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10:50 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Hammocks Beach State Park Expansion Announced

Credit R. Evans, NC State Park System

Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro recently announced  it's acquiring 300 acres to help make it a year round attraction.  We explore the history of Hammocks Beach, a popular recreation area for African Americans before desegregation. 

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9:37 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Wings Over Wayne Airshow Planned May 16-17

F-15 Flying Over Atlantic Beach
Credit Jared Brumbaugh

The 2015 Wings Over Wayne Airshow will be held on May 16 thru 17 aboard Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. The Airshow which is a free event to the public is being described as one of the biggest events in North Carolina this year. Mikel Peterson has more.

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10:27 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Local Marine Lab Uses Drones For Marine Debris Research

photo of Azores coastline from the research drone
Credit Duke University Marine Lab, Dave Johnson

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.

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9:57 am
Tue April 7, 2015

NOAA Proposes Expanding Right Whale Critical Habitat

Credit Sea to Shore Alliance - NOAA

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered whales in our coastal waters, and, while we are making progress in recovering this species, it still faces numerous threats. Studies over the past 20 years have increased our understanding of right whale ecology and habitat needs. Based on this research, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is proposing to expand the existing critical habitat areas. Sarah Finch has more.

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9:24 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Nominations Open For North Carolina Award

Credit North Carolina Arts Council

In 1961, the General Assembly established the North Carolina Awards, the highest civilian honor in the state.  Since its inception, more than 250 notable men and women have been honored by the state of North Carolina.  The Department of Cultural Resources is looking for nominations for this year’s awards.  Today, Mac McKee speaks with web content manager Jeff Miles.

To submit a nomination, click http://www.ncdcr.gov/NCAwards/Nominations/Submit

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9:49 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Natural Gas Pipeline Planned for ENC

Example of natural gas pipeline construction
Credit Dominion

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.

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9:47 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Upcoming Art Festival In Jacksonville

The Jacksonville/Onslow Council for the Arts is presenting their first ever arts and crafts festival.  The event, Uptown Art Block, will feature demonstrations, interactive arts, and entertainment.   Today, Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director Connie Wenner about the festival happening Saturday, April 18th.

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11:58 am
Fri March 20, 2015

NC Scientist Discovers Faster Method For Testing Shellfish

Dr. Rachel Noble of the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, examines water samples in her lab taken from a beach near Morehead City.
Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

A new method to rapidly test shellfish for harmful bacteria has been discovered in eastern North Carolina.  We talk to lead researcher Dr. Rachel Noble about the kit they’re developing, which yields results in just a couple hours instead of days.

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11:49 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Highway Improvements Planned For ENC

Credit NC Department of Transportation

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.

Here in eastern North Carolina, we are all looking forward to long-promised road improvements.  Now, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is asking for public feedback on their latest State Transportation Improvement Program released December 4th. Over 1,000 projects are planned affecting every county. Sarah Finch has more.

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10:14 am
Mon March 16, 2015

"Musical Ear" Explained

Do you sometimes hear music or ringing?  Sounds when it's dead quiet?  Well, you're not alone.  We learn about the auditory phenomenon called “musical ear syndrome.” It’s thought that classical composer Robert Schumann may have had the condition.  He heard entire symphonies in his head and used the melodies as inspiration for his works. While no one knows exactly why musical ear syndrome occurs, it is more likely to affect women and people with hearing problems.  Today, Mac McKee speaks with Director for Hearing Loss Help in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania Dr.

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11:38 am
Fri March 13, 2015

NC Civil War History Center Planned For Fayetteville

Credit NC Civil War History Center

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.

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ENC Features
10:05 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Public Comment Sought On NC Rail Plan

The over 3,000 miles of rail in the Tarheel state continues to be critical in serving local industry and consumers.  In December, the draft Comprehensive State Rail Plan was released for public review, part of a 25 year improvement plan.  Sarah Finch reports on one facet of that plan that may bolster the economy, and how increasing passenger rail ridership may expand our options over the next 2 decades.

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9:44 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Montford Point Marines Memorial Begins Construction in Jacksonville

Credit Montford Point Marine Association http://www.montfordpointmarines.com

A memorial honoring the Montford Point Marines broke ground last week in Jacksonville.  We honor the legacy of the Montford Point Marines and hear a firsthand account of 92 year old Montford Pointer Norman Preston.

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8:55 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Mystery Solved At Roanoke Island Aquarium

Richard Etheridge grave
Credit photo courtesy of NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

During the construction of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in 1980, a mysterious cluster of headstones were stumbled upon.  Instead of being placed vertically like most headstones, these were laid flat.  Until recently no one knew why.  Jared Brumbaugh speaks with the North Carolina Aquarium Exhibition Curator Kitty Dough about the strange cemetery plot which dates back to 1895,  and is the final resting place of a former slave, a Civil War veteran and keeper of the nations first all black lifesaving station.

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8:49 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Civil War Commemoration Events in Kinston This Weekend

The Vessel Runs Aground, April 22, 1864 - In its first foray into action, the Neuse runs aground in the shallow waters of its namesake. Though the bow remained afloat, the Neuse was stuck fast until rising water freed the vessel in mid-May 1864.
Credit nchistoricsites.org

This weekend, the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is holding a grand opening, ribbon cutting and a 150th commemorative program marking the anniversary of the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse.  Events include lectures, living history demonstrations, and displays about military and civilian life, battlefield tour of Wyse Fork and live music.  Mac McKee speaks with Site Interpreter Holly Brown about the history of the Civil War ironclad CSS Neuse and the free event this weekend.

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11:05 am
Fri February 20, 2015

More Than 300,000 Acres Of Coastal Waters Close To Shellfishing

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is in the process of placing signage at the recently closed shellfish areas.
Credit NC Division of Marine Fisheries

We talk about the budget-tightening decision and how it will affect local fishermen.

You’ve heard the adage that oysters are safer to eat in months containing an “R.”  It’s February and local oysters are at their peak. Patricia Smith is the Public Information Officer for the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. 

“That’s the time where basically they are not producing, and they are not producing, they are getting fatter.”

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11:06 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Meet The New Director of NC Botanical Gardens

Credit http://ncbg.unc.edu/ / NC Botanical Garden

Spring flower bulbs are just beginning to poke out of the ground at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.  Today, the "conservation garden" manages nearly 1,100 acres of land, including natural areas, gardens, and easements.  Since it's  inception, the North Carolina Botanical Garden has grown under the leadership of two previous directors.  This spring, a new director from Texas will leave his mark.  Mac McKee has more.

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7:50 am
Wed February 11, 2015

ECU considers removing Gov. Aycock's name from dormitory

NC Gov. Charles B. Aycock (1901-1905)

INTRO – Next week the ECU Board of Trustees meets in regular session. Among the items on their agenda is a proposed renaming of the Aycock dormitory. Charles B. Aycock was governor from 1901-to-1905 but his part in racist activities prior to his inauguration has raised calls for his name to be removed from the men’s residence hall. George Olsen has more.

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1:52 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

East Carolina University Reviews Guidelines For Fraternities

Credit Sigma Phi Epsilom Facebook

Fraternities are still on restriction at East Carolina University in Greenville, even though police have concluded that a rape reported late last month did not happen.  More on Greek life in the East and the new awareness effort aimed at fraternities and sororities at ECU.

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1:34 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Exhibit Details The History Of North Carolina Highway Patrol

The bumper sticker on this North Carolina State Highway Patrol car indicates the number of traffic fatalities in 1955.
Credit North Carolina State Highway Patrol

No one likes to see blue lights flashing in the rear view mirror.  But the officers who patrol North Carolina’s highways and interstates are sworn to protect and promote safety.  The exhibit "North Carolina State Highway Patrol: Service, Safety, Sacrifice" is currently on display at the Museum of History in Raleigh honors the North Carolina Highway Patrol’s 86 years, with memorabilia including vintage firearms, and a Ford model A coupe.  This week, Mac McKee speaks with North Carolina Highway Patrol Spokesperson Sergeant Mike Baker about the exhibit, the Highway Patrol’s long histo

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