Valerie Crowder

News Reporter

Valerie Crowder was a reporter for Public Radio East.

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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.


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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. 

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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.


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


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.  


Members of the North Carolina State Board of Education unanimously voted Thursday afternoon to allow a low-performing elementary school in Goldsboro to remain under local control.  


Craven County

Community health centers in New Bern and Havelock will soon offer outpatient therapy and psychiatric care to patients struggling with mental illness and substance use disorders. 


North Carolina Waterkeeper Alliance

Every five years, the officials with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality revisit the permitting regulations for hog waste management.  

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Hate crimes are on the rise in North Carolina, the FBI’s latest crime statistics show.  Educators say bolstering Holocaust instruction in schools could address this problem.


Four of six proposed amendments will become part of the North Carolina constitution after voters had their say at the polls yesterday. Two of the more controversial state constitutional amendments passed in yesterday’s referendum. About 55 percent of voters approved of the amendment that would require voters to show ID at the polls. And almost 60 percent of voters cleared the way for a 7 percent income tax cap to become enshrined in the state constitution.

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Voters across the state have choices on this year's midterm elections ballots. Every state legislate race is contested and there are six proposed state constitutional amendments on the ballot.

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Election Day voting sites in five Eastern North Carolina counties have changed due to damages from Hurricane Florence.

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Last week, a group of about 20 educators and parents marched from the Richard Ray All America Park across the street to the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center, while shouting "Let's go vote!" 


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On the morning after Hurricane Florence had moved out of rural Jones County, N.C., Julie and Kris Ronan opened the front door of their home in downtown Pollocksville and shouted to their neighbors across the street: “We made it!” 


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Residents in Eastern North Carolina are less than three months away from casting their ballots in the mid-term elections.  This PRE elections' series spotlights their voices on the issues that matter most to them. In this part, voters in Carteret County express their views on state and local issues. 


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The latest report from East Carolina University's Center for Survey Research reveals higher levels of personal well-being among people who are employed. 

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Former Vice President Al Gore heard the concerns of Goldsboro residents who live near four coal ash pits, as part of a two-day ecological justice tour that began at Rev. William Barber’s church on Sunday.


As November’s mid-term elections draw closer, many voters might wonder if recent, court-ordered changes to state legislative maps affect their districts.  


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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. 


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.


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. 


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.  


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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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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.  


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.


Walter Jones

This mid-term election is the last time Eastern North Carolina voters will see Rep. Walter Jones's name on the ballot.  

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As educators in red states across the country go on strike, North Carolina’s teachers are planning to take action of their own.  The state’s teachers’ union is planning an advocacy day in Raleigh next month when the General Assembly reconvenes.


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State funding for public education in North Carolina remains below pre-recession levels, despite inflation and higher personnel costs.  And less funding for public schools has contributed to teacher shortages in most districts across the state.  Filling these vacancies is especially difficult for rural districts in Eastern North Carolina, which have smaller tax bases and are less desirable destinations for many recent college graduates.  


In two state legislative districts in Onslow County, it’s been more than a decade since a Democrat has run. 

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