New Bern, NC – Do you ever wonder when you drop your kids off at school, if they're learning anything? According to a report released by the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, 46% of North Carolina's schools didn't meet expected growth outlined by the state accountability system last year. The problem may be linked to the growing rate of teacher absences.
State Officials and Residents Word to Re-populate the Eastern Oyster
New Bern, NC – The Eastern Oyster has always been an important part of ENC's culture and economy. But, oyster harvests have dropped dramatically in North Carolina. To reverse this trend, state organizations and ENC residents are working to restore oyster habitats.
Down East Residents Prepare for Storm Water Hearings
Gloucester, NC – Storm water is currently the largest source of pollution to coastal waters in North Carolina. The NC Division of Water Quality is currently hosting a series of meetings outlining potential changes to current storm water rules. PRE's Megen George traveled to Gloucester recently to gauge how "Down Easters" felt about the proposed changes.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Mental health advocacy groups have started a Web site they hope will get North Carolina political candidates and voters talking about ways to improve the state's mental health system. The North Carolina Psychiatric Association, the st
New Bern, NC – At the mention of a hurricane, some people in coastal North Carolina begin to worry. To others, a hurricane just means a little yard clean-up. With our proximity to the coast, it's important to know what to do, how to prepare for a hurricane, and the best way to ride a storm out. Jared Brumbaugh reports on everything you need to know about a hurricane.
Replacing the lagoon-and-spray field system on N-C hog farms
New Bern, NC – INTRO - The past General Assembly session saw passage of Senate Bill 1465, which takes a series of moratoriums issued over the past 10 years on the construction of new hog waste lagoons and makes it permanent. But while hog waste lagoons won't increase in number, they may not decrease much in number in the near future. George Olsen has more.
New Bern, NC – A recent study conducted by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis found deployment in military towns could be linked to income loss. We look at ENC's largest military town to see how deployment affects the economy.
Greenville, NC – Childhood obesity is a growing problem throughout the state. Over the last 25 years the rate of obesity has doubled for children aged six to eleven. As a result children are suffering from obesity related illnesses. PRE's Ashia Majors reports on the effects of childhood obesity and what one ENC county is doing to combat it.
New Bern, NC – Summer is here and outdoor activities are in the making. Along with them comes the irritation of pesky mosquitoes. But, to effectively deal with mosquitoes, each county must know which NC species is a problem in their area. Public Radio East's Ashia Majors reports on how one county is dealing with the recent surge of mosquitoes.
Trenton, NC – Furney Eubanks achieved national attention for his idea, the Easy Mower. Eubanks appeared on ABC's reality show American Inventor. He says the experience has helped him take his love of inventing to the next level.
Wanchese, NC – Over the course of the summer, PRE is taking you to coastal towns and fishing villages faced with increasing residential and commercial development. In May we learned about the sailing community of Oriental and the give and take between native residents and transplants. In June we traveled Down East , where residents are at odds with county commissioners over development regulations. Now we travel to Wanchese, where town planners may have used zoning to protect the town's heritage.
New Bern, NC – From the culture to the environment, the Neuse River plays a vital role in eastern North Carolina. It flows 250 miles from the Piedmont to Pamlico Sound and provides drinking water to 400,000 Raleigh-area residents. Nevertheless, a recent report ranked the Neuse as one of the 10 most endangered rivers in the nation. Ashia Majors has this story.
New Bern, NC – The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research recently conducted a study looking at the success rate of charter schools in the state. Over all their findings showed many of the schools didn't make the grade. Megen George has this report...
Atlantic, NC – Over the course of the Summer Public Radio East is traveling up and down the North Carolina coast taking you to coastal towns and fishing villages faced with the task of capitalizing on development while still maintaining their cultural identity. This month we travel Down East where residents are at odds with county commissioners over increasing development.
Audubon cites decline in numbers of common bird species
New Bern, NC – INTRO - A study released earlier this month by the National Audubon Society reveals a 54% decline in numbers of twenty common bird species in the United States over the past 40 years. That decline is affecting birds in North Carolina as well. George Olsen has more.
N-C Hunger Forum seeks 50% reduction in hunger rate
New Bern, NC – INTRO - In 1996 the World Food Summit Declaration from the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was issued, declaring a goal of cutting worldwide hunger in half by 2015. There's a similar goal in North Carolina, as the North Carolina Hunger Forum recently held public forums to work toward cutting hunger in the state by 50 per cent by 2015 as well. George Olsen has more.
New Bern, NC – The current North Carolina legislative session is in its waning months, but before budgets are finalized and last minute bills are approved, the NC Center for Public Policy Research has released the latest trends in the current legislature. Megen George has this report...
Ocracoke, NC – North Carolina teachers give their all when it comes to educating our children, but who teaches the teachers and rekindles their creativity and inspiration? PRE's Barbara Blake talks to Alton Ballance of Ocracoke Island about a new campus for public school teachers.
Greenville, NC – During the month of May, the Laupus Library at East Carolina University's Health Sciences Building is hosting an exhibit looking at the history of women in medicine. As part of the exhibit the library is also hosting a series of speakers. The first in this series was Dr. Regina Morantz-Sanchez who discussed how gender changed the history of medicine. Public Radio East's Megen George has the story.
Oriental, NC – Eastern North Carolina is growing and changing. Many waterfront communities look quite different compared with just 5 or 10 years ago. Over the course of the summer Public Radio East will take you to towns up and down the inner banks that are faced with increasing residential and commercial development. Our first stop is Oriental, the sailing capital of North Carolina.