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2:21 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

NC Commercial Fishing Harvest Up In 2014

According to the NC Division of Marine Fisheries, the blue crab is common to all North Carolina coastal waters, but the largest populations tend to live in the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds.
Credit NC Division of Marine Fisheries

Despite a downward trend, a recent report shows commercial fishing catch in 2014 was up.  Jared Brumbaugh speaks with North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Trip Ticket Program Coordinator Alan Bianchi about the latest numbers, which show a 23% increase over the previous year.

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11:20 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Footgolf Tournament In Greenville This Weekend

A hybrid sport called "footgolf" is growing in popularity since it was introduced in the U.S. four years ago.  It's even spreading into eastern North Carolina with certified courses in Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount and Wilmington.  Whether you'd like to show off your footgolf skills or try it out for the first time, the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina is holding a footgolf tournament in Greenville on Saturday May 30th.  Proceeds from the event will support the non-profit.

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8:18 am
Tue May 19, 2015

NCDOT Proposes New Passenger-Only Ferry From Hatteras To Ocracoke

Hatteras to Ocracoke Ferry
Credit NCDOT Ferry Division

The economy of Ocracoke Island is based primarily on tourism.  So, news that visitation is down has prompted the Ferry Division to support the idea for a new passenger only ferry from Hatteras. The move should help minimize congestion for visitors and generate revenue for the isolated village.

For a ferry schedule, go to http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/ferryroutes/#0

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11:49 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Despite Early Tropical Storm, Below Average Hurricane Season Predicted

Tropical Storm Ana off the East Coast May 9th, 2015
Credit NASA Earth Observatory

Three weeks from the official start of Hurricane season, Tropical Storm Ana impacted eastern North Carolina dumping several inches of rain across the region and triggering a  tornado along the Outer Banks.  Five rresidents in Lenoir County had to be evacuated due to rising flood waters.  

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11:42 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Free Concert At Union Point Park Sunday

There’s a big outdoor concert happening this Sunday.  The Craven Community Concert Band will be performing at Union Point Park in downtown New Bern at 6:30.  The free concert will include marches, show tunes, and patriotic music.  Today, Mikel Peterson speaks with Director Matt Farquhar about this Sunday’s waterfront concert.

For more information, go to http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/pre/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&eventID=1676961

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11:36 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Kinston Drugstore Added To National Register Of Historic Places

The protests we see today echo a movement that was felt in eastern North Carolina more than 50 years ago.  This week on the Down East Journal, we examine the history of Standard Drug #2 in Kinston, a location recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.  The property’s racially segregated lunch counter was the site of two sit-ins during the Civil Rights movement. 

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9:22 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Body Camera Usage In ENC

We explore how law enforcement officers in eastern North Carolina are using body cameras, from urban areas to rural towns.

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9:18 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Veterans Organic Garden In New Bern Employing Homeless and Disabled Veterans

We visit the Veterans Organic Garden in New Bern and talk to disabled former service members who are growing crops for the community.

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9:51 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Pitt And Onslow Counties Deal With Overcrowding In Schools

Kindergarten students at H.B. Sugg Elementary School in Farmville, NC
Credit Pitt County Schools

Overcrowding in public schools is a growing issue across our state, as school districts accept more children than they can reasonably handle. This congestion puts a strain on resources and affects student behavior and learning. Here in eastern North Carolina, Pitt and Onslow counties are addressing this same issue in two different ways; through redistricting and open enrollment opportunities.

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9:37 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Work Has Begun To Replace Buoy 41036 In Onslow Bay

Buoy 41036 in Onslow Bay was removed on January 7th. Efforts are underway to replace it with a smaller, more easily deployable and cost effective buoy.
Credit CORMP

Efforts are underway to replace a valuable nautical marker and data collecting buoy in Onslow Bay.

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11:45 am
Fri April 24, 2015

ENC Residents Weigh In On Proposed Seismic Testing

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

This week, Governor Pat McCrory expressed before Congress his support for environmentally safe and responsible offshore energy exploration.  He testified on President Obama’s Offshore Energy Plan that would open areas off the North Carolina coast to oil and gas drilling by the year 2022.  Before development can take place, seismic surveys will determine tracts of land that are conducive for offshore drilling.  Deputy Director for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Walter Cruickshank says the surveys will update information that’s four decades old.

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11:41 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Emergency Dredging At Oregon Inlet Continues

Special Purpose Vessel CURRITUCK
Credit US Army Corps Of Engineers Wilmington District

On April 2nd, emergency dredging began at the Oregon Inlet channel.  An underwater survey on March 27th showed the channel with a depth of less than two feet seaward of the Bonner Bridge.  Today, on the Down East Journal, I speak with Chief of Physical Support Branch with the Army Corp of Engineers Wilmington District Donnie Potter who says the dredging project is on track, despite a delayed start.

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11:37 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Sleep Problems Prevalent Among Military

Credit RAND Corporation

 

We know it’s important to get the recommended eight hours of sleep to maintain our health and wellbeing.  We’re also familiar with how difficult it is. If sleep problems affect the general population, how much more do those same problems affect our military service men and women?  Today, Mac McKee speaks with Wendy Troxel and Regina Shih of the RAND Corporation.  They published a study that finds sleeping problems are prevalent among service members.

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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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