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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Business & Economy
12:58 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Forum To Discuss State Of NC Agriculture

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler
Credit www.ncagr.gov

Farmers and many of those they do business with will gather at the State Fairgrounds Thursday for the annual Ag Development Forum.  State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will begin his third term in office by discussing the state of the industry.  Ag Department spokesman Brian Long says the meeting will be about much more than just tending crops and animals.  It's about the process of getting the goods to your home.

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Politics & Government
9:36 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Hagan Welcomes Immigration Reform Proposal

North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan
Credit www.hagan.senate.gov

Senators from both sides of the political aisle have come to a compromise on federal immigration reform.  North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan is welcoming an immigration proposal from a group of eight of her colleagues. Their proposal seeks to revamp the system that allows immigrants into the country as well as create a citizenship pathway for the millions of immigrants currently in the country illegally. 

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Business & Economy
5:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

DNC Brought Economic Boost To Charlotte

Charlotte leaders released a report calling the 2012 Democratic National Convention an economic success for the Queen City.

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Weather
4:13 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Wintery Mix Serves Up Slick Roads

Interstate 40
Credit NC DOT

Triangle areas are experiencing sleet, freezing rain and -- in some parts snow -- as part of a winter weather system quickly passing through.  While the falling precipitation is expected to end this evening, the slick conditions it will leave behind may cause issues for drivers into tomorrow morning.  NC DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo says maintenance employees are planning for long shifts today.

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Law
6:29 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

State Attorney General, Wake County DA Seek Tools To Fight Corruption

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on efforts to give state prosecutors and investigators new powers to fight public corruption.

North Carolina's attorney general wants new laws for state agents and prosecutors to urge cooperate in public corruption investigations.

Attorney General Roy Cooper says state prosecutors should be able to convene grand juries to get to the heart of corruption.  He's tried before to secure the power..but says the legislature has so far refused to act.  Wake County D-A Colon Willoughby says they can do it for drug offenses..but that needs to expand.

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Politics & Government
10:16 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Wake County Commissioners Propose School Board Changes

A majority of Wake County commissioners are seeking changes on the way the county's school board operates.

Republican commissioners narrowly outvoted Democrats on the proposed changes.  G-O-P commissioners want to change the election procedure for school board members.  Their proposal would have five districts represented on the board with four at-large seats.  School board members each represent a district right now. 

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Education
5:34 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

One of Duke's First Black Students Remembers Integration

Duke University is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first five black students to attend the school.  Organizations are planning several events over the next nine months leading up to the anniversary this fall.  Nat White, Jr. is one of the three surviving members of the group of five.   He said on WUNC's "The State of Things" that he didn't know quite what to make of the experience as it happened.

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Environment
9:37 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Raleigh Residents To Hear Details of $28M Water Plant Expansion

Raleigh utilities officials hope to outpace city growth by unveiling a new phase in wastewater treatment expansion.

City leaders say new residential development and yearly threats of drought warrant a new upgrade at the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Over the years, the plant's capacity has doubled from 30 million gallons of treated water daily to 60 million. 

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Education
9:50 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Duke Researchers Say Economic Segregation in Schools is Rising

A Duke University study finds the state's schools are becoming less racially segregated and more economically segregated.

For decades, race has been the most common measure of school segregation.  But 10 years of observation by some Duke professors shows there is a bigger divide in school populations even if ethnic disparity has leveled off.

Charles Clotfelter teaches law, economics and public policy at Duke.  His team looked primarily at students getting free lunch and found that some counties handled the divide better than others:

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Health
7:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Duke Study On Marijuana And IQ Challenged

Research supported by Duke University scientists linking marijuana use to a drop in I-Q is being questioned. 

Last August researchers at Duke published a study that followed habitual users of marijuana in New Zealand before they turned 18. Subjects of that study showed an average drop of eight I-Q points when their aptitude was measured. 

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