Disability Rights NC will hold a community forum to hear from people with disabilities about the lack of services and support at emergency shelters during and after Hurricane Florence. Staff with the organization monitored 26 disaster shelters across Eastern North Carolina to determine if people with disabilities received adequate care and treatment.


The North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting Thursday evening on a proposal to replace two bridges in Pamlico County.  Both bridges are located on N.C. 55 between Bayboro and Stonewall.  Bridge #36 was built in 1960 and spans the South Bay River.

Twenty six candidates have filed with the State Board of Elections to run for the vacant 3rd Congressional District seat, held by Rep. Walter Jones (R-Farmville) for almost a quarter of a century until his death last month. 

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Congressman G-K Butterfield has introduced an amendment to the Democrats’ sweeping elections reform bill – For the People Act – which would increase access to early voting sites in rural communities. 

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A bipartisan group of more than a dozen U.S. House members paid tribute on Tuesday night to Congressman Walter Jones, who represented Eastern North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district for almost a quarter of a century before he died last month.

Mario Merlini

Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder affecting around 170,000 seniors in North Carolina and more than 5 million people in the U.S.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of people with the disease will more than triple by the year 2050.

Congressman Walter Jones's Legacy Of Independence

Mar 6, 2019
Rep. Walter Jones

3rd Congressional District candidates are filing with the State Board of Elections this week. Several candidates have officially thrown their hats into the ring to fill the seat left vacant after Republican Congressman Walter Jones died last month. P-R-E’s Valerie Crowder has more on the legacy of the congressman whose empty seat they’re vying to fill.  

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Special elections to fill the 3rd Congressional District seat left vacant after Congressman Walter Jones Jr. died earlier this month are set to begin this spring. 

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine and the North Carolina Division of Public Health are drafting a 10-year plan to address health issues in the state

Free download of the title track from Karla Bonoff's new CD Carry Me Home, currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.


A major highway project planned in Craven County will ease traffic congestion and make traveling to the coast quicker.     


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Leaders from several Eastern North Carolina communities met in Raleigh on Wednesday to talk about regional priorities for Hurricane Florence recovery and what needs to be done to mitigate damages from future storms.  

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FEMA specialists will be in Eastern North Carolina this week offering tips on how to protect their families and homes against future disasters.  Community mitigation resiliency workshops are planned Tuesday at the Jacksonville Government Center from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday at the Lenoir County Cooperative Extension in Kinston from 5-7 p.m.  Floodplains maps will be on display and residents can get advice on home repairs, making disaster plans, flood insurance, and tips on rebuilding their homes stronger to withstand future storms.

EPA Outlines Plan For Dealing With Toxic Chemicals In Water

Feb 14, 2019

Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water in several states. Environmentalists countered that the agency wasn't moving fast enough. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler released an "action plan" for dealing with the long-lasting substances, which have been linked to health threats ranging from cancer to decreased fertility.


Jared Brumbaugh

Residents in Eastern North Carolina who are still recovering from Hurricane Florence may be eligible to get a case manager to help with long-term needs.  According to a press release, FEMA approved the state’s request for a grant to provide disaster case management services for up to 24 months.    Case managers will work with faith-based and volunteer organizations to provide help with financial, physical, emotional or spiritual well-being and referrals for materials and resources to help with rebuilding.  

Rep. Walter Jones Jr. Dies On 76th Birthday

Feb 11, 2019
Rep. Walter Jones

U.S. Representative Walter B. Jones Junior died Sunday afternoon. It was his 76th birthday.

Jones represented Eastern North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District for almost 25 years, following his father who served in Congress for about the same length of time.

PRE's Valerie Crowder spoke with two of Jones's political colleagues who knew him well.   

Carteret County health officials want feedback from residents as they prioritize health needs in the community, and create a plan to address those needs. 

Coastal Land Trust

The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust is one step closer to protecting more than 5,500 of natural area in Down East Carteret County.

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If you’re among the 35 percent of adults in North Carolina who were told by a health professional that you have hypertension, chances are you’ve been prescribed blood pressure medication. An October 2018 study published in the British Medical Journal now links certain blood pressure drugs with an increased risk of lung cancer.

Voter Turnout Down In Two Florence Disaster Counties

Feb 4, 2019
Valerie Crowder

Hurricane Florence contributed to a drop in voter turnout in two federally-designated disaster counties, according to a recent analysis of the midterm elections’ turnout.

Valerie Crowder

About 300 people resided in the town of Trenton before Hurricane Florence brought historic flooding to Jones County four months ago.  More than 100 homes in the town are now vacant, and only six businesses are open, said Mayor Darlene Spivey.

Valerie Crowder

Four months after historic flooding from Hurricane Florence caused widespread damage in Jones County, the county courthouse and jail remain closed for repairs.

Paul Barker, Office of the Governor

Governor Cooper and leaders from his administration were in Eastern North Carolina on Tuesday to discuss several issues affecting the region. 

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division plans to replace an aging coastal ferry with a new, larger vessel.  The M/V Rodanthe, which can carry about 40 vehicles at a time, will require fewer trips between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. 


The deadline to sign up for a program that provides partial repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence has been extended to Feb. 10.

Walter Jones

FARMVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones has undergone surgery for a broken hip suffered at his home.

Carteret Community College

Community college leaders plan to request additional funding to compensate tuition losses from enrollment declines due to Hurricane Florence in next fiscal year's state budget.  

Jared Brumbaugh

Floodwaters and storm surge during Hurricane Florence in September caused significant amounts of debris to wash into coastal waterways.  Much of the trash is still littering shorelines more than four months after the storm.  Volunteers in Atlantic Beach, Rodanthe and Holly Ridge help remove an estimated 6.5 tons of marine debris during a recent cleanup projects.

Jay Dimig

More than a dozen members of a conservation group organized an "emergency cleanup" at Cape Hatteras National Seashore over the weekend to ensure the park remains pristine, while its employees are away during the partial government shutdown.