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PRE news brief: Titan submersible wreckage found, a tornado in Kinston, a bump in police funding

The support boat for the Titan submersible, which was taking five people to view the Titanic wreck, lost contact with the under water craft on Sunday and the wreckage was found on Thursday by a remotely operated vehicle, or ROV. Samantha Flounders is an ROV driver at the UNC-Wilmington and although she was not involved with the search for the Titan, she explained how ROVs are used, their strengths, and their limitations.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Kinston Thursday afternoon, damaging a furniture store, buildings, homes, trees and utilities.

The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday approved funding from the state to support overtime pay for police officers.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to