Over the past 30 years, black bear populations in North Carolina have increased fivefold. This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about new hunting policies in place to help stabilize their numbers. And, the re-located 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse reopens to the public this weekend in Edenton. More on its history and the renovation process. Listen for the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
This week on the Down East Journal, Cape Lookout National Seashore is looking for public comment on ways to facilitate ferry service to Shackleford Banks and the lighthouse. We explore how the project could impact the Down East economy. And, a growing number of eastern North Carolinians are looking at alternative ways to educating children. LC Morris reports on the facts surrounding homeschooling.
This week on the Down East Journal, Abraham Galloway was one of the first three African-Americans elected to the state legislature, but a new book by a Craven County native contends his importance extends far beyond that political first. And, after three years of renovations, the Bodie Island Lighthouse will open to the public for the very first time.
This week on the Down East Journal, Gov. Pat McCrory made a stop in New Bern to talk with constituents and outline his plan for North Carolina. Plus, we speak with the author of a study that found pockets of high cervical cancer rates in eastern North Carolina. And, an abandoned lighthouse 13 miles off the coast of the Outer Banks is being transformed into a research facility.