Jared Brumbaugh

Jared Brumbaugh is the News Coordinator for Public Radio East, covering health and the environment.  His news spots and feature stories can be heard during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  Jared is the recipient of five North Carolina Associated Press Awards for "Best Feature," "General News," "Best Health Report," "Best Weather Report," and "Best Consumer Report." When not at the station, he enjoys hiking, traveling and honing his culinary skills.

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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.

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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.

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


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.


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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.  

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.

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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.

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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.

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Anglers could have less than two months to keep striped bass found in several Eastern North Carolina waterways. The State Fisheries Commission will decide on the proposed restriction next month.

North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association

More than 80 prospective hemp growers in North Carolina were given approval yesterday to participate in the state’s pilot program. 

The Small Business Administration is allowing North Carolinians to file a new disaster loan application for assistance with Hurricane Florence recovery, but applicants must provide an explanation for missing the deadline that’s acceptable to the SBA.

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A large scale cleanup project to improve water quality, remove fishing debris and collect derelict crab pots from all of Eastern North Carolina’s coastal sounds will soon get underway.  

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According to the most recent North Carolina Influenza Surveillance Summary, there have been 10 flu-related deaths in the state this season.  With the typical peak of flu season still a few weeks away, hospitals across the state are noting an uptick in outpatient and emergency department visits for influenza-like illness. 


Now that the U.S. Secretary of Commerce approved Gov. Roy Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration helping North Carolina’s fishing industry, officials will be surveying local fishers about damages from Hurricane Florence. 

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People in Eastern North Carolina now have until December 19th to register for Hurricane Florence disaster assistance.  

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Water quality, loss of habitat and chronic flooding on land surrounding North Carolina’s largest naturally formed lake are some of the key problems addressed in the final watershed restoration plan.  The draft was submitted last week to the State Division of Water Resources for final review and approval.  

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A recent study from East Carolina University’s Center for Survey Research, an estimated 393 million firearms are owned by civilians in American, but little is known about how many Americans follow basic gun safety and the implications for public health.  

City of Greenville

The City of Greenville has completed their 2018 Street Resurfacing Project, which included more than 27 lane miles of street upgrades.  The city council awarded $4.4 million to Rose Brothers Paving Company in June to resurface major thoroughfares in the City, including East Fifth St., East Arlington Blvd., Hooker Road and Red Banks Road.  The project also included deep patch repairs, milling, upgraded signal detection equipment and pavement markings.  The City of Greenville has improved nearly 120 lane miles of roadway since 2013

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The state epidemiologist and a local physician weigh in on acute flaccid myelitis, a polio-like illness affecting children across the country.

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North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has requested $250 million from the General Assembly to provide disaster assistance to farmers affected by the storm.  However, it's estimated that Hurricane Florence caused $1.1 billion in crop damage and livestock losses across North Carolina.

NC Ferry Division

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has awarded contracts for the construction of two new vehicle ferries that will replace older, smaller vessels.  The two new river class ferries, tentatively named the M/V Avon and the M/V Salvo, will have upgraded technology and increased capacity.