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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Politics & Government
7:48 am
Wed February 20, 2013

State Auditor Finds Industrial Commission Failed To Ensure Injury Compensation

State Auditor Beth Wood
Credit NC Auditor's Office

WUNC`s Gurnal Scott reports on the state auditor`s report on the N.C. Industrial Commission

North Carolina's auditor says the state's Industrial Commission is failing to guarantee if companies can cover injured workers' compensation claims.

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Politics & Government
4:38 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Raleigh Planners Working For A 'Walkable' Capital City

Hillsborough Street, Raleigh
Credit City of Raleigh

Raleigh city leaders are planning a more pedestrian-friendly city for the future.  Planners have been drafting a new unified development ordinance.  They say the guidelines in it will transform parts of the city with development that will encourage less travel by car to get around.  

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Business & Economy
6:25 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

N.C. Biotech Sector Is Fastest Growing In The Nation

Source: Batelle Technology Partnership

Biotechnology leaders in North Carolina are encouraged by a new survey's results.  Officials with the Batelle Technology Partnership say North Carolina's biotech -- or life sciences sector is the third largest in the nation -- behind only California and Massachusetts.  Numbers show that while the state's economy has struggled, biotech has continued to prosper.  The state's biotech industry has grown 23-and-a-half percent from 2001 to 2010..faster than any other state.  Norris Tolson is C-E-O of  the

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Environment
6:35 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Kitty Hawk Wants Wind Farms Further From Coast

Credit Board of Ocean Energy Management

The Kitty Hawk town council has adopted a resolution to keep any proposed offshore wind energy turbines out of sight.  Council members forwarded the resolution to federal regulators as a plea to protect the natural beauty of the Outer Banks. 

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Business & Economy
6:45 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

President Obama Visits Asheville To Discuss Jobs, Manufacturing

Courtesy: The White House

President Obama made Asheville the first stop of a three-day trip to push economic proposals he made in his State of the Union address this week.  The president got a tour yesterday of the Linamar machine parts plant before making some remarks.  Canada-based Linamar moved to Asheville after a Volvo plant left taking hundreds of jobs with it.  The president says he'd like to see the federal government help make Linamar's example more common in cities that have been hit hard economically.

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Health
11:37 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

McCrory, Lawmakers Want To Block Medicaid Expansion

Pat McCrory
Credit Governor's Office

A state House committee has moved along a bill that would block any state-funded expansion of Medicaid.  The Health and Human services Committee voted to follow Governor Pat McCrory's lead saying that Medicaid should not grow to cover about half-a million uninsured residents.  States can expand Medicaid to help cover the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act..but they can also opt out of that expansion.   Governor McCrory said the program's budget is tight in a speech at the Emerging Issues Forum at N-C State yesterday.

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Law
10:39 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Hearings On HMS Bounty's Sinking Begin

A federal safety panel will open hearings on the sinking of a tall ship during Hurricane Sandy last October.  The H-M-S Bounty set out to sea from a Connecticut port to outrun Sandy before it grew into the superstorm that slammed the northeast.  The crew had to abandon ship in 30 foot swells before the tall ship sank just off Cape Hatteras.  One crew member died.  The body of the the ship's captain was never recovered.  Coast Guard spokesman Lieutenant Mike Patterson says eight days of hearings are scheduled to find out what went wrong.

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Energy
10:50 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Group Says 'Cogeneration' Could Save Energy

CHP system at UNC
Credit www.southeastcleanenergy.org

Energy watchdog group NC WARN is asking state utilities commissioners to look at an alternative way for companies to generate electrical power.  NC WARN sent a report to commissioners outlining a process called "cogeneration” that allows businesses to use an on-site turbine to generate electricity and capture escaping heat.  The group's report says doing that can drop the rate of wasted energy from 55 percent to as low as 20 percent.

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Business & Economy
5:02 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Duke Energy To Close Controversial Nuke Plant

Duke Energy officials have decided to retire a controversial nuclear facility in Florida.  They say it will be more cost effective to shut down the Crystal River facility than to repair it.  Regulatory leaders in North Carolina and Florida discussed Crystal River's future during the merger of Duke Energy and  Progress Energy.  Spokesman Mike Hughes says the utility used a repair scenario analysis to make the decision.

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Law
10:33 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Muslim American Terrorism In Decline

Researchers at Duke University say the number of Muslim Americans convicted of terrorist acts in the U.S. is on a steady decline. They released the findings in conjunction with the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.  In 2009, 49 people were arrested, and the number has dropped each subsequent year to 14 arrests last year. David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center, says recent terrorism plotters haven’t been as sophisticated.

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