ENC Features

ENC Features
7:40 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Surging turkey population gets counted in annual survey

Credit Kathy Wilson

INTRO – The public is being asked for its input as a state agency continues the task of managing the reemergence of a bird whose numbers had dwindled severely by the 1970s. George Olsen has more.

Jonathan Shaw started as a District II wildlife biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in 2005. At that time the Commission’s turkey biologist was soon to retire and he was hoping to go out by meeting a particular goal.

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9:26 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Eastern Seaboard Opens For Offshore Energy Exploration

A pod of bow-riding Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) offshore from Cape Lookout. In North Carolina, they live in warm temperate waters along the continental shelf.
Credit Dr. Craig A. Harms, NC State University

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is allowing offshore energy exploration to take place along the East Coast, using controversial seismic air guns to find gas and oil deposits.  A feature about the surveys and the safeguards in place to mitigate impacts to marine life.

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9:13 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Conversation with Lisa Fischer

Credit www.lisafischermusic.com

We speak with highly praised and often used background singer Lisa Fischer about her Oscar award winning documentary "Twenty Feet From Stardom" and her performance in Raleigh on Saturday, July 26th.

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ENC Features
12:00 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Public Meetings Scheduled On Fracking Issue

North Carolina residents now have the opportunity to affect fracking policy. The state Mining and Energy Commission is accepting comments and suggestions regarding their proposed regulations. Lee Jenkins has more.

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12:00 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Study Explores Economic Potiental for Highway 70

N.C. 44, the first section of the future U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass, now open to traffic north of Goldsboro from I-795 to Wayne Memorial Drive.
Credit North Carolina Department of Transportation

A recently released study found that upgrading highway 70 could bring economic prosperity to eastern North Carolina. 

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ENC Features
12:30 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Winner Of The Down East Journal Theme Announced

Credit Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services

The Down East Journal has a new theme song composed by ECU grad Joshua Tomlinson.  He recently finished up his masters degree in music theory and composition.  Now he's enjoying his summer break and preparing to start a doctoral program at the University of Oklahoma.  We caught up with Tomlinson this week to tell him the good news.

Thank you to all of the student composers who submitted ideas for the contest:

Isaac Ward


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ENC Features
11:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

The Outliers Opened Pamlico Opry Series at Turnage Theater

Credit www.theoutliersband.com

Public Radio East is a media sponsor for the Pamlico Opry summer series.  It starts this weekend at the Turnage Theater and is sponsored by the Beaufort County Arts Council and the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association.  Kicking off the series is Raleigh based bluegrass/americana band "The Outliers" this Saturday at 8pm.  Mac McKee speaks with band member Julie Brown about her beginnings in music and her career with The Outliers.

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10:54 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Pirate Invasion in Bath

Bath is celebrating its pirate heritage this weekend with its “There Be Pirates in the Port” event, featuring a historical re-enactment of the report of Blackbeard’s death and two lectures examining the life of Blackbeard and other pirates. 

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2:37 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Second Helping Program in Emerald Isle

Credit Second Helping - Holden Beach http://www.secondhelping.us/

When vacationers leave the beach, they often end up throwing away unused food.  But a program that started last month called Second Helping collects unwanted food and donates it to local food pantries. 

It’s peak time for vacation season at the beach. And now a new program is collecting leftover food from vacationers as they exit the Crystal Coast. Mikel Peterson has more.

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ENC Features
10:04 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Red Wolf Recovery Program Under Review

Endangered Red Wolf at the North Carolina Zoo
Credit Jared Brumbaugh

A program that saved the red wolf from extinction could come to an end.  This week, we talk to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official about the experimental Red Wolf Recovery Program and the review that will determine its effectiveness.

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10:03 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Solar Project Planned in ENC

Credit Duke Energy Renewables

The largest solar farm east of the Mississippi will break ground soon in northeastern North Carolina.  We explore the Capital Partners Solar Project, which will provide power to universities in Washington DC.

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ENC Features
10:26 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Coal Ash Ponds in Eastern North Carolina

Coal ash ponds are making headlines in North Carolina, and the news isn’t good. Lee Jenkins has more on new proposed legislation and the state of coal ash pits in the eastern part of the state.

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10:15 am
Mon June 23, 2014

ECU Student Composers Create New DEJ Theme Music

Credit Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services

Public Radio East collaborates with students at East Carolina University’s School of Music to change the way Down East Journal sounds.

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12:01 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Down East Journal Theme Song

Credit Jared Brumbaugh

Help Public Radio East pick the new theme song for Down East Journal.  Please choose your favorite from the following three finalists.  All selections  were composed by students  in East Carolina University's Department of Theory, Composition and Musicology.   The project started last Fall and wrapped up before students left for summer break. 

Listen to all three selections. Each are numbered 1 through 3.  Choose your favorite and email the corresponding number to Public Radio East by clicking here.  Thank you for your participation.  All emails must be received by July 10, 2014. The winning theme will be debuted on Down East Journal on July 11, 2014.

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10:13 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Volunteers Plant Marsh Grass At The Rachel Carson Reserve

Credit North Carolina Coastal Reserve

On June 12th, volunteers and staff with the NC Coastal Reserve helped plant 4,500 marsh grass plugs which will help provide habitat and  stabilization to the shoreline of Carrot Island.

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11:54 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Black Bear Spotted Swimming Across The Neuse River

Credit Carlos Kowalczewski

Bears are seen in increasing numbers this time of year, in yards, in trees, and even swimming across the Neuse River.

 Monday, May 12th, riders on the Cherry Branch- Minnesott ferry witnessed something peculiar during an afternoon crossing. 

“We just left Minnesott Beach and as soon as we leave, we always look to the front of the ship.”

Carlos Kowalczewski is a ferry crew man with the North Carolina Ferry Division.

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9:03 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Study Finds Oyster Reefs Keep Pace With Rising Sea Levels

Credit E. Woodward/UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Research by a team of coastal scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Science is gaining national recognition.  The study looked at the rate at which oyster reefs grow and if they’ll be able to keep pace with rising sea levels.  After 10 years of study in coastal North Carolina, the results show that oyster reefs grow much faster than previously expected and can also be an effective way of slowing erosion.  Public Radio East's Jared Brumbaugh spoke with Dr.

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9:37 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Growing Tobacco in North Carolina

Credit Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina

Even though tobacco remains the number one cash crop in North Carolina, there's been a significant decrease in the amount of farmers growing tobacco in the past decade.  We'll explore the future of the state's tobacco industry.

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9:29 am
Tue May 27, 2014

NC Symphony Hosts "Concerts In Your Community" Summer Concert Series

Credit Tryon Palace www.tryonpalace.org

The North Carolina Symphony is presenting a Summer Concert Series of ten free outdoor concerts.  Six of those performances will be here in eastern North Carolina.  PRE's Mac McKee speaks with Senior Director of Statewide Development for the NC Symphony Rob Maddrey about the opening concert in the colonial capital that will include some well-known classical works, and an original composition by an eastern North Carolina musician.

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