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9:18 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Artifacts From Bertie County Site May Help Solve Centuries Old Mystery

Clues are being uncovered at an archeological site in Bertie County that may reveal what happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke. 

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9:02 am
Mon August 17, 2015

New School Bus Polices Rolling Out Across ENC

Classic yellow buses with stop arms out will mark the beginning of another school year.  But more and more drivers in eastern North Carolina are ignoring the most basic of safety rules.  So now, school districts in Pitt, Martin, Nash, and New Hanover counties are taking measures into their own hands, literally.  Sarah Finch has more.

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8:49 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Smithsonian Exhibit "Hometown Teams" On Display On Harkers Island

Credit Core Sound Waterfowl Museum

Whether its baseball, basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse or soccer, sports are everywhere.  They’re a part of our history and culture in eastern North Carolina and around the country.  The traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Hometown Teams,” which is now on display on Harkers Island, connects small communities across the United States to paint a picture on how sports shape American.  This week, Mac McKee speaks with the Director of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum Karen Amspacher about the exhibit.

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7:29 am
Wed August 12, 2015

Chefs of the Coast: Restaurants & Recipes from the North Carolina Coast - John E. Batchelor

Chefs of the Coast - John E. Batchelor (John F. Blair, Publisher)

INTRO – Eating out in North Carolina has changed in recent decades. The franchise restaurants and local family-style establishments have been with us for multiple decades and remain with us. But a newer style of dining has taken root in the state that emphasizes its ties WITH the state. A new book by one of the state’s most prolific restaurant reviewers takes a look at that trend. George Olsen has more.

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9:50 am
Mon August 10, 2015

Controversy Over Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge Continues

Credit Uprooted Photographer

Florida-based marine research and recovery corporation Intersal has sued the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources over rights to the Queen Anne’s Revenge after withdrawing a similar case from the Office of Administrative Hearings in June. Lee Jenkins has more on the lawsuit and what led up to it.

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ENC Features
9:39 am
Mon August 10, 2015

Updated Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Predicts Below Normal Season

Hurricane Isabel approaching the North Carolina Outer Banks as observed from the NOAA-15 Satellite. North Carolina, Atlantic Ocean. 2003 September 18.
Credit NOAA

It's been quiet in the tropics this hurricane season, and that trend will continue according to forecasters.  The updated forecast from the NOAA's Climate Prediction Center indicates that a below-normal hurricane season is very likely. The outlook calls for a 90% chance of a below-normal season, the highest probability given by NOAA for any such season since their seasonal hurricane outlooks began in August 1998.

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11:11 am
Fri August 7, 2015

Deep Water Shipwreck Discovered Off North Carolina Coast

The research vessel Atlantis with the submersible Alvin hanging off its stern.
Credit Luis Lamar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Scientists were on an expedition more than a hundred miles off the coast of North Carolina when they accidently discovered a centuries old shipwreck.  We speak with the expedition leader about their rare find and the artifacts that lie more than a mile below the ocean’s surface. 

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11:04 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Maps Tell History Of New Bern and Tuscarora Nation

The North Carolina History Center in New Bern is hosting "The Tuscarora World and New Bern In Maps."  It's a new, free exhibit of 15 rare maps depicting the North Carolina coastal region and Tuscarora history from 1590 to 1800.  Lee Jenkins visited the History Center and has this audio tour of the exhibit.

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11:44 am
Fri July 31, 2015

How Water Quality Testing Protects ENC Beachgoers

Credit NCDENR

How safe is your beach?  We talk to the State Recreational Water Quality Program Manager about testing the water at more than 200 locations, from Corolla to Sunset Beach.

When it comes to a trip to the beach, there are hazards you are aware of.  Sunburn, getting caught in a rip current, stepping on a shell or piece of glass, or in very rare cases, being bitten by a shark.  But there’s also hazards you may not consider, such as water quality.  

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3:14 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Gallants Channel Bridge Construction Ahead Of Schedule

A rendering of the completed Gallants Channel bridge
Credit http://www.beaufortbridgefacts.org/

We hear an update on the construction of the high rise bridge from Morehead City to Beaufort.  

Communing between the coastal communities of Beaufort and Morehead City will be a lot less stressful once a new high rise bridge is operational over Gallants Channel.   The project, which has been in the works for 20 years, is well on its way to completion.

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11:35 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Greenville Shelter Opens Its Doors

Over 60 residents have a new place to call home. A 2.2 million dollar facility recently opened its doors in Greenville. The high-tech shelter is called Community Crossroads Place. Sarah Finch speaks with the Executive Director Bob Williams about how the new space will help them better serve the homeless in Pitt County. 

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10:26 am
Mon July 20, 2015

ConnectNC Seeks To Enhance State Parks and Museums

"Breaking the Waves" at Hammocks Beach State Park
Credit R. Evans, North Carolina State Parks

Parks and museums across the state have begun preparing for Governor McCrory’s Connect NC investment program and the funding it would provide them.  Lee Jenkins spoke with the directors for Hammocks Beach Park and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum about what the program would mean for their facilities.

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11:12 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Red Algae A Problem Along Southeastern North Carolina Coast

Gracilaria vermiculophylla growing on mudflats in the Zeke’s Basin Reserve
Credit Byron Toothman, North Carolina Coastal Reserve

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.  

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1:08 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

ENC Groups Partner To Protect Pollinators

Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

It's summer-time, the flowers are in bloom and butterflies and bees are doing what they’ve always done.  But there’s been a decline in their numbers here in North Carolina and around the United States.  A new federal plan aims to reverse trend with an “all hands on deck” approach. Sarah Finch has more.

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1:03 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Local Researcher Aims To Bolster Black Sea Bass Fishery

Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Black sea bass are making a comeback in North Carolina after the species was overfished a decade ago.  We visit the Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City where they’re using ear bones from hundreds of black sea bass to learn which habitats along our coast best support the fishery. 

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9:18 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Hoax Calls To US Coast Guard A Serious Offense

Credit U.S. Coast Guard

When the U.S. Coast Guard responds to an emergency off the North Carolina coast, they don’t expect the call for help to be a hoax.  Unfortunately, these events occur more than you think.  Responding to false distress calls is not only expensive, it can put rescue personnel in dangerous situations. A local man was recently sentenced to prison for making hoax calls to the U.S. Coast Guard in October 2013.  Sarah Finch has more.

It’s the familiar fable of the boy who cried wolf, but in this case, with very costly consequences.

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9:11 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Veterans Book Club Meets In Havelock

The North Carolina Humanities Council is hosting a five week book group offering local veterans a place to share experiences  and connect with veterans in discussion of literature related to war and homecoming.  Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director Paula Watkins about the bi-monthly program at the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.

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11:48 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Emergency Services Summer Camp In Jacksonville

We visit a summer camp where teens learn “hands-on” how emergency responders are trained to handle crisis situations.

“I want to be a pediatrics orthopedic surgeon.  So I’m here for like the feel of the field.”

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11:54 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Final Application Approved For Seismic Surveys Off NC Coast

Seismic survey vessel towing an air source array and acoustic receivers called hydrophones.
Credit International Association of Geophysical Contractors

The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management has approved the last of four applications from companies interested in conducting seismic surveys off the coast. Sarah Finch has more.

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12:11 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Despite Growing Fears, Sharks Are Integral To Coastal Ecosystem

measuring an Atlantic sharpnose shark - Rhizoprionodon terraenovae
Credit E. Woodward/ UNC Institute of Marine Sciences.

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.  

Fortunately, dangerous interactions between humans and sharks are extremely rare.  The fact that three unprovoked shark attacks have happened along our coast within days of each other is also very unusual.   Now, many beachgoers are scared to enter the water.

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