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
5:51 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Congressional Candidate, Former State Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco Dies

Former state Commerce secretary Keith Crisco
Credit criscoforcongress.com

Democratic congressional hopeful Keith Crisco has died.  He was 71 years old.

Crisco was set to be involved in a possible runoff with Clay Aiken in the 2nd congressional district.  He died reportedly after a fall at his home in Asheboro Monday afternoon.  The death was confirmed by an employee at Asheboro Elastics, the company Crisco co-founded. 

The state Board of Elections released a statement on Crisco's passing.

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Politics & Government
8:48 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Early Voting Numbers Measuring Up Despite Law Changes

Ealy voting for the 2014 Primary is winding down in North Carolina.
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Early voters in North Carolina have just one more day to cast ballots ahead of Primary Day on May 6th.  The one-stop voting period ends around noon on Saturday.    

Board spokesman Josh Lawson says Thursday's voter totals have not yet been counted, but numbers through Wednesday have been encouraging. 

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Business & Economy
8:04 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Red Hat Buys California Cloud Storage Company For $175M

Red Hat bought the California-based Inktank for $175M.
Credit Red Hat

Leaders at Raleigh-based company developer Red Hat say the purchase of a California-based business will greatly boost its software storage capacity.  

Red Hat spent $175 million  to buy Inktank -- a open-source software storage provider.  The transaction is expected to be finalized later this month.  

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Environment
8:02 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Turtle Crossing: Off-Road Vehicle Restrictions Begin Today

loggerhead sea turtle hatchling
Credit US Fish and Wildlife Service

Beach-goers on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore will have to settle for an evening stroll near the waves instead of a drive for the next five months.  Today begins nighttime restrictions on off-road vehicle access to those beaches.   May through September is the prime nesting time for sea turtles. 

Park Service spokeswoman Cyndi Holda said one reason for the temporary ban is that lights from the vehicles can distract the hatchlings on their journey out to sea.

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Politics & Government
8:44 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Remembering The Fallen: Raleigh Dedicates New Officers' Memorial

Charles R. Paul
Credit Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation

Raleigh police officer Charles R. Paul died in the line of duty in 2002. He was on I-440, on a motorcycle, and he was chasing a speeding vehicle. He between Rock Quarry and Hammond Roads, when the accident occurred. His motorcycle struck the center median guard rail.

At the time, Officer Paul had served for seven years. He was married and had a one-year-old daughter.

Officer Denise Holden was a rookie on the Raleigh police force in 1995 when she sped off in the early morning hours to respond to an 'officer needs assistance' call.

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Sports
4:36 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

One And Done: Duke's Jabari Parker Heads To The NBA

Duke freshman Jabari Parker says he'll take his talents to the NBA.
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Duke freshman basketball star Jabari Parker has decided to enter this year's NBA Draft.   A video on The Blue Devils' athletic website confirmed speculation that Parker would give up his final three years of eligibility. 

He led the team in scoring and rebounding this season.  Parker was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and to several national All-America teams.  Parker says making his decision took time because there were a lot of people offering him advice.
 

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Politics & Government
7:07 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Charlotte Moves Forward With Clodfelter At The Helm

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter
Credit City of Charlotte

Former North Carolina Senator Dan Clodfelter officially became the new mayor of Charlotte Wednesday.  His wife and one daughter stood with him in the city council chamber as he took the oath of office.  Council members selected Clodfelter Monday to fill the vacated term of Patrick Cannon who resigned last month in the wake of federal corruption charges. 

Clodfelter never mentioned his predecessor by name.  He did refer to the day of Cannon's resignation saying that it will not cast a shadow on city leaders who have governed honestly in the past.

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Education
7:37 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Chuck Stone, UNC Professor And Pioneering Journalist, Dies

Former UNC Journalism Professor Chuck Stone died Sunday. He was 89.
Credit University of North Carolina

A much-admired former journalism professor at UNC-Chapel Hill died Sunday. 

Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone, Jr. taught at the university from 1991 until he retired in 2005.

Stone was one of the founding members of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and he was the first African American columnist at the Philadelphia Daily News.

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Education
6:21 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Debra Saunders-White Officially Installed As NCCU Chancellor

Debra Saunders-White is the 11th Chancellor at North Carolina Central University.
Credit NCCU

Debra Saunders-White was officially installed Friday as the 11th chancellor at North Carolina Central University.  She has been serving as the school's leader since last June.  She is the university's first female chancellor and only the second woman to lead one of the five historically black colleges in the UNC System.

Saunders-White encouraged NCCU students to be fearless in choosing their career paths..and promised the school's best efforts to help them reach their goals.

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Sports
11:47 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Lady Heels Fight Hard But Fall Short In NCAA Women's Tournament

UNC freshman Allisha Gray (center) led the Lady Tar Heels in scoring in North Carolina's loss to Stanford Tuesday night
Credit UNC Athletic Communications

North Carolina's run in the NCAA Women's Tournament is over.   The fourth-seeded Lady Tar Heels fell to second-seed Stanford 74-65 in the West Regional final.  UNC wound up just one game short of reaching the Women's Final Four for the fourth time.

UNC was led by freshman guard Allisha Gray with 19 points and nine rebounds.   ACC Rookie of the Year Diamond DeShields added 13 points for North Carolina which finished its season 27-10

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