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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Law
6:00 am
Wed April 10, 2013

State Attorney General Disturbed By Increasing Domestic Violence Deaths

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper
Credit N.C. Democratic Party

State Attorney General Roy Cooper says he's concerned about an increase in domestic violence deaths in North Carolina last year. 

State law requires police agencies to report domestic violence deaths to the SBI.  Cooper says the 122 deaths last year are 16 more than in 2011.  He called the increase "disturbing" and urged the state to do more to stop these crimes before they happen. Wake County had the highest number of domestic violence deaths at 11, followed by Mecklenburg and Guilford counties with eight and six respectively. 

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Politics & Government
6:21 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Auditor's Report Questions Princeville's Money Management

Princeville historic marker as the first established community by freed Blacks
Credit N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources

The state Auditor says two Princeville town officials misspent public money. 

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Health
7:51 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Duke Doctors Discover Pathway To Possible HIV Vaccine

Electron microscope image of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Credit Duke University

Duke University researchers are several steps closer to developing a vaccine to help the body fight HIV. 

A team of doctors was able to find and track down rare  individuals whose immune systems can produce enough antibodies to combat the virus that causes AIDS. 

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Military
7:29 am
Thu April 4, 2013

North Carolina To Open New State Veterans Home

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

North Carolina will open its newest full-service State Veterans Home Thursday in Kinston.  Residents there can have on-site registered nurses, therapists and service officers to assist with VA benefits to deal with their physical injuries.  They will also be either next to, or a short drive from, a local hospital should they need more intensive medical care. 

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Business & Economy
7:50 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Durham Commission Approves Proposal For Downtown Tower

The proposed 26-story tower as it would be viewed from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Credit Austin Lawrence Partners

Members of the Durham Historic Preservation Commission have voted to approve a 26-story mixed-use tower in the downtown area.  Colorado-based developer Austin Lawrence Partners plans to incorporate about 60 percent residential units and 40 percent retail and business space into the building.  Plans would also incorporate facades of older buildings into the high-rise's design. 

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Law
7:49 am
Tue April 2, 2013

North Carolina Steps Up Crackdown On Internet Sweepstakes Parlors

Credit Pete Labrozzi via Flickr, Creative Commons

Police and prosecutors are working to enforce a state Supreme Court ruling that outlaws web-based sweepstakes games.    The justices' ruling last December upheld a law passed two years earlier by the General Assembly.  Since then, sheriff's departments have had the backing of prosecutors and Attorney General Roy Cooper in conducting stings to shut down the industry.

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Environment
4:49 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

NC State Tests Dune Filtration System On Coast

BEFORE: Dune filtration system installation.
NC State University

Researchers from NC State have developed a new stormwater filtration system designed to trap pollutants and bacteria that can often cause beach closures. The new system consists of a series of chambers that divert stormwater runoff into sand dunes, which act like giant filters. The filtering materials are buried beneath the dunes so that there are no visible materials on the surface.

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Sports
7:54 am
Mon March 25, 2013

March Madness Men's & Women's Roundup

Credit D. Myles Cullen / defense.gov

Men's Tournament

No. 2 seed Duke heads to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Creighton, 66-50. North Carolina exits the tournament at the hands of the Kansas Jayhawks for the second straight year.

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Law
6:41 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Eugenics Compensation Part Of Gov. McCrory's Budget Proposal

Credit NC Dept. of Administration

Victims of North Carolina's discontinued eugenics program could get the compensation they've sought if Gov. Pat McCrory's budget proposal is accepted.  He's allocated $10 million in his spending plan to compensate past victims of forced sterilization.  The program ran from 1929 to 1974.  State researchers said during hearings in 2011 that there could be anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 victims still alive. 

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Education
10:03 am
Wed March 20, 2013

McCrory Unveils Safer Schools Initiative

Credit State Dept of Public Safety

Governor Pat McCrory has introduced a new initiative to improve school security.  He has created the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools within the state Department of Public Safety.  McCrory says the center will work with school administrators, law enforcement and state mental health experts to minimize serious threats in and around schools.

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