Eastern North Carolina has been inundated with rain when a system stalled along the coast, dumping up to 22 inches of rain in some areas.  The slow moving nor’easter combined with tropical moisture from Hurricane Joaquin and caused widespread flooding across the region on Sunday and Monday. 

U.S. Coast Guard

When the U.S. Coast Guard responds to an emergency off the North Carolina coast, they don’t expect the call for help to be a hoax.  Unfortunately, these events occur more than you think.  Responding to false distress calls is not only expensive, it can put rescue personnel in dangerous situations. A local man was recently sentenced to prison for making hoax calls to the U.S. Coast Guard in October 2013.  Sarah Finch has more.

It’s the familiar fable of the boy who cried wolf, but in this case, with very costly consequences.

This is the time of the year when baby sea turtles begin to hatch and make their way toward the ocean.  But not all of them will make it.  This week on the Down East Journal, we visit the North Carolina Aquarium and talk about their efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and educate the public about this threatened reptile.  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.

We talk to a local nonprofit on their efforts to open a shelter to help young boys victimized through sex trafficking.  The Greenville home would be the first of its kind in the country.