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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Health
5:26 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

State and National Red Cross Chapters Seeking Blood Donations

The American Red Cross says it is dealing with a chronic reserve blood shortage. The organization doesn't have the supply to keep up with the average rate of blood transfusions, which is once every three seconds. Barry Porter is executive director of the Triangle Red Cross. He says it is a daily struggle to convince those that can give to actually do so.

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Science & Technology
6:47 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

North Carolina Goes Against National Dry Weather Trend

This past July was one of the hottest on record, the third-hottest in fact since 1895. Typically, hot goes along with dry, but in contrast to the rest of the country most of North Carolina is enjoying drought-free conditions. Ryan Boyles from the State Climate Office says much of the Piedmont has benefited from frequent afternoon thundershowers.

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Health
6:30 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

State Fair To Make Changes To Prevent E.coli Infections

The state Department of Agriculture is making some changes at this year's State Fair. Twenty-five people became sick from E.coli contamination after last year's fair concluded. A task force was formed by State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler to explore ways to keep infections from happening again. Some food vendors are being moved from areas where competition animals are kept. Troxler says a better effort is being made to limit human and animal contact.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

North Carolina NAACP To Unveil Poverty Report This Weekend

Several state groups will hold a summit this weekend to report on poverty in North Carolina.

Documentary: It's very cold. You have people living who don't have food to eat, who don't have jobs to go to.

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Business & Economy
6:08 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Amtrak To Expand Service In Eastern NC

Starting this fall, Amtrak will expand its throughway motor coach service to Eastern North Carolina. Passengers will be able to connect via bus to the Amtrak Palmetto station in Wilson. One route will serve Greenville, New Bern, Havelock and Morehead City; the other will connect Goldsboro, Kinston, Jacksonville, and Wilmington. Amtrak's Christina Leeds says the Palmetto train service operates twice daily serving 20 stations between New York and Savannah, Georgia.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Program Aims To Put Defibrillators In Churches

Several state organizations are banding together give churches the tools to save lives.

Gurnal Scott: State Representative Becky Carney of Charlotte will never forget April 2nd, 2009, the day a portable defibrillator revived her after a near-fatal heart attack at the General Assembly

Rep. Becky Carney: One story can propel a great movement within a community.

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Health
4:50 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Camp Lejeune Families Act Signed Into Law

North Carolina lawmakers are hailing the signing of a bill today that will grant health care to marines and their families who drank toxic tap water at Camp Lejune from 1957 to 1987. An award-winning documentary chronicles the efforts of former U.S. Marine Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger who lost his daughter, Janey, to a rare form of childhood leukemia as a result of the exposure. Congressman Brad Miller says the chemicals found in the water are known carcinogens that cause a host of illnesses and conditions that include male breast and female infertility.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

President Obama To Sign Camp Lejeune Families Act

A bill that helps military families harmed over 30 years by water at Camp Lejeune will become law today.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Judge Blocks Chapel Hill Cell Phone Ban; Towing Ordinance

A judge has found the Town of Chapel Hill's proposed cell phone ban and towing ordinance to be unconstitutional.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

State Utilities Commission Hires Chicago Law Firm

Some new legal minds will be taking a look at the controversial Duke Energy-Progress Energy merger.

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