National Park Service considers raccoon removal from South Core Banks
New Bern, NC – INTRO - The National Park Service is taking public comment on a proposal for a one-time removal of a portion of the raccoon population on South Core Banks to see if that might help the survival rate of shorebird and sea turtle nestings. George Olsen has more.
In a lot of respects, the status of shorebirds at Cape Lookout National Seashore is as good as it's been in a long time.
New Bern, NC – Like gas and groceries the cost of childcare is going up and Eastern North Carolina is seeing childcare rates topping out at over seven thousand dollars annually. Megen George has this report for Public Radio East
New Bern, NC – A recent report issued by the Southern Aids Coalition discusses an alarming increase in cases of HIV and AIDS in the south. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Dr. Diane Campbell with the Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Campbell says the epidemic facing the Southern Region of the US is reflected in Eastern North Carolina.
New Bern, NC – As Election Day nears Public Radio East is bringing you interviews and profiles of the candidates. A few weeks ago we spoke with the Democratic candidate for US Senate, Kay Hagan. Now we talk with current US Senator Elizabeth Dole. Public Radio East News Director Megen George recently interviewed the republican incumbent.
New Bern, NC – As election day nears Public Radio East is providing listeners with features and interviews with the candidates. Public Radio East's Jared Brumbaugh recently spoke with Charlotte Mayor and republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory, and has this profile.
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.