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.
New Bern, NC – Advanced math and foreign language classes will soon be requirements for students attending North Carolina High Schools. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Rebecca Garland, the Executive Director of the State Board of Education.
New Bern – INTRO - The state Department of Health and Human Services predicts an influenza pandemic could affect nearly 3-million state residents and a severe outbreak could result in 65,000 deaths. When that pandemic could strike the state is a mystery, so preparations for the event are underway. George Olsen has more.
New Bern, NC – The placement of a Naval Outlying Landing Field in Eastern North Carolina is one of the most contentious issues facing the area in years. Despite heated opposition by area residents and environmental groups, the Navy maintains a site in Beaufort and Washington Counties located 5 miles from a wildlife refuge is the preferred site for the OLF, and plans to present this finding in a series of six public hearings. Megen George has the report for Public Radio East...
New Bern, NC – Although weather in North Carolina is slowly moving into the milder temperatures we're accustomed to, Public Radio East regular commentator Marion Blackburn found herself contemplating Eastern North Carolina's interest and awe at that rare form of precipitation snow.
New Bern, NC – Recent statistics show that heart disease is the number one killer of women over age 25. One in 2-point-6 women will die of cardiovascular disease compared with one in 30 from breast cancer. However only 13 percent of women view cardiovascular disease as a threat. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Valerie Gatlin, a nurse manager at Pitt County Memorial Hospital with 18 years of experience in cardiac surgery.
New Bern, NC – Americans are among the most overweight people in the nation. Many people who reach dangerous levels of obesity turn to weight loss surgeries, such as gastric bypass. Pitt County Memorial Hospital and The Brody School of Medicine is now offering an alternative to gastric bypass surgery laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, or LAP-BAND surgery. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Dr. William Chapman, chief of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at PCMH.