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
5:55 am
Wed June 20, 2012

U.S. House Lifts Beach Driving Restrictions

A bill that would re-open parts of Cape Hatteras to vehicles has passed the U.S. House.

Gurnal Scott: The legislation includes North Carolina congressman Walter Jones' bill lifting restrictions on access. The Federal Lands and Water Projects Bill overturns National Park Service rules keeping off-road vehicle traffic from a large part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Congressman Jones says this bill will have a positive effect on one of the state's top tourist areas.

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Politics & Government
2:00 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

State Senate Releases Version Of Budget

State Senate leaders have unveiled their budget proposal. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger says the $20.1 billion-dollar plan contains adjustments that allow more money to be replaced in medicaid. But the Senate version spends nearly $130 million dollars less than the House budget on education. One place the Senate budget does spend money is on the Republican's Excellence in Public Schools Act that Berger sponsored.

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Law
9:40 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Greensboro Getting Police Foundation

A new non-profit group will support Greensboro law enforcement.

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Politics & Government
1:18 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

GOP Meets In Greensboro

State Republicans have gathered in Greensboro for the weekend.

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Science & Technology
6:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Apple To Build Large Fuel Cell To Power N.C. Data Center

Apple Incorporated has the go-ahead to provide power for its new data center in western North Carolina.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Federal Agency Looking At Prepaid Cards

A federal agency is looking to better regulate prepaid cards. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau held a meeting in Durham yesterday.

Gurnal Scott: The CFSB says people who put money on prepaid cards don't know about charges to withdraw money or even get information on their accounts. The cards aren't attached to any bank. Durham resident Amy Matthews found out after trying to get to the money she put on a card.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Wed May 23, 2012

House Committee Passes Eugenics Compensation Bill

The House Judiciary Committee has passed a eugenics compensation bill that would pay money to victims and the families.

Rep. Larry Womble: I'm beginning to see some light at the end of this long journey.

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Law
4:40 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Hickory Man With Pending Innocence Review Released On Parole

A Hickory man has been released from prison as he continues seeking to prove his innocence in a 1987 rape case.

Gurnal Scott: Willie James Grimes served more then two decades in prison for rape and kidnapping. He walked out of prison this morning on parole..but his conviction still follows him. He had to register with the state as a sex offender. The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission ruled last month that a review of Grimes' case is warranted. His attorney Christine Mumma says they discovered evidence that had been overlooked.

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Business & Economy
4:20 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

NC Unemployment Rate Drops Again

North Carolina's unemployment rate is continuing to show improvement.

Gurnal Scott: The state's jobless rate in April fell to 9.4 percent down three-tenths from 9.7 percent in March. This marks four straight months that the rate has gone down. Larry Parker is spokesman for the state Commerce Department's Division of Employment Security. He says while the decrease is good news, it doesn't mean the state's economic recovery is speeding up.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Runoff Elections Set

The races are set for primary runoff elections in two months.

Gurnal Scott: Several Council of State races, congressional contests and state legislative elections will take place in this 2nd primary set for July 17. Gary Bartlett of the State Board of Elections says he hasn't seen more than an eight-percent turnout for a runoff during his tenure. Bartlett adds the low turnout saves the state some money when it re-opens the polls

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