ENC Features

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11:54 am
Mon June 15, 2015

The Down East Journal (06/12/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, we take part in drone testing with the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort.  From tracking sea turtles off our coast to collecting information about marine debris, drones are proving beneficial to coastal scientists.  And, traffic congestion around Camp Lejeune has police cracking down on motorist blocking a major intersection. 

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11:25 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Coastal Researchers Are Testing Drones In Beaufort

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation and Ecology at the Duke Marine Lab Dave Johnston explains how the drone works to his technical and undergraduate students.
Credit Scott Taylor - Duke Marine Lab

We take part in drone testing with the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort.  From tracking sea turtles off our coast to collecting information about marine debris, drones are proving beneficial to coastal scientists.

From Amazon’s package delivery drone to the Air Force’s mighty MQ-1 Predator, unmanned aerial vehicles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. At the coast, marine scientists are working on new ways to apply the technology, with promising results.

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10:16 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Jacksonville Police Cracking Down On Traffic Violators

The intersection of Lejeune and Western Blvd. Traffic is bottlenecking as motorist turn left to access Tarawa Terrace gate 2.
Credit Googe Earth

Jacksonville Police are aggressively issuing citations to drivers who block major intersections during busy commuter periods along Lejeune Boulevard.  Sarah Finch has more.

Motorists in Jacksonville are all too familiar with traffic congestion, especially around Camp Lejeune in the morning and afternoon. And the problem didn’t get any better when the Marine Corp base closed one of their gates on May 27th.  Camp Lejeune Public Affairs Director Nat Fahy says they shut down the gate for security reasons, and to free up military personnel to manage other base entrances.

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9:31 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Local Scientist Leads Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence

Dr. Rick Leuttich, director of the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences and the UNC Center for Natural Hazards and Disasters, uses computer modeling to predict storm surge from hurricanes and the areas effected.
Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Predicting the frequency and severity of coastal storms isn’t an exact science.  But a new North Carolina based partnership  is seeking to better predict and mitigate impacts from hurricanes and tropical storms.  Public Radio East’s Jared Brumbaugh has more.

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9:18 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Summer Concert Series At The Coast

Scearce & Ketner performing at Fort Macon in 2011.
Credit Friends of Fort Macon

It's live music at the beach.  The Friends of Fort Macon Concert Series is happening again this year.  Public Radio East's Mac McKee speaks with President Tom Kelly about the free performances.

  Performance Schedule:

June 12   The Unknown Tongues
June 26   Scearce and Ketner
July 10   Wild Honey
July 17   The Morehead Brass
July 31   4EverAll
Aug 7   Samantha Casey and the Bluegrass Jam

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ENC Features
9:06 am
Tue June 9, 2015

New Art Exhibit Opens In Greenville

Credit Contributed Photo

Greenville is one of the largest cities in eastern North Carolina.  Its changing landscape is the focus of a new exhibit which opened June 5th and will run through August 27th.  Sarah Finch has more.

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2:30 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Marine Corps Bases In ENC Reducing Carbon Footprint

Credit Camp Lejeune

In a nation-wide push by the Marine Corps to reduce energy costs and consumption, Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point have begun training troops to cut down on power bills and bad habits. Sarah Finch has more.

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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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