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11:31 am
Fri November 1, 2013

More Artifacts Recovered From Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge

Credit NC Dept of Cultural Resources

On Monday, the Department of Cultural Resources Underwater Archeology team performed their last dive of the season to recover artifacts from Blackbeard's flagship the Queen Anne's Revenge, and it was a huge success.  Five cannons and two large concretions were brought up from the bottom of the ocean floor, making it the largest one day recover of cannons so far.  Public Radio East's Mac McKee spoke with Director of the State Office of Underwater Archeology Steve Claggett about the dive.

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11:29 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Onslow County Residents Set to Vote on Bond Referendum on November 5th

Onslow County residents vote next week on a bond referendum to allocate 75 million dollars for security upgrades, major maintenance projects and the replacement of two schools built in the 1920’s.  

Next Tuesday, November 5th, voters in Onslow County will decide the fate of a bond referendum allocating 75 million dollars for the school system.  The money will be used for security upgrades, major maintenance projects and the replacement of two schools built in the 1920’s.  Associate Superintendent for Human Resources Barry Collins says the need for improvements is great.

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11:13 am
Wed October 30, 2013

The Down East Journal (11/01/13)

On the next Down East Journal, Onslow County residents vote next week on a bond referendum to allocate 75 million dollars for security upgrades, major maintenance projects and the replacement of two schools built in the 1920’s.  And, we speak with the “poet of the violin” Joshua Bell about his performance at East Carolina University next Sunday.   The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

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11:35 am
Fri October 25, 2013

NC Scientist Visits China To Study Toxic Green Slime

Credit Dr. Paerl, UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

The common blue green algae found on local waterways has bloomed into an unprecedented event in the Taihu basin.  We speak with North Carolina scientist Dr. Hans Paerl about his research trip to China and what we can do to prevent cyanobacteria from proliferating in eastern North Carolina.

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11:09 am
Fri October 25, 2013

NC Coastal Federation Receives Federal Grant For Coastal Project

This week, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Services awarded North Carolina, three other states and two Caribbean nations 8 million dollars for coastal projects.  The North Carolina Coastal Federation received $35,000 to work with fisherman to create new oyster reefs from recycled crab pots.  Public Radio East’s Mac McKee has this.

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10:01 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Statewide Telepsychiatry Program Starts Next Year

Credit Photo by Richard Muldez - Provided by Albemarle Health

This week, we speak with acting State Health Director Dr. Robin Cummings about the new, statewide telepsychiatry program starting in January, and how East Carolina University will be involved with the program.

Last week, we heard an in-depth conversation about the future of telemedicine in eastern North Carolina and how new technology could be used to provide access to specialized healthcare for people living in rural  and underserved areas of the state, such as Bertie, Beaufort, Duplin, and Edgecombe.

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10:01 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Telemedicine Used to Treat Diabetes Patients in Rural ENC

Diabetes is a growing concern for North Carolinians, especially for people who live in the eastern part of the State where studies have shown diabetes cases are rampant.  East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine is looking to curb the obesity rate by offering people who live in rural areas access to health care specialists using new telemedicine methods. Today, Public Radio East’s Mac McKee talks to the Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Dr. Doyle Cummings about how the video conferencing technology works, and how it will be implemented in eastern North Carolina.

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9:53 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Washington's Turnage Theater Opens Again

After being vacant for two years, the iconic Turnage Theater will soon open its doors again for theater performance and live musical entertainment.  We talk to the executive director of the Beaufort County Arts Council about the non-profit's plan for the century old venue for the arts. 

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7:49 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Rooftop Garden - Acoustic Syndicate

Rooftop Garden - Acoustic Syndicate

INTRO – It’s not quite a comeback for the Cleveland County-based band the Acoustic Syndicate. They hadn’t been in a studio since 2004, they haven’t regularly toured in that time either… but they never quite got all the way out with occasional shows here and there over the last several years. Now they’re back in a big way… new tour, new CD… and again willing to consider the bright lights with the knowledge they can always contentedly return to the farm. George Olsen has this.

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5:45 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Impact of the Government Shutdown on Military Bases in ENC

For the first time in 17 years, the federal government has shutdown.  And, as a result, National Forests across the country are closed, workers are furloughed, and government benefit programs that help needy families are being shuttered. Public Radio East’s Jared Brumbaugh reports on the impact of the government shutdown on military bases in eastern North Carolina.

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12:06 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

"Kitchens of New Bern Tour" This Weekend

We speak with Mary Ester Baker, the Regional Development Officer for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina about this weekend's "Kitchens of New Bern" fundraiser tour and about the non-profit's effort to feed hungry people in our area.

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11:56 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Ferry Crew Honored for Saving Their Captain's Life

Credit NC Ferry Division

We speak with crew members of the motor vessel Croatoan who received an honorary award for saving their captain’s life when he unexpectedly collapsed while the voyage was underway.

For more information on how to respond if you find yourself in an emergency situation, go to: http://emergency.cdc.gov/

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12:03 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

New Non-Invasive Depression Treatment Avaliable in ENC

This week, we speak with an East Carolina University psychiatrist about a new, non-invasive treatment being used for people living with depression. 

Depression… it’s difficult to treat.  An estimated one in 10 adults in the United States suffers from depression, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It’s a very common disorder and a very serious disorder that has significant disabling features associated with it.”

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2:33 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Substance Abuse Prevention Event in New Bern

The non-profit Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse and Prevention was formed in 2007 after a United Way survey of community leaders in 2006 revealed the most important health issues in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Pamlico revolved around substance abuse.  Onslow County later joined the initiative because of their high number of alcohol related car crashes.  Programs from this non-profit seek to curb substance abuse and are ongoing.  Today, Mac Mckee talks to Shirin Scotten with the Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse and Prevention about the organization, its goals and a public education

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10:04 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Coastal Scientists Seeking To Change Oyster Regulations

Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

We speak to an eastern North Carolina based scientist who is part of a research project aimed at changing federal regulations surrounding the harvest of oysters in our state.

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9:50 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Cycling For The Coast Fundraiser

Credit Photo by Christy Sutton Rouse

As we head into a cooler weekend, cyclists of all stamina levels are hoping the great weather holds out for the 2013 Cycling for the Coast fundraiser. Public Radio East is a proud media sponsor for the North Carolina Coastal Federation's latest fundraiser.  Today, Public Radio East's Mac McKee speaks with Federation spokesperson Sarah Phillips about the many ways you can take part in helping promote education and issues important to eastern North Carolina's delicate coastal habitat.

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9:49 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Kinston Bypass' Impact on Historic Battlefield

We hear the latest on the Highway 70 bypass project in Kinston and how it might impact a historic battleground site.

Officials are now in the process of deciding the best way to facilitate construction of a new bypass on Highway 70 in Lenoir County with the least amount of impact to a historic Civil War battleground site.  Lenoir County Commissioner J. Mac Daughtry is also chairman of the Lenoir County Transportation Committee.  He says the highway project is intended to make travel to the coast quicker, and transport of goods across the state easier.

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10:12 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Lionfish Workshops Across the Carolinas

Credit REEF.org

  This week, fisherman and divers in the Carolinas are learning about the invasion of lionfish and how to deal with them. The environmental non-profit REEF is holding free classes to teach people about lionfish collecting and handling, lionfish biology, and ecological impacts.  I spoke with communications and affiliate program manager Keri Kanning about the workshop and about how lionfish came to be a problem for North Carolina's native fish population.

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10:05 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Upcoming Carolina Chamber Music Festival in New Bern

Public Radio East is a media sponsor for the 11th Annual Chamber Music Festival in New Bern next week.  Classical Music Host Finley Woolston spoke with festival organizer and Greenville native Jennifer Lucht about the event.

For more information, go to http://carolinachambermusic.org/

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10:39 am
Wed August 28, 2013

A Wilmington Theater Houses Oldest Known Stage Curtain in the U.S.

Backdrops and props for theater productions are normally temporary and change frequently.  But a 155 year-old hand painted curtain at Thalian Hall in Wilmington has survived – and is thought to be the oldest stage curtain in the United States.

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