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
5:08 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Teacher Tenure Bill

NC Legislative building
Credit NC General Assembly

House lawmakers have passed a bill that would revamp teacher tenure in North Carolina. The measure has bipartisan support and passed 113 to 1.

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Politics & Government
7:46 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Photo ID Bill Passes House Elections Committee

Credit www.ncleg.net

A bill that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls is one step closer to a chamber-wide vote.

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Politics & Government
8:18 am
Wed April 17, 2013

House Committee Passes Teacher Tenure Bill

Credit www.ncleg.net

A state House committee has approved a measure in committee that would revamp teacher tenure in the state.

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Politics & Government
9:28 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

House Passes Bill Restricting Lottery Advertising

Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would place advertising restrictions on North Carolina's state-run lottery.

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Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

House Lawmakers Unveil Voter ID Bill

ID card
Credit edmv-ddl.dot.state.nc.us

Republican House Explains Voter ID Bill

Republican leaders in the state House have unveiled details of their long-awaited Voter ID bill.

The measure would require most North Carolinians to bring photo identification with them to the polls, beginning in 2016. It would allow residents to use a number of different kinds of IDs in order to vote.
Republican Speaker of the House Thom Tillis told a news conference earlier today that weeks of discussions have gone into creating this bill.

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Politics & Government
5:03 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

State Senate Votes To Repeal Racial Justice Act

The State Senate chamber
Credit Dave DeWitt

State senators have voted to repeal a historic law passed in 2009 that allows death row inmates to use statistical evidence of racial bias to challenge their sentences.

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Health
4:35 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Governor Wants Managed Care For Medicaid

Pat McCrory
Credit Gurnal Scott

Governor Pat McCrory has announced a plan that could privatize the state's Medicaid program that serves low-income people.

The state will hold a competitive bidding process for three big managed-care providers to deliver medical, mental and dental services to patients. Governor McCrory says the plan will help streamline the delivery of Medicaid services.

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Politics & Government
5:01 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Bill Would Require Background Checks For Benefits

N.C. Legislative Building
Credit Dave DeWitt

A bill in the legislature would require county social services offices to conduct criminal background checks on people seeking and receiving federal benefits.

Right now, social services workers may ask applicants for food stamps or cash payments if they have any outstanding warrants. But they're not allowed to disclose that information to local law enforcement officials.

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Around the Nation
4:58 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

For One Military Family, DOMA Decision Will Hit Close To Home

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:25 pm

Same-sex couples in the military will be watching closely now that the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Anxiously awaiting a decision are Army lieutenant colonel Heather Mack and her wife, Ashley Broadway, who've been together for 15 years and have two children. They say repealing DOMA would help many enlisted same-sex military couples, who don't receive funds to move non-military spouses from one base to the next.

Education
5:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

House Lawmakers Sponsor School Safety Bill

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the state House is behind a school safety bill that would add more law enforcement officers and social workers to schools.

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