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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Law
5:27 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Eastern District U.S. Attorney Says There's No Evidence Withheld By His Office

U.S. Attorney for North Carolina's Eastern District Thomas Walker
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The U.S. Attorney for North Carolina's Eastern District, Thomas Walker, is promising to follow disclosure policies  for defendants prosecuted by his office.  The 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued an opinion last week critical of three cases out of the Eastern district.

Circuit Judge Henry Floyd said judges found three instances of evidence being withheld from defendants.  Walker says there was no intentional shielding of the facts in the case he oversaw, but he still takes the court's concerns seriously.

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Health
4:37 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

DHHS Secretary Makes Flu Shots Mandatory For Department Workers

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Workers at state DHHS healthcare facilities are being required to get flu shots.  Secretary Aldona Vos  is implementing the policy to fall in line with what some hospitals have done to protect patients' health. 

More than 10,000 employees and volunteers will have until December first to be vaccinated.  Luckey Welsh is interim director of the DHHS division of state-operated facilities that house mentally and developmentally disabled patients.

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Education
4:24 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

UNC Governors' Board Says 'No' To Gender-Neutral Housing

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WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on the UNC Board of Governors' vote to ban gender-neutral housing on all system campuses.

UNC Board of Governors members voted unanimously to cancel a policy allowing men and women to live together on the Chapel Hill campus.  The vote nullified the UNC Chapel Hill trustee board's endorsement of gender neutral housing.

Some male and female students were going to live together in 32 living spaces set aside in two dorms starting this month.  But the board of governors said that arrangement would be inappropriate.  Chairman Peter Hans says their consideration of the policy included the unfavorable opinions of some state lawmakers.

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Health
6:55 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Statewide Study Shows Community Care Cuts Return Visits To Hospitals

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Members of a Raleigh-based community medical organization say a new study shows a transitional care program they launched has cut hospital re-admissions by 20 percent. 

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Health
7:12 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Some N.C. Hospitals Hit With Medicare Penalty

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Medicare patients who are frequently admitted to hospitals are beginning to cause extra fees for those facilities. 

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Business & Economy
9:19 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Aqua NC Files For Another Rate Increase

Aqua NC will file for its 3rd rate increase in 5 years.
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Officials with Aqua North Carolina are seeking another rate increase -- the third in five years..  The private water provider wants a 19 percent jump in the cost of their water service to customers. 

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Military
8:45 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Sequestration Cuts Cast Shadow Over Defense Trade Show

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Aspiring defense contractors are in Fayetteville for this year's annual Defense and Economic Development Trade Show.  Companies will be at Fayetteville Technical Community College to network with military and political figures and to see demonstrations of advances in combat equipment.

This year, federal sequestration cuts have brought questions from vendors about the level of military participation.  Scott Dorney is executive director of the North Carolina Military Business Center.  He says business are coming to this year's show looking to partner up.

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Law
10:01 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Friends, Colleagues Honor Julius Chambers' Legacy

Julius Chambers
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Friends and the state's legal community are honoring the life of Julius Chambers who died last week.  He was 76 years old. 

Chambers was active in the 1960s Civil Rights movement, founding the law firm that became North Carolina's first integrated practice.  A statement from the Ferguson, Chambers and Sumter firm said Chambers argued eight cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and won all of them. 

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Environment
5:47 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Researchers Unveil New Program That May Predict Storm Landfall

NOAA satellite picture of Hurricane Hugo in 1989. A new hurricane predictor model unveiled at Coastal Carolina University is named for the storm that hit South and North Carolina.
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Weather forecasters may soon have a new tool that could predict a hurricane's landfall more accurately. Researchers at Coastal Carolina University say the Hurricane Genesis and Outlook -- or HUGO -- project uses climate factors and data from previous storm seasons to predict where a storm will hit up to five days in advance. 

The new model could mean more focused information when it comes to coastal evacuations.

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Health
5:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

UNC And Duke Receive $3.6 Million For Breast Cancer Research

The pink ribbon is a symbol for breast cancer awareness.
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UNC- Chapel Hill and Duke researchers will share national grant money to further breast cancer studies. Ten programs at the schools will get $3.6 million from the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The research will investigate causes and develop vaccines.

Pam Kohl, the director of Komen's Triangle to the Coast affiliate, says this funding can be as important to scientists as it is to patients. Kohl points to Komen Scholar Kimberly Blackwell of Duke as one of those who benefited.

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