Waterkeeper Alliance

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators have finalized tougher restrictions upon neighbors of hog farms seeking to sue for damages because of the stench and other nuisances coming from industrial-scale livestock operations.

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Governor Roy Cooper along with several Atlantic Coast governors are opposed to a bill that would require states to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to block offshore drilling from happening off their coasts. 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are looking again at changing the rules on early voting, a popular idea which has prompted legal action.

A House committee voted Thursday to change the 17-day early-voting schedule and require more consistent voting times during that period.

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As the number of opioid overdoses continues to climb statewide, more children of parents who struggle with addiction are entering the state’s foster care system. 

NC Emergency Services

More than a dozen gauges that warn residents and communities in the event of dangerous flood conditions will soon be installed along several local waterways.  


Camp Don Lee

East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine is hosting a summer camp for children with chronic illnesses and those who lost siblings.  

NC Public Health

Tobacco use among North Carolina teens continues to rise, according to the statewide 2017 Youth Tobacco Survey released last week.  

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

The synthetic opioid fentanyl is responsible for twice as many deaths in North Carolina than heroin, according to a report from the State Chief Medical Examiner Office. 

ENC Voters Help 'Constitution Party' Gain Ballot Access

Jun 8, 2018
The Constitution Party of North Carolina

North Carolina voters have a fifth option to consider when deciding which political party to join.  The Constitution Party gained official recognition on Wednesday, with help from residents in the eastern part of the state.

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Park officials at Cape Hatteras National Seashore say two more people have died while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.  That's the third death in the past week. 

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the state budget adjustments approved by the Republican-dominated legislature.

East Carolina University

Students seeking admission to one of the 14 community colleges throughout the region can simultaneously apply to East Carolina University, starting this fall. 

Pitt County Government

Pitt County commissioners approved next fiscal year's budget on Tuesday evening despite requests from educators and parents for more public school funding.   

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Researchers are developing a nasal spray formulation of esketamine, part of the ketamine molecule, that can rapidly treat depression and suicidal thoughts. 


NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a challenge by residents and property owners to a proposed bridge at the North Carolina Outer Banks.

North Carolina Department of Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to spend $147 million on highway improvements throughout Eastern North Carolina. 

Jared Brumbaugh

Ten communities in Eastern North Carolina will each receive $750,000 in federal funds to help repair flood damages from Hurricane Matthew.  

East Carolina University

Under state lawmakers' budget, East Carolina University's  academic affairs department would lose $1.1 million -- the largest individual funding reduction to any University of North Carolina school. 

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina General Assembly debating adjustments to the state budget (all times local):

June 1st marks the official start of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  

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Local anglers and divers are needed for a new citizen-scientists project to collect information for shark research and conservation.  

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

The regional food bank is asking for the community's help to ensure that more than 145,000 residents in Eastern North Carolina don't go hungry this summer. 

Roughly three people in North Carolina die each day from an opioid overdose.  State lawmakers are considering new legislation aimed at reducing that number.  

Many of you have discussed with us ways in which you can assist Public Radio East in reaching the magic mark of zero deficit at the end of the fiscal year.  We are grateful to each donor who has come forward with additional gifts and new memberships.  We are also grateful for the many corporate sponsors who have asked how they could help this month.  You can listen to our countdown information each day as we close down the year.


Transportation officials will hold public meetings around the state next month to get feedback on the State Transportation Improvement Plan.  

Valerie Crowder

More than a dozen high school students in Pitt County led a candlelight vigil yesterday in honor of the victims killed in the Santa Fe, Texas High School shooting.

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May 23, 2018

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Valerie Crowder

Federal prosecutors are working more closely with local law enforcement agencies throughout Eastern North Carolina in an effort to reduce violent crime and drug trafficking.  

ENC Teachers Attend Statewide Demonstration

May 17, 2018

Hundreds of teachers and public education advocates traveled from Eastern North Carolina yesterday to state capital, where they joined thousands of others demanding higher teacher pay and more school resources.

NOAA Fisheries Harvesting Systems Unit

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission voted Thursday to change the way large vessels trawl for shrimp in the Pamlico Sound.