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Stories broadcast on PRE which are of interest to Eastern North Carolina

UNC Research

The North Carolina Shellfish Initiative will officially be launched at a public event Thursday morning in Morehead City.  

National Montford Point Marine Association

A ceremony honoring the first African Americans in the Marine Corps was held in Jacksonville on Wednesday.  

Water samples collected at sites in Beaufort, Craven and Pamlico counties last week have come back with elevated levels of E. coli and other bacteria. 

NC Coastal Federation

Nearly $2 million dollars in state and federal funding will bolster oyster habitat at the mouth of the Neuse River.   

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

An experimental model is forecasting significantly low dissolved oxygen levels in the Neuse River Estuary, which could trigger algal blooms and fish kills.  

2018 NC General Assembly District Maps

Jul 17, 2018

As November’s mid-term elections draw closer, many voters might wonder if recent, court-ordered changes to state legislative maps affect their districts.  

ECU News Services

East Carolina University researchers are conducting a survey to assess community health needs in Pitt and Onslow counties.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Mary Lide Parker/ UNC Research

One of the longest running shark surveys in the world is taking place off the coast of North Carolina.  For the past 45 years, researchers at the University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences have been catching and tagging a variety of shark species in an effort to determine the health of the ocean and measure changes in shark populations.

Jared Brumbaugh

In the latest round of hazard mitigation funds for Hurricane Matthew-damaged homes, five communities in  Eastern North Carolina will receive a total of $20.8 million. 

NC Coastal Federation

A new pervious parking lot at Swansboro Town Hall is designed to absorb rainwater, reducing the amount of stormwater that ends up in nearby waterbodies.  

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All East Carolina University graduates are now considered full members of the university's alumni association, regardless of whether or not they've paid membership dues. 


The State Division of Water Resources is urging people in the northeastern part of the state to avoid contact with bright green or blue colored water in the Chowan River. 

Wikimedia Commons

A recent nationwide survey from East Carolina University’s Center for Survey Research measures American attitudes on life, liberty and happiness 242 years after Thomas Jefferson first penned those words in the Declaration of Independence. 

East Carolina University

Researchers at East Carolina University are interested in identifying the genes that enable Lyme disease causing bacteria to move from host to host.  Their findings could eventually lead to the development of an antimicrobial medication for the disease.

Kathy Wilson

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public assistance in reporting observations of wild turkeys this summer.  

Valerie Crowder

Roughly 150 Eastern North Carolina residents and community leaders rallied in Greenville on Saturday to protest the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, which has left more than 2,000 undocumented immigrant children separated from their parents.

Boating App Could Help Improve Safety On Water

Jun 29, 2018

An East Carolina University research professor has recently launched an app for recreational boaters that could eventually help reduce the number of boating accidents and fatalities.  


The State Department of Transportation announced Thursday that a new intermodal transportation facility is coming to Edgecombe County.  The project could create more than 1,300 jobs in the region. 

Jared Brumbaugh

Three new application centers are opening in Eastern North Carolina on Thursday to help people whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew. 

City of Greenville

Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly's State of the City Address highlights the city's efforts to attract new businesses.


The State Department of Transportation along with several Pitt County municipalities held another public meeting Monday evening on the Southwest Bypass project.  

Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy

North Carolina State Board of Education members voted on Thursday to transfer control of Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy in Bertie County to Global Education Resources Inc., a nonprofit education management group that operates three charter schools in the state. 

Valerie Crowder

Craven County Schools is one of a few districts across the state to include public input in crafting a vision that will guide the school board’s policymaking decisions. 


A new passenger ferry that will provide service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands is in the final stages of construction. 

Shrimp Rise As Overall NC Commercial Catch Dips

Jun 19, 2018

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials say commercial fishing in the state declined by weight last year even as shrimp volume increased to a record high.

State Emergency Management last week announced more than $8.5 million in mitigation grants to help homeowners recover from Hurricane Matthew.

Seymour Johnson AFB Public Affairs

A new medical clinic opened Friday at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro.  The Thomas Koritz Clinic will feature 24 clinics including flight medicine, family health, pediatrics, women’s health and pharmacy for active duty and retired military members and their families.  The new clinic is named in memory of a flight surgeon who was killed during a bombing mission during operation desert storm.  Construction of the clinic began in August 2014 and cost about $55 million to construct.

Waterkeeper Alliance

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators have finalized tougher restrictions upon neighbors of hog farms seeking to sue for damages because of the stench and other nuisances coming from industrial-scale livestock operations.

Creative Commons

Governor Roy Cooper along with several Atlantic Coast governors are opposed to a bill that would require states to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to block offshore drilling from happening off their coasts. 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are looking again at changing the rules on early voting, a popular idea which has prompted legal action.

A House committee voted Thursday to change the 17-day early-voting schedule and require more consistent voting times during that period.