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
4:58 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Bill To Finance Charlotte Stadium Passes House

Bank of America stadium
Credit Bill Dickinson, Flickr, Creative Commons

Lawmakers in the state House have passed a measure that would help finance improvements to the Carolina Panthers' stadium in Charlotte.

The bill would give the city the flexibility to spend money collected from hotel and prepared food taxes for two options the city council has asked for. Charlotte Republican Ruth Samuelson is a sponsor of the measure.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Bill Nixing Dix Park Deal Passes Senate

Dorothea Dix Hospital site in Raleigh.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Lawmakers have passed a bill that would scrap a lease deal signed by the state and the city of Raleigh to create a destination park on the old Dix hospital campus.

Senators passed the measure 29-to-21, with several Wake County Republican senators voting against it.

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The State of Things
7:08 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Wake County Residents Protest Scrapping Dix Deal

WUNC reporters Jessica Jones and Dave DeWitt join host Frank Stasio for a legislative update

Dozens of Wake County residents filled a legislative committee room yesterday to weigh in on several controversial bills affecting the county.

One of the measures would scrap the lease between the state and the city of Raleigh to create a destination park on the site of the old Dorothea Dix hospital.

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The State of Things
5:31 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

One Step Closer To Scrapping Dix Park Deal

Grounds of the Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh
Credit Dave DeWitt

Frank Stasio talks with a panel of experts about Dorothea Dix and other events in the days news

A Senate committee has passed a measure  that would void a deal signed three months ago to turn Raleigh's Dix hospital site into a destination park.

The Senate Appropriations Committee would void a 99-year lease signed amid great fanfare by the mayor of Raleigh and former Governor Bev Perdue. Under the deal, the city would pay $500,000 a year plus yearly adjustments to lease the land.

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Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Governor Releases $20.6 Billion Budget Proposal

Governor McCrory's recommended budget
Credit NC Office of State Budget and Management

Governor Pat McCrory released his budget proposal earlier today. It’s a $20.6 billion plan that emphasizes spending on education and economic development and sets aside money for emergencies. It doesn’t seek to create any new high-priced programs.

Earlier today, Governor McCrory told reporters in a news conference at the historic old State Capitol that North Carolina needs to fix its broken government.

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Politics & Government
4:59 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Cracking Down On Habitual DWI Offenders

House lawmakers have passed a bill that would change the way habitual DWI status is determined.

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Politics & Government
6:39 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

State Lawmakers File Bills To Revamp Dix Park Deal

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane (left) and former Gov. Bev Perdue (center) sign Dix lease agreement last December.
Credit City of Raleigh

State legislative leaders have filed bills that would revamp the deal that allows the city of Raleigh to create a regional park on the grounds of a closed mental hospital. The proposed legislation would nullify the lease agreement signed by Governor Beverly Perdue on her way out of office.

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Politics & Government
7:30 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Voting Experts Discuss Photo IDs

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

Elections and voting experts testified before the state House Elections Committee Wednesday, just one day after a public hearing that lasted hours. Republican leaders have said they plan to introduce a bill that would require voters to present photo IDs at the polls. They say it would help fight voter fraud. But Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina says voter fraud isn't a problem in North Carolina. He told lawmakers if it is, then they should investigate and document it.

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Residents Testify Over Voter ID Issue

Several dozen people spoke before the state House Elections Committee yesterday at the General Assembly to express their opinions about a proposed voter ID measure. Committee leaders say they plan to bring forth a measure that would require voters to bring photo IDs with them to the polls. Jo Nicholas is with the League of Women Voters.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Governor Signs Brownfields Agreement In Charlotte

Gov. Pat McCrory
Credit www.governor.state.nc.us

State officials have signed an agreement to clean up a former Superfund site near Charlotte. The deal is part of a project to create an eco-industrial park on a nearly 670-acre site. The site was once home to a former textile complex. Governor Pat McCrory says the agreement will launch the development of the region's largest eco-industrial park, called ReVenture West.

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