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PRE news brief: Hurricane Nigel, an aviation stand-down, and Neuse River fish kills

The main stories we’re following this morning on Public Radio East:

  • Tropical Storm Nigel formed in the Atlantic late Saturday, and the National Hurricane Center said it intensified into a Category 1 hurricane early Monday.
  • The Marine Corps has issued a service-wide stand-down for all aviation units worldwide after three aviation “mishaps” within the last two months.
  • A Sound Rivers team was out on the water last week, investigating the ongoing fish kill on the Neuse River.
  • Republican lawmakers are considering legislation that ties Medicaid expansion to the legalization of new casinos.
  • September is National Recovery Month, and state health officials are highlighting people in recovery from substance use and mental health conditions, while also promoting treatment and recovery practices.
  • Fall migration season is ramping up. So, Audubon North Carolina is encouraging people to protect migrating birds by turning off lights at night.
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