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7:35 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Pitt County Sheriff's Office deputies carrying drug to counteract opioid overdose

A disturbing national trend involving heroin use has made its way into eastern North Carolina. The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office has decided to take a proactive step that could save the lives of some opioid abusers. George Olsen has more.

What has happened nationally is happening locally as well. Recent years has seen a resurgence in the use of heroin in response to growing addiction levels with less-available and more-expensive prescription drugs. That trend became a reality in Pitt County in recent years.

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11:33 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Greenville Non-Profit Uses Horse Therapy

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A local non-profit is using horses to treat people with physical, cognitive, and psychological disabilities.  

For more information on Rocking Horse Ranch, click www.rhrnc.com

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7:35 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Efforts to find CSS Neuse remnants delayed... again

INTRO – It’ll be at least July until state underwater archaeologists can do a survey of the Neuse River to see if any additional remnants from the ironclad CSS Neuse remain. George Olsen has more.

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10:50 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Local Scientists Explore Wind Energy Development

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Local researchers embarked on a 10-day mission off the coast of North Carolina to map the ocean floor.  The new data may reveal areas where offshore wind energy development could occur with minimal impacts to sensitive fish habitats and ocean resources.

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10:35 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Conversation with Singer Songwriter Deidre McCalla

Credit Irene Young

Public Radio East's Mac McKee speaks with Diedre McCalla about her upcoming performances in eastern North Carolina.

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12:00 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Tornado Damage In Eastern North Carolina

Credit National Weather Service Newport

Hundreds of people are displaced after their homes were damaged or destroyed during last week's tornadoes.  An in-depth review of the storm that impacted eastern North Carolina and the efforts underway to help residents recover.

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11:14 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Living Shorelines

Credit North Carolina Coastal Federation

Protecting shorelines with natural, vegetative barriers is not only better for the ecosystem, it’s a more effective means of slowing shoreline erosion.  We speak to a local researcher about her work with “living shorelines.”

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7:39 am
Fri April 25, 2014

3D technology to aid in QAR artifact preservation

A concretion exterior and an x-ray that shows what may be an African currency called a manilla in the concretion.Credit N.C. Department of Cultural ResourcesEdit | Remove

New software may help remove some of the mystery from items slated for preservation for conservators at Greenville’s Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab. George Olsen has more.

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10:27 am
Mon April 21, 2014

North Carolina Civil War Trails

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In the final year of the 150th anniversary commemoration, more stops to the North Carolina Civil War Trails guide have been added.  We’ll talk about the most recent additions and local sites closer to home.

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7:53 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Conversation With NC Poet Laureate Joe Bathanti

Credit North Carolina Arts Council

April is designated at National Poetry Month.  We speak with North Carolina's seventh Poet Laureate Joe Bathanti.

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12:39 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Update On Statewide Telepsychiatry Program

Credit Photo by Richard Muldez - Provided by Albemarle Health

Twenty eight counties across the state do not have a psychiatrist, leaving many to seek treatment in local hospital emergency rooms.  But the Statewide Telepsychiatry program, which started in January, is designed to address a shortage of psychologists, especially in rural areas.  The program is helping patients get the help they need using video and audio streaming videoconferencing technology similar to Skype or Facetime.     East Carolina University’s E-Behavioral Health Telepsychiatry Center is providing the consultations and so far, the program is showing positive results.  A recent st

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12:34 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Future Of Drones In North Carolina

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State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes tells us about the future of drone technology in North Carolina and how drones could be used by law enforcement, in hurricane recovery and agriculture.

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7:29 am
Thu April 10, 2014

B.O.Q. - N.P. Simpson

B.O.Q. - N.P. Simpson

A new novel by a Raleigh author and one-time Jacksonville newspaper reporter introduces a new character investigating murderous going-ons at her old stomping ground. George Olsen has more. 

In 1993 N.P. Simpson published a book about a 1981 triple homicide at Camp LeJeune that to this day is unresolved.

“The perception was that the person who did it got off on a technicality. That’s not true. That’s not the case at all. But at the same time that gives it an unsatisfying edge. I can’t supply another ending to this. This is real life. Real life is a continuum.”

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11:37 am
Mon April 7, 2014

NOAA Beaufort Lab Faces Possible Closure

The NOAA Lab in Beaufort is involved with collecting and analyzing data on marine mammal species, assessing fish stocks, and working to understand the Atlantic ecosystem.

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11:25 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Down East Walk To Defeat ALS

A groundbreaking study into what may cause ALS was recently released by a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Maddison.  According to ScienceDaily.com, scientists pinpointed an error in protein formation that could be the root of ALS.  Commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig Disease, ALS is a progressive degenerative disease  that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  Raising funds for ongoing research is part of the reason for next weekend's Down East Walk to Defeat ALS in Greenville.  The non-profit Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter hopes to educate the public with the event

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11:01 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Drained Wetlands in Hoffman Forest

Two federal agencies are investigating whether managers at North Carolina State University’s 79,000 acre forest in Jones and Onslow Counties illegally drained wetlands.  Jared Brumbaugh reports.

It’s estimated that 6,700 acres of the wetlands in Hoffman Forest were impacted.  Project Manager for the US Army Corp of Engineers Wilmington Regulatory Field Office Mickey Sugg says it appears excavating equipment was used to create ditches for water to exit the property.

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9:55 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Speech Easy Technology Beneficial For People With Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a challenge for medical specialists and it can be frightening for the Parkinson's patient.  But a device called the Speech Easy, developed at East Carolina University, is making it easier for them to communicate more clearly. The device uses an auditory delay and a change in pitch that has been shown to increase the intelligibility of speech for people who stutter. But the technology has also shown benefits for people with Parkinson's disease.  Mac McKee has more.

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9:42 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Beneath The Waves Film Festival

Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

On April 5th, the Beneath The Waves Film Festival takes place at the coast.  The festival includes a variety of films highlighting coastal issues, a panel discussion with local scientists, and booths showcasing marine science that happens in Carteret County.

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7:39 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Gulf War Illness study continues at ECU

A study conducted at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine looking for both a treatment and a confirmatory blood test for Gulf War Illness will continue through 2015. George Olsen has more.

It’s difficult enough treating any disease, even more so when it’s a disease whose diagnosis can’t be confirmed.

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11:51 am
Fri March 21, 2014

NC Scientists Study Offshore Wind Energy Potential

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Coastal scientists are hoping to deploy two buoys in April to explore wind energy potential off the coast of North Carolina.  

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