Jessica Jones

Reporter

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.

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Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Governor Perdue Leaves Mixed Legacy

Today was the last full day of Democratic Governor Bev Perdue’s four-year term as the highest office holder in North Carolina. As the state’s 73rd governor, Perdue came into office fighting an uphill battle against a bad economy. She became a lightning rod for criticism from Republican state legislators. But she also served as an inspiration for women as North Carolina’s first female governor.

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Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

McCrory Announces First Appointments

Governor-elect Pat McCrory announced three appointments earlier today. He has chosen two prominent North Carolinians to serve on his Cabinet. Dr. Aldona Wos will serve as the Secretary of Health and Human services. She is a physician and former ambassador to Estonia who worked on McCrory's gubernatorial campaign. John Skvarla will serve as the Secretary of Environmental and Natural Resources. He is the C-E-O of an environmental restoration company based in Raleigh. And McCrory has chosen a former Durham City Council member, Thomas Stith, as his Chief of Staff.

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Politics & Government
6:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Advocates For "Wilmington Ten" Seek Pardons

A group of people who say they were wrongfully convicted of arson more than forty years ago in Wilmington are asking Governor Bev Perdue for an official pardon before she leaves office. The “Wilmington Ten,” as they are known, served prison time for an arson that took place as race riots inflamed the city. The convictions were later overturned by the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. But the state of North Carolina has not pardoned the group.

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Politics & Government
6:00 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

City of Raleigh to Lease Dix Property

Raleigh is on its way to having a destination park like New York's Central Park and Chicago's Millenium Park. The Council of State voted earlier today six-to-2 to approve leasing the state-owned Dorothea Dix property to the City of Raleigh for 75 years. The City will pay 5 hundred thousand dollars a year, with a 1-point-5 percent annual increase.

Some Republican legislative leaders have criticized the deal, most notably Senate President Phil Berger. He says he's considering legal action to terminate the lease. But Governor Bev Perdue says Berger and other opponents are misguided.

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Politics & Government
6:20 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Dix Park Boosters Pledge Three Million Dollars

Park Boosters On Dix Campus
Credit Jessica Jones

Civic groups in Raleigh advocating the creation of a public park on what is now the Dorothea Dix hospital campus have pledged three million dollars toward the effort. The Council of State is scheduled to vote today whether to allow the City of Raleigh to lease the land from the state.

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Politics & Government
5:49 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Council Of State To Decide Dix Property's Fate

On Tuesday, North Carolina’s Council of State is expected to decide whether to lease a huge tract of land to the City of Raleigh to create a park. The more than 300 acre site is home to what used to be the state’s Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital, which is now closed. Many civic and business leaders support the idea of creating a downtown park in Raleigh. But lawmakers have spoken out against it, saying Governor Perdue is moving too quickly with the project.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

NAACP Leader Calls On Governor To Pardon "Wilmington 10"

The head of the state's NAACP is asking Governor Perdue to pardon ten activists who were convicted of arson in the midst of racial tensions in Wilmington in 1972. The "Wilmington Ten," as they're known, were set free in 1980. That was after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the convictions, saying the prosecutor and the trial judge had violated the defendants' constitutional rights. But the group has never received an official pardon from the state.

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Business & Economy
12:02 pm
Sat November 24, 2012

Undercover Investigation Reveals More Abuse at Butterball Turkey Plants

Another undercover investigation by an animal rights group has revealed patterns of abuse directed toward turkeys at Butterball poultry plants in four counties. This comes less than a year after the group Mercy for Animals documented abuse at a Hoke County Butterball facility. Vandhana Bhalla with Mercy for Animals says an undercover investigator was wired with a camera, which captured the abuse.

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Politics & Government
5:30 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Rouzer Asks For Recount in 7th District

The Republican challenger to 7th District Democratic congressman Mike McIntyre has requested a recount. David Rouzer trails McIntyre by 655 votes, a number that's small enough for him to ask to have the ballots counted again. Now, all nine counties in the southwestern congressional district will start the process early next week. Gary Bartlett heads the State Board of Elections.

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Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Dan Forest To Be Lieutenant Governor

One of the most heavily contested political races in the state has come to a close. Republican Dan Forest will become North Carolina’s next lieutenant governor. This comes after a count of provisional and mail-in absentee ballots that showed he outpaced his opponent, Democrat Linda Coleman, by roughly seven thousand votes out of 4-point-2 million cast. Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones reports. 

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