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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Military
5:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Ft. Bragg Paratroopers To Undergo Air Assault Training

Credit Fort Bragg

Some Fort Bragg soldiers will begin specialized air assault training classes this week.  Fort Bragg soldiers had previously gone to posts outside the state to complete the course.  Soldiers will learn the logistics of moving troops and equipment by helicopter during combat. 

Capt. Matt Smoose is the school's commander.  He says the training includes helicopter transport and what's called 'springload operations'.

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Politics & Government
4:16 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Judge OKs Bonner Bridge Replacement

Aerial view of the Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet along the Outer Banks
Credit ncdot.org

A federal judge has issued a ruling partially clearing the way for a new span to replace the Bonner Bridge along the Outer Banks

Activists represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center claim building a new bridge parallel to the existing bridge that links Hatteras Island and the mainland would harm coastal wildlife habitats. They want a longer, more costly bridge further out in Pamlico Sound.

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Business & Economy
2:12 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Triangle Residents Urged To 'Try Transit' This Week

Capital Area Transit buses in Raleigh
Credit City of Raleigh

Triangle residents are being invited this week to consider public transportation as a commuter option.  Local and regional systems are taking part in "Try Transit Week" hoping to get people out of their cars and on a bus to work or play. 

 Capital Area Transit is offering special events every day to entice new riders.  Lindsay Pennell handles marketing for the Raleigh bus service.  She says over the years they've been able change some people's transportation choice.

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Military
6:55 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Durham Army Veteran Gets Bronze Star Medal At 90

The Bronze Star Medal
Credit Army Institute of Heraldry

A 90-year-old World War II veteran will receive a high military honor in Durham. 

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Mild Hurricane Season - So Far

Satellite view of hurricane Irene in 2011.
Credit nasa.gov

The 2013 Atlantic storm season has been milder than expected so far. Only eight named storms have formed by the season's midpoint.  The latest -- Humberto -- is the first hurricane to form.

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Health
5:27 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Durham-Based Rice Diet Center Closes Its Doors

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on the once-popular Rice Diet Center closing its doors after seven decades.

A Triangle live-in diet program once endorsed by celebrities and others seeking weight-loss results appears to be permanently closed.   The Rice Diet Center was once affiliated with Duke University before striking out on its own 11 years ago. 

Hollywood stars have been among those who traveled to Durham to embrace eating meals of mainly white rice and fruit in an effort to slim down. As more diet plans gained recognition, the Rice Diet lost favor and followers.  The center's current owner, Dr. Robert Rosati, was forced to close the program after 70 years.

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Environment
5:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Wet, Mild Summer Is Affecting Seasonal Offerings in North Carolina

Credit Gregory Vineyards

North Carolinians have had to endure bouts of mild but wet weather this summer.  That combination can help in some ways but can hurt in others. 

North Carolina wine growers specializing in muscadine varieties typically prefer dry weather with lots of sun.  Lane Gregory runs Gregory Vineyards in Angier.  He says up to 40 inches of rain fell on his muscadines in June and July.  Gregory says that has altered the balance in his yield.

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Politics & Government
4:14 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Wake Commissioners Seeking Expert Opinions On Transit

The Wake County Board of Commissioners
Credit wakegov.com

Wake County commissioners are moving forward with an effort to assess the county's transit needs.  Members unanimously voted this week to bring in experts from outside the county to look at a current plan to improve transportation. 

Those ideas include expanding local and commuter bus service and building a commuter rail system from Garner to Durham.  The plan would cost Wake County more than half a billion dollars. David Cooke serves as county manager and says experts will analyze transportation needs beyond just Wake County.

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Business & Economy
4:28 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Insecticide Producer BASF Expands Research Facility In RTP

An aerial view of BASF's Crop Protection and PlantScience site in Research Triangle Park.
Credit BASF

Officials with a leading plant sciences company have expanded their presence in Research Triangle Park.  BASF cut the ribbon today on new lab, office and greenhouse space.  The expansion cost $33 million. 

The new addition includes an insect production facility, or an "insect zoo," to aid in testing bug-killing agents.  Nigel Armes is BASF's director of research and development.  He says the facility is key in establishing the company as a leader in insecticide production.

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Education
4:58 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

New Report Seeks Academic-Athletic Balance At UNC-Chapel Hill

The report lays out recommendations for striking a better balance between academics and sports at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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A panel of academic and athletic leaders have released a report aimed at re-defining the role of sports on campus at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Committee members listed 28 recommendations they hope will help bring a better balance to school and sports on campus. 

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