North Carolina residents now have the opportunity to affect fracking policy. The state Mining and Energy Commission is accepting comments and suggestions regarding their proposed regulations. Lee Jenkins has more.
The Down East Journal has a new theme song composed by ECU grad Joshua Tomlinson. He recently finished up his masters degree in music theory and composition. Now he's enjoying his summer break and preparing to start a doctoral program at the University of Oklahoma. We caught up with Tomlinson this week to tell him the good news.
Thank you to all of the student composers who submitted ideas for the contest:
Public Radio East is a media sponsor for the Pamlico Opry summer series. It starts this weekend at the Turnage Theater and is sponsored by the Beaufort County Arts Council and the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association. Kicking off the series is Raleigh based bluegrass/americana band "The Outliers" this Saturday at 8pm. Mac McKee speaks with band member Julie Brown about her beginnings in music and her career with The Outliers.
Bath is celebrating its pirate heritage this weekend with its “There Be Pirates in the Port” event, featuring a historical re-enactment of the report of Blackbeard’s death and two lectures examining the life of Blackbeard and other pirates.
A program that saved the red wolf from extinction could come to an end. This week, we talk to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official about the experimental Red Wolf Recovery Program and the review that will determine its effectiveness.
The largest solar farm east of the Mississippi will break ground soon in northeastern North Carolina. We explore the Capital Partners Solar Project, which will provide power to universities in Washington DC.
Help Public Radio East pick the new theme song for Down East Journal. Please choose your favorite from the following three finalists. All selections were composed by students in East Carolina University's Department of Theory, Composition and Musicology. The project started last Fall and wrapped up before students left for summer break.
Listen to all three selections. Each are numbered 1 through 3. Choose your favorite and email the corresponding number to Public Radio East by clicking here. Thank you for your participation. All emails must be received by July 10, 2014. The winning theme will be debuted on Down East Journal on July 11, 2014.
Research by a team of coastal scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Science is gaining national recognition. The study looked at the rate at which oyster reefs grow and if they’ll be able to keep pace with rising sea levels. After 10 years of study in coastal North Carolina, the results show that oyster reefs grow much faster than previously expected and can also be an effective way of slowing erosion. Public Radio East's Jared Brumbaugh spoke with Dr.
Even though tobacco remains the number one cash crop in North Carolina, there's been a significant decrease in the amount of farmers growing tobacco in the past decade. We'll explore the future of the state's tobacco industry.
The North Carolina Symphony is presenting a Summer Concert Series of ten free outdoor concerts. Six of those performances will be here in eastern North Carolina. PRE's Mac McKee speaks with Senior Director of Statewide Development for the NC Symphony Rob Maddrey about the opening concert in the colonial capital that will include some well-known classical works, and an original composition by an eastern North Carolina musician.
A disturbing national trend involving heroin use has made its way into eastern North Carolina. The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office has decided to take a proactive step that could save the lives of some opioid abusers. George Olsen has more.
What has happened nationally is happening locally as well. Recent years has seen a resurgence in the use of heroin in response to growing addiction levels with less-available and more-expensive prescription drugs. That trend became a reality in Pitt County in recent years.