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
7:30 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Voting Experts Discuss Photo IDs

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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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Politics & Government
5:16 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

MetLife Will Move 2,600 Jobs To North Carolina

MetLife says it will move 2,600 jobs from six other states to North Carolina by 2015.
Credit Daniel Smith / Wikimedia Commons

The insurance giant MetLife will move 2600 jobs from six states to North Carolina as it seeks to consolidate its operations.

The company plans to make Charlotte its national headquarters for its retail business. Cary will become the company's global technology and operations hub.

"The campuses in Mecklenburg and Wake Counties will be multifaceted, bringing functions together to provide a rich work environment, as well as increased career opportunities for our associates from both wide and far," says executive vice president Marty Lippert.

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Transportation
4:41 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Lawmakers Moving To Revive Study Of Red Route For 540 Loop

State lawmakers in the Senate have tentatively passed a bill that would revive a federal study of a proposed section of the 540 Outer Loop highway across Wake County. Back in 2011, Garner residents convinced lawmakers to pass a bill that banned studying what's called the Red Route. It's a proposed part of the Outer Loop that would have required bulldozing parks and neighborhoods in Garner. Local leaders favor what's known as the Orange Route, but that would extend through wetlands that are home to an endangered mollusk.

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Politics & Government
11:35 am
Wed March 6, 2013

House Republican Leaders Plan Photo ID Bill

  • A story about efforts to produce a photo ID bill in the legislature.

Republican leaders in the state House say they’re committed to bringing forth a bill that would require all state residents to present photo identification in order to vote. They say they know some voting rights advocates are opposed to any kind of photo ID bill. That’s why they’re rolling out a schedule of public hearings and meetings before introducing a specific measure. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis told a news conference that he and other House members are committed to going through a careful and deliberative process as they put together a Voter ID bill:

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Politics & Government
6:26 am
Fri March 1, 2013

House Tentatively Passes Commissions Bill, But With Doubts

N.C. Legislature Building
Credit Dave DeWitt

House lawmakers have tentatively passed a bill that would overhaul state boards and commissions, but with some disagreement. Senate Bill 10 would clear out the membership of many important commissions, but House lawmakers have changed the bill to restore some scientific expertise to the Coastal Resources Commission. The House version also does not eliminate 12 special Superior Court judge positions.

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Politics & Government
10:30 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

House Committee Changes Commissions Bill

House lawmakers have substantially rewritten a controversial bill that would revamp and eliminate many state commissions. The Senate's version of S-B 10 would have cleared out the membership of the Utilities, Industrial, Coastal Resources and Wildlife Resources Commissions, among others. And it would have eliminated 12 special Superior Court judge positions. But on Wednesday, a House Committee made some big changes to its version of the bill.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Fracking Bill Gains Tentative Approval In Senate

State lawmakers have tentatively approved a measure that would launch the permitting process for natural gas fracking in North Carolina. House legislators passed the bill this afternoon. It would remove a previous requirement that state lawmakers give final approval before the permitting process could begin. Republican Senator Buck Newton is one of the bill's sponsors.

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Politics & Government
7:07 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Educators Scheduled To Visit General Assembly

House Speaker Thom Tillis
Credit N.C. General Assembly

State legislators have invited groups of educators to visit Raleigh this week in order to get more input on measures that would affect the state's schools. House Speaker Thom Tillis says he and other leaders want to know what educators consider their most pressing issues.

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