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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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. 

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

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

J. McCord / UNC-CSI

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


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

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. 

Allie Stewart, USFWS

State and Federal agencies are seeking public input on how to restore North Carolina’s largest natural lake.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.


The Navy has decided to extend the testing window to determine if drinking water supplies have been affected by past Navy fire-fighting operations in Down East Carteret County.    

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Hospitals across the United States are dealing with another kind of opioid crisis - limited access to injectable opioids.  As a result, some hospitals and physicians have had to switch to using higher cost alternatives and in some cases delaying or canceling surgeries.  Jared Brumbaugh reports on how hospitals in eastern North Carolina are affected by the nationwide shortage.

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The next phase of a bridge replacement project in Beaufort will open April 28th.  The new Turner Street bridge will provide access from the Gallants Channel high rise directly into downtown Beaufort.  Construction started in 2015.  Despite numerous delays, Mayor Rett Newton says he’s glad the project is complete.

Global TransPark

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will allocate more than $12 million in grants for infrastructure improvement projects at 10 airports across the state. 

Ryan Kennemur/NCWRC

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is extending the application period for permitted American alligator hunts for the September 1 to October 1 season. 

Nathan Reading

Health officials in Carteret County have noticed an uptick in the number of whooping cough cases in school-aged children so far this year.  


Officials want residents to provide input on the Land Use Plan for the Southwest Bypass corridor. 

NC Ferry Division

The Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry routes have returned to their regular published schedule, according to the North Carolina Ferry System. All vehicle size and weight restrictions have also been lifted.  The announcement comes after the U.S.


A new artificial reef will be constructed about two and a half miles off the Dare County coast later this year.

Cpl. Joey Mendez

Residents in Carteret and Jones Counties may notice an increase in military training activity later this month.  

Wake Forest Baptist

Memory loss is a devastating symptom of neurodegenerative diseases.  Now, there is some hope as a group of scientists have found a way to assist the brain’s ability to encode and recall memories using a new prosthetic memory system.

The Greenville Housing Authority and Pitt County Health Department have implemented a new smoke free policy at eight housing site months earlier than the federal deadline.   

NC Ferry Division

The North Carolina Ferry Division is adjusting the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry schedule to accommodate an emergency dredging effort due to shoaling at the northern end of Ocracoke Island.  

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A drug that can counteract the effects of an opioid overdose is now more widely available in Onslow County. 


The North Carolina Department of Transportation is collecting comments on a proposed widening project in Greenville.  

Kinston Public Services

Twenty-seven counties in eastern North Carolina will receive state funding to improve or replace drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.  

NC Highway Patrol

The North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program, in partnership with state and local law enforcement, is holding the annual Speed a Little. Lose a Lot. campaign, which runs through Sunday, April 1. 

We’d like to thank all of our current PRE members for doing their part during our Spring 2018 fundraiser.  Our big New Member Challenge was brought to a successful conclusion thanks to the 250 new members who pledged for the first time.  That means an extra 10 thousand dollars to help pay for the PRE programs you use every day.  Again, a special thank you to our NEWEST members for making this goal achievable.  If you are not yet a member of PRE, become one today and financially support the station that keeps you informed and entertained.

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Nearly 3,500 crab pots were removed from North Carolina coastal waters during a one and a half week cleanup effort.

City of New Bern

The City of New Bern is gathering public input on the proposed Master Plan for Martin Marietta Park.  

The 880 acres of donated land, along South Glenburnie Road, was acquired by the city last September.  A public input meeting was held in January for folks to share ideas on what types of amenities and programs to include the park’s Master Plan. Ronald Sage, a New Bern resident of 20 years is most excited about the possibility of an outdoor amphitheater.

National Endowment for the Arts

State and local arts organizations and military communities will hold a conference in Jacksonville this weekend to create a community-based arts programs for military personnel, veterans and their families.