Gurnal Scott

Assistant News Director

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television.   After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there.  He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards.  In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston.  He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002.  Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio.  He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director.  In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent.  Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.

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Crime
5:10 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Two Men Indicted In Death Of UNC Professor

Troy Arrington (left), Derick Davis

A grand jury in Orange County has indicted two men in the robbery and death of a UNC Chapel Hill professor. 

Troy Arrington of Chapel Hill, and Derick Davis II of Durham are both charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the incident that led to Feng Liu's death. 

The News and Observer reports that evidence is still being gathered in the case according to Orange County D. A. Jim Woodall. 

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Sports
7:43 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Tee It Up: College Football Practice Cranks Up In NC

UNC's Kenan Stadium
Credit goheels.com

Footballs are flying once again in the Triangle, and across the state. The three ACC schools in the area have all begun practicing for the upcoming college football season.  UNC and Duke began drills last Friday while N.C. State took to the field on Saturday. 

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Sports
8:39 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Carolina Panthers Roar Into NFL Training Camp

Rookie defensive end Kony Ealy signing autographs for fans after practice.
Credit Carolina Panthers / via Twitter

The Carolina Panthers opened training camp for the 2014 NFL season this past weekend.  Head coach Ron Rivera says he feels -- even this early -- that his team is showing signs that it can live up to expectation set last season.  Carolina won the NFC South division title, but lost its first playoff game last January.

A couple of key concerns in camp will be quarterback Cam Newton's recovery from off-season foot surgery, and how Newton gels with a virtually untested receiving corps.  Rivera says how Newton throws the ball is the top priority.

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Environment
7:16 am
Tue July 22, 2014

'SolarBees' Poised To Churn Jordan Lake

DENR will use 36 water churning devices, or 'SolarBees', in Jordan Lake to keep algae from growing in stagnant water.
Credit JT Taylor / Flickr/Creative Commons

State environmental officials are overseeing the installation of special machines in Jordan Lake starting today. 

SolarBees are water circulators intended to prevent algae from storm water runoff from forming in the lake.  Installers are placing a total of 36 machines: 12 in the Haw River arm of the lake and 24 more in the Morgan Creek tributary.  

Susan Massengale is a spokeswoman with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  She says this step begins 18 months of water testing.

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Politics & Government
12:13 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Rep. Jim Fulghum Of Wake County Dies

Wake County state representative Jim Fulghum, M.D.
Credit NC General Assembly

Wake County state representative Jim Fulghum who was undergoing treatment for cancer has died.  House Speaker Thom Tillis confirmed Fulghum's passing in a statement on the speaker's website.  

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Environment
5:33 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar Is Defiant In Hurricane Arthur's Wake

The front door at Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar on the Outer Banks.
Credit Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Hurricane Arthur is continuing its path toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. Residents on Hatteras Island are under a mandatory evacuation order. But many other residents and business operators in Dare County are taking a wait-and-see approach to the storm.   Karen Overbey is a manager at the aptly-named Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar in Kill Devil Hills.  She says the hurricane hasn't driven their customers away so far.

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Health
8:40 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Seeks To Feed Hungry Kids On Summer Break

The Triangle-based Inter-Faith Food Shuttle wants to deliver meals to hungry children throughout the summer.
Credit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

The Triangle-based Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is helping feed kids that aren't getting enough to eat this summer. 

Officials with the charity say about 116,000 Triangle students receive free and reduced-price lunch during the school year. They say many low-income families have trouble making up for that nutrition when kids are out of school.  

Kyle Abrams manages child hunger programs for the Food Shuttle.  He says they're trying all sorts of ways to provide for the community.

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Environment
8:28 am
Tue May 27, 2014

NC State: Lack Of Plant Diversity Fuels Cankerworm Damage

Cankerworms like this one can chew through shrubs and leaves on trees that beautify urbam landscapes.
Credit Steve Frank

North Carolina State University researchers are looking into stopping an invasive species of caterpillar that can damage and kill urban trees and shrubs.   

Cankerworms are born from the eggs of wingless moths.  The moths climb the trunks of trees to nest in the winter.

N.C. State professor and entomologist Steve Frank says these young larvae do most of the damage to trees and bushes that dot the city landscape.

"And then in early Spring just as the leaves are opening on the trees, the cankerworm eggs hatch and the caterpillars start eating the leaves," says Frank. 

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Business & Economy
7:41 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Vivian Howard Accepts Peabody Award For 'A Chef's Life'

Chef Vivian Howard accepted a Peabody Award for the PBS series 'A Chef's Life'.
Credit Cherry Bombe Magazine / via Twitter

North Carolina chef accepted a prestigious award last night for a TV series that chronicles her life and her cooking.   Vivian Howard is co-owner of  "Chef and the Farmer," a fine dining restaurant in Kinston, N.C.  She and the television crew that makes the series "A Chef's Life" accepted one of broadcasting's highest honors, a Peabody Award, in New York. 

Howard says the journey to being accepted by the Kinston community was a long one.

"It really took a while for them to warm up," says Howard. 

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Politics & Government
6:07 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Tillis Sets Legislative Goals While Under The Media Microscope

House Speaker Thom Tillis is being scrutinized while leading the short General Assembly session.
Credit http://thomtillis.com/

House Speaker Thom Tillis laid out his goals for this year's General Assembly short session Wednesday.  He said the ultimate accomplishment for lawmakers will be making adjustments to the state budget in a timely manner. 

Tillis said he and other legislative leaders hope their actions over the next several weeks will support the governor in his efforts to put some long awaited raises into effect.

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