New Bern, NC – Residents of the Albemarle - Pamlico Region are invited to share ideas and concerns about sea level rise at a series of public meetings that are being held over the next few weeks. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Sam Pearsall with the Nature Conservancy. The organization is one of several that are hosting the forums. Pearsall explained sea level rise and the threat it poses to the environment.
New rules on stormwater control receive Legislative approval
New Bern, NC – INTRO - The state Legislature has approved rules regarding coastal storm-water run-off that will supercede rules slated to go into effect next month. George Olsen has more.
The new rules replace those set up in the 1980s that many saw as ineffective in protecting shellfish waters from pollution. For those concerned about closures of shellfish waters, the new rules should be good news.
New Bern, NC – There's no question that change is on the horizon and already underway for many coastal communities in Eastern North Carolina. There's also no question that area residents have strong opinions both for and against development. Researchers at Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort are launching a two-year study aimed at documenting community perceptions of development and land-use change on coastal communities Down East. PRE's Megen George speaks with the study's principal investigator, Lisa Campbell.
New Bern, NC – Medicare, the government administered health insurance program for people 65 and over, is vital to many older adults in need of health care. But an Eastern North Carolina man would like to see the Medicare program re-worked from the ground up and he's working to form an organization in hopes of putting pressure on the US government to do just that.
Studies look at possible link between hog odors and health effects
New Bern, NC – INTRO - A pair of recently published studies attempts to lay groundwork showing a correlation between odor from industrial hog farms and adverse health effects on surrounding communities. George Olsen has more.
New Bern, NC – Each year, thousands of children enter into the North Carolina Foster Care System. However, the number of children in need of a home far exceeds the number of foster parents who are able to offer one. Many counties in Eastern North Carolina are instituting aggressive recruitment plans in hopes of encouraging more people to become foster parents. Megen George has this report for Public Radio East.
New Bern, NC – INTRO - The Libertarian Party of North Carolina announced last week it will appeal a Superior Court ruling denying their claims that state ballot access rules are unconstitutional. George Olsen has more.
New Bern, NC – Author Jack Kerouac is indelibly tied with the Beat Generation and best known for his work On the Road . Much myth and legend surrounds the novel, originally typed on sheets of paper known as the scroll . The truth is a bit more complex, though. Writer Marion Blackburn journeyed to New York City in February to see the original typed scroll of On the Road in person. She, and her husband Greg, traveled by train from Rocky Mount to Grand Central Station and she shares her journey with us.
Camp Lejeune Marines help with Indiana disaster recovery
New Bern, NC – INTRO - The Camp Lejeune-based 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit has been in Indiana since the first of the month to receive realistic urban training in advance of a late summertime deployment. But while there they found themselves in a real-life disaster situation and took breaks from training to help out affected communities. George Olsen has more.
New Bern, NC – A new antibody developed at ECU's Brody School of Medicine could offer hope for treatment of Ovarian and Breast Cancer. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Dr. Anne Kellogg, a pathologist who developed the breakthrough antibody.
New Bern, NC – The state Community College System has been under the microscope of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. The non-partisan organization is releasing a four part comprehensive study highlighting key issues affecting the system and recommendations to improve upon the services offered. Public Radio East's Megen George spoke with center director, Ran Coble about the study's findings.
Report lists conditions at Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
New Bern, NC – INTRO - A report released last week examines not only the condition of the shipwreck of the sunken Civil War ironclad Monitor but the waters where the shipwreck lies. George Olsen has more.
New Bern, NC – ECU's Brody School of Medicine and the Pitt County Public Health Department have formed a partnership in an effort to slow the spread of HIV and AIDS in eastern North Carolina. Public Radio East's Megen George spoke with Pitt County Health Director, Dr. John Morrow.
New Bern, NC – The Onslow County chapter of the Red Cross is offering assistance to residents who have been displaced by a tornado that swept through the community of Bellgrade. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Joy Branham, the Executive Director of the Onslow County Chapter of the Red Cross.
Jacksonville, NC – Jacksonville was the site of a campaign stop for New York Senator and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. Megen George attended the rally and has this report for Public Radio East.
New Bern, NC – Candidates running for the Democratic US Senatorial Seat met in New Bern for a forum hosted by Public Radio East and the League of Women Voters of North Carolina. Hear part one of the forum.