Jared Brumbaugh

All Things Considered Host / News Coordinator

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.

Two North Carolina state lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19. Senate Rules Committee Chairman Bill Rabon of Brunswick County announced Tuesday the results of a coronavirus test he took on Monday after experiencing mild cold-like symptoms. State Rep. Brian Turner of Buncombe County announced Monday he had tested positive. They participated in the same duck hunting trip last Friday attended by other elected officials. It's unclear whether the virus was contracted on the trip. Rabon attended last week's opening day of the General Assembly session, but Turner didn't attend.

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Joe Biden is giving his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. NPR reporters are annotating his speech live with fact checks and analysis.

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States. Watch NPR's live coverage of celebratory events throughout the day.

Democratic candidates dominated fundraising in the elections for the top statewide positions in North Carolina government last fall, but it didn’t always translate into victories. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's fundraising total for his successful reelection bid reached $41 million, compared with almost $12 million for GOP challenger Dan Forest. But new Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson won despite millions spent by billionaire Michael Bloomberg to help Democratic candidate Yvonne Holley.

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House of Representatives is debating an article of impeachment against President Trump following the violence at the U.S. Capitol. The article charges Trump with incitement of insurrection.  Watch the debate and vote live.

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As North Carolina continues its coronavirus vaccine rollout, more local health departments and hospitals will soon begin offering vaccines to people 75 years and older.  State Health Director Mandy Cohen said Wednesday some counties have already started vaccinating elderly residents.  WITN reports that the Onslow County Health Department gave out more than 130 vaccines today.  Carteret Health Care and the Carteret County Health Department said vaccination clinics will be available as early as Thursday by appointment only.

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Beginning at 1 p.m., members of Congress are formally counting the Electoral College votes. A group of Republicans are planning to object to the results, citing false claims of widespread voter fraud. President Trump continues to baselessly claim that he won the election rather than Joe Biden, who is set to be sworn into office on Jan. 20. Watch the proceedings live. 

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Millions of North Carolina motor vehicles will soon be getting a freshen-up when it comes to their license plates. Starting in 2021, any regular plate that’s at least seven years old on the vehicle’s registration renewal date will be replaced. Similarly aged specialty and vanity plates will be changed out starting in 2022. The schedule is designed to carry out a law creating a replacement mandate. Plates faded by time and the elements are difficult for police and machines to read.

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Residents are being asked to report sighting of cold stunned trout in North Carolina coastal waters to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. Acccording to a news release, spotted seatrout move to relatively shallow creeks and rivers during the winter, where they can be vulnerable to cold stun events. Studies suggest that prolong periods of cold weather that casuse cold stun events can have a significant negative impact on spotted seatrout populations.  Reports can be made by contacting the N.C.

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President-elect Joe Biden has offered the leadership of the Environmental Protection Agency to Michael Regan, a North Carolina regulator who's made a name pursuing cleanups of industrial toxins and helping low-income and minority communities hit hardest by pollution. Regan is head of North Carolina’s environmental agency. Biden also plans to nominate New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, making her the first Native American to head that agency. The developments were confirmed by two people familiar with the selection process.

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Six employees on the Pamlico Sound ferry route between Cedar Island and Ocracoke have tested positive for COVID-19.

A task force commissioned by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has recommended far-reaching changes to police, criminal justice and court systems, with a goal of eliminating racial inequities. The report of the North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice was released Monday. There are 125 recommendations on topics ranging from police training and body cameras to the death penalty and decriminalizing marijuana. The panel began in the days following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody. Many recommendations would need General Assembly approval.

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported Friday more than 7,500 new coronavirus cases.  That’s double the amount of daily cases reported by the state a month ago.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

A global life science services company announced an expansion that will add 500 new jobs in Greenville over the next two years.   Thermo Fisher Scientific plans to invest approximately $500 million dollars to expand its sterile drug product development and commercial manufacturing of medicines, therapies and vaccines.  According to a news release from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the company will build a new, 130,000 square-foot facility with two live-virus filling lines which will be operational in 2022.  The company already employs about 1,500 people at its Greenville campus.

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Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that North Carolina will enter into a modified Stay at Home order on Friday.  The mandate will require people to stay at home between 10pm and 5 am.  Businesses like restaurants, bars, and personal care businesses will be required to close by 10 pm.  According to a news release from the Governor’s office, travel to and from work; to obtain food, medical care, fuel or social services; or to take care of a family member is exempted.

North Carolina’s public schools will receive $14 million for the state’s share of a record settlement with a satellite television company that federal courts have determined participated in unlawful telemarketing activities. State Attorney General Josh Stein and other government attorneys who anchored the litigation against Dish Network announced the $210 million settlement several months after a federal appeals court decision addressing a 2017 trial judgment in Illinois. The U.S.

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Cape Lookout National Seashore said Thursday it plans to demolish several historic structures that have been battered by storms and rising sea-levels.

“Deterioration, lack of attention, and our environment have all contributed to the loss,” said Jeff West, the Superintendent of Cape Lookout National Seashore.

National Hurricane Center

November 30 is the final day of the extremely active Atlantic Hurricane season, and the National Hurricane Center reports a record-breaking 30 named storms and 12 land falling storms.  It’s the fifth consecutive year with an above normal hurricane season.  While several tropical systems impacted Eastern North Carolina this year, the main threat came from Hurricane Isaias in August.  The category one storm caused widespread power outages, spawned several tornadoes, and killed four people.  Even though Monday marks the official close of the Atlantic hurricane season, the Center said tropical

Some North Carolina colleges plan to require students to show a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to campus after their winter break. At the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors meeting last week, President Peter Hans said schools will do re-entry testing or require students to show a negative test before they can return for the spring semester. The News & Observer reports that Hans also sent a letter to chancellors on Nov. 2 suggesting strategies for the end of the fall semester and spring.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has issued a new directive to boost mask wearing and tighten business restrictions amid rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Occupancy and mass gathering limits remain unchanged in Monday's executive order. The state's top public health official, Dr. Mandy Cohen, warns that North Carolina is "on very shaky ground" heading into the Thanksgiving holiday. Cooper's executive order goes into effect Wednesday and expires Dec. 11. Businesses and individuals will be subject to fines for refusing to follow the statewide mask mandate, first issued in June.

A federal appeals court has upheld a 2018 jury verdict that led to monetary awards for neighbors of an eastern North Carolina industrial hog operation for its smells and noise. Thursday's ruling by a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected calls for a new trial by Smithfield Foods. It's a parent company of the firm sued by Bladen County residents living next to one of its previous contract farmers. Judges did rule in favor of Smithfield's subsidiary on the issue of punitive damages.

Home sales on North Carolina’s Outer Banks are booming in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and low interest rates. The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that homes and lot sales from Corolla to Ocracoke reached $1.18 billion through October. That’s the most since the all-time record of $1.5 billion set in 2005. Dan Sutherland, director of multiple listing services for the Outer Banks Association of Realtors, said that sales will likely pass $1.6 billion and set a new record. Tourists have flocked to the Outer Banks for its lack of density and open spaces.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is warning counties they may face extra coronavirus restrictions if they do not follow public health guidelines. Cooper and health officials unveiled Tuesday a new alert system to encourage counties with high levels of virus transmission to more aggressively enforce statewide health guidelines. Counties will be marked different colors based on cases, hospitalizations and the percentage of tests coming back positive. The state health department has labeled 10 largely rural counties “red” because of critical community spread.

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As the holiday season approaches, state health officials have released guidance on celebrating with family and friends during the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

"With Thanksgiving and other holidays fast approaching, many families are considering how they can celebrate safely," said Gov. Roy Cooper at a press briefing last week.  "I know it's difficult after months of having to be careful but don't let frustration and fatigue cloud your judgement when it comes to staying safe and protecting your loved ones."  

 

On the U.S. map, click on North Carolina to view live results for the state's 2020 presidential, governor, Senate and House races.  

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East Carolina University

East Carolina University in Greenville announced Monday additional furloughs for some employees as revenues continue to decline significantly during the coronavirus pandemic. The university said in a news release that 99 employees who work in housing and dining are being furloughed. Some employees will be placed on furlough for a set number of days while others will be on full furlough for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Around 1 p.m. on Sunday, WTEB HD-1 and HD-2 went off air due to an issue with the transmitter. This also affected the web stream at www.publicradieast.org.  Our staff and engineers restored the signals around 1:50 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

North Carolina Coastal Federation

The North Carolina Coastal Federation received more than $185,000 to construct a living shoreline in Bogue Sound.  According to a news release, a grant from the Environmental Enhancement Program administered by the N.C.

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This Halloween, celebrations hosted by ECU students will contend with the dangers and restrictions imposed by COVID-19. PRE’s Jamie Rodriguez has more on how the University plans to enforce mass gathering limits during the holiday.


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More than a month after a fish kill in the Neuse River was initially reported, thousands of Atlantic menhaden continue to turn up dead in the water and on shore. “Fish kills are a fairly regular occurrence on the Neuse due to all of the nutrient pollution,” said Katy Hunt, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper with Sound Rivers. “Although, we haven’t seen a fish kill that lasted over a month since the 1990s.” At the end of September, Sound Rivers started receiving reports of a fish kill occurring at the mouth of Slocomb Creek, the Carolina Pines area, and across the river at Kennel Beach.

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