recently approved a North Carolina bill that ignores scientist's warnings of rising sea levels along the coast. And, during a time when many are unemployed, some companies are only seeking to hire people that are currently employed. LC Morris takes a look at how these practices are more common than not.
New Bern, NC – From aquaculture to agriculture, this week on the Down East Journal, we report on sustainable food in eastern North Carolina. And, we talk to local wineries about growing grapes, the industry that's booming here in the east.
New Bern, NC – North Carolina elections officials are noting higher voter turnout for the may primary. This week on the Down East Journal, Stephen O'Connell reports on what motivating factors drove people to the polls. And, we pick up our Civil War Series with a report on how the Civil Wat influenced journalism as we know it.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, a major development project was announced in Craven County that seeks to attract potential residents and tourists dollars. Plus, we talk about restoration efforts underway to save an historic archway at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in New Bern.