The North Carolina Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to have their corn tested for aflatoxin to prevent contamination of feeds and food. Jared Brumbaugh has more.
Aflatoxin is a byproduct of a mold, and can be harmful to both humans and livestock. Feed Compliance Officer George Ferguson says the Cunningham Research Station in Kinston is one of six drop-off locations across the state where farmers can submit their 5 pound sample of shelled corn.
The City of Kinston is combating gang activity by increasing police presence in the community with the implementation of a new gang unit. Jared Brumbaugh has more.
On Monday night, City Council members voted to fund the unit, consisting of four members who will work in areas where gang activity is prevalent. The decision comes after a successful program during the summer. Kinston’s Public Safety Director Bill Johnson says during the six week period, officers arrested 129 individuals, served 92 warrants and removed 17 guns off the streets.
A press release from the Department of Public Instruction says the rate of students graduating in four years or less is now 83.8 percent … up from 82.5 percent in 2013 and from 68.3 percent when the state first started reporting the four-year cohort graduation rate in 2006. The percentage of students graduating in five-years or less is 84.9. DPI notes the graduation rate has risen despite students needing at least 22 credits to graduate compared to needing 20 in 2009. DPI also reported that all subgroups of students had higher graduation rates in 2014 from the prior year.
North Carolina wants the public’s help in dealing with a growing problem – buzzards at boat ramps across the state.
The state Wildlife Resources Commission says the Buzzards, also known as vultures, are federally protected birds of prey. Geoff Cantrell of the Commission’s Public Affairs says the birds have damaged vehicles and trailers.
“They are leaving scratches and torn places on vehicles and boat trailers, they are pulling at the molding around windshields, pulling at the wiper blades, they are pulling at antennas – that sort of thing.”
Severe weather on Monday spawned reports of hail damage in Eastern North Carolina. Lee Jenkins reports.
Craven and Pamlico County were pelted with hail caused by Monday afternoon’s severe thunderstorms. The National Weather Service says the City of Havelock took the brunt of it. Minnesott Beach, Charles Street, and the Cherry Point marine base had reports of golf ball sized hail, two inches in diameter. Gumbranch Park in Havelock had hail the size of baseballs, and sixty-five mile-per-hour wind gusts were recorded near Cherry Point.