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PRE news brief: budget votes ahead, reparations approved and several volunteer opportunities

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

  • State lawmakers plan to hold votes Thursday and Friday on a long-delayed $30 billion budget – without a controversial casino proposal that had stalled negotiations.
  • High Point city council approved adopting a reparations report that outlines policies to address past racial discrimination.
  • A man arrested after a weekend police chase and motorcycle crash in Georgia turned out to be fugitive accused of avoiding a child rape charge in North Carolina by faking his own drowning death last month in a Mississippi River kayaking accident.
  • Applicants are needed for a commissioned contractor to operate a license plate agency in Greenville.
  • The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will hold a specially called meeting on Thursday in New Bern.
  • Jones County is currently looking for two more volunteers for its Nursing Home Committee.
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore will host a beach cleanup on Shackleford Banks on Saturday, picking up marine debris to preserve the environment for the wild horses.
  • An eastern North Carolina Coast Guard crew recently helped improve the environment for marine life off the coast.
  • The family of a 14-year-old girl who allegedly discovered an iPhone taped to the back of a toilet seat on a recent flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Boston said they believe she was targeted by a member of the crew.
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