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ECU News Services

We detail a new pilot program started by two medical students in Greenville that seeks to help military veterans transition back to civilian life.

Camp Lejeune

Local waters around a training range in Onslow County may pose a threat to people attempting to harvest oysters, clams, crabs and fish. Earlier this month, Camp Lejeune officials advised the public to avoid areas along the New River because of the possibility of unexploded munitions underwater. While the military hasn’t officially restricted these waters, some commercial fishermen around Sneads Ferry are concerned it’s only a matter of time before they do. “People are scared around here, if...

RAND Corporation

We know it’s important to get the recommended eight hours of sleep to maintain our health and wellbeing. We’re also familiar with how difficult it is. If sleep problems affect the general population, how much more do those same problems affect our military service men and women? Today, Mac McKee speaks with Wendy Troxel and Regina Shih of the RAND Corporation. They published a study that finds sleeping problems are prevalent among service members.

Marine Corps Installations East Regional Air Space Coordinator Dave Plummer

On February 5th, Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point will be responsible for civilian and military air traffic control over northeastern North Carolina. Jared Brumbaugh has more. Currently, First Flight Airstrip in Kill Devil Hills, Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo, Plymouth Airport in Plymouth, and Warren Field Airport in Beaufort County receive air traffic control services from the FAA’s Washington Center, in Leesburg, Virginia. Marine Corps Installations East Regional Air Space...

Marines from across the country come to Camp Lejeune, one of only three sites in the nation, to receive counter improvised explosive device training. This week on the Down East Journal, we take a trip to the Holly Ridge facility where 18 Georgia Liaison Team troops are preparing for deployment. This story contains sounds from military training exercise and may be upsetting to some listeners. On Wednesday , a bomb squad from Wilmington was called in to destroy an improvised explosive device...

A bill introduced Friday proposes changing Highways 117 and 70 to become interstates. Jared Brumbaugh has details. The Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act, sponsored by Congressman G.K. Butterfield, would designate Highway 70 from Raleigh to the Port of Morehead City as an interstate. The legislation seeks to do the same for Highway 117, connecting Interstate 795 corridor from Goldsboro to I-40. An interstate designation would allow for goods to be more efficiently transported...

Montford Point Marine Association http://www.montfordpointmarines.com

We remember the brave Montford Point Marines who faced segregation in service for an opportunity to fight for our country during World War II. Today, we honor the Montford Point Marines who were the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corp. They overcame discrimination and segregation in service for an opportunity to fight for our country during World War II. Wilmington resident Norman Preston is a hero, and World War II veteran. At 91 years old, he is among our...

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 Easts Jared Brumbaugh reports on the impact of the government shutdown on military bases in eastern North Carolina. List of impacted base programs and services: Camp Lejeune New River Cherry Point Seymour Johnson During a shutdown of the federal...

We highlight a partnership between local farmers and the military aimed at buying locally grown food and producing energy from local biofuel crops. Agriculture and the military. They both depend on undeveloped areas of eastern North Carolina to exist. “Agriculture needs farms and open space, military needs farms and open space.” But as more people decide to make eastern North Carolina home, land used for farming and military training are slowly disappearing. The pilot program Food and Fuel 4...

This week on the Down East Journal, we highlight a partnership between local farmers and the military aimed at eating locally grown food- and producing energy from local biofuel crops. And, we speak with the organizer of the Crystal Coast Music Festival about Saturday’s event on the Bogue Sound Waterfront in Morehead City. Catch the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas.

Local governments, schools and military bases are bracing for the impacts of sequestration. We explore how the series of automatic cuts will impact eastern North Carolina. The series of automatic cuts to government spending called sequestration will total more than a trillion dollars in savings over the next 10 years. The expenses of those savings is now beginning to ripple through our area, as L.C. Morris explains. Government agencies are now figuring out how they will begin to cut a total...

At some point before Friday at midnight, the President is expected to order across-the-board budget cuts to save $1.2 trillion dollars over the next ten years. Jared Brumbaugh spoke with Congressman G.K. Butterfield about how sequestration could impact eastern North Carolina. “It appears it’s too late, that it’s definitely going to happen.” If the sequestration goes forward, most of the effects could be felt in our area immediately. Butterfield says military readiness and middle class...

A private company in Elizabeth City is manufacturing a lighter than air technology called a tethered aerostat. They're being sold to governments and are the worlds only company devoted entirely to the production of these unique products. We recently toured the massive facility. From the road, Weeksville air station is unassuming. But if you get up close, the sheer size and breadth of the facility is overwhelming. The largest structure on the complex is the hangar, which is nearly 1,000 feet...

Less than a week after becoming the new governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory visited New Bern to talk with constituents and cast his vision for North Carolina's future. North Carolina is now under the leadership of the newly elected Governor, Republican Pat McCrory. Last Saturday, He was sworn in at the Old Senate Chamber in Raleigh. He didn’t waste any time getting to work. On his first official day in office, McCrory signed an executive order that dissolves a non-partisan commission...

Executive Order 124

Jan 15, 2013

We discuss Executive Order 124, which seeks to improve relations between North Carolina agencies and local military installations. On August 17 Governor Beverly Perdue signed Executive Order 124, to promote stronger communication between state agencies, community leaders, and military officials. Even though military officials and state officials say that more awareness of military activity is vital to North Carolina’s economy, the state has a long history of communication with its military...