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
5:12 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Vice President Biden Brings Campaign To Durham

Vice President Joe Biden was in Durham today on the campaign trail. His visit comes just one day after Republican Mitt Romney and his vice presidential pick visited North Carolina. Biden told a cheering crowd that he and President Obama want to do everything they can to support the middle class. But he says Ryan's budget plan, adopted by the U-S House, supports wealthy people by giving them tax breaks and cuts programs for the poor.

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Health
9:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Retired NC Marine Behind Lejeune Water Bill

President Obama signs the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act in the Oval Office on Aug. 6. To his right is Jerry Ensminger, followed by Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC). Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Earlier this week, President Obama signed a law to provide health care to thousands of Marine veterans and their families who were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987. Retired Marine Jerry Ensminger was one of them. His daughter died of leukemia he believes was caused by the contamination. For fifteen years, Ensminger has led the fight to get help for sick veterans and their families. And he says it’s not over yet.

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Politics & Government
3:16 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Governor Clears Bills From Her Desk

Governor Bev Perdue has cleared her desk of the remaining bills from this summer's legislative session.

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Politics & Government
4:20 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Durham Smoking Ordinance Takes Effect Tomorrow

Beginning tomorrow, a Durham city ordinance will officially prohibit smoking on city and county grounds both inside and outside. County commissioners passed the ordinance in February. Eric Nickens is a spokesman for the Durham County Health Department.

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Politics & Government
4:16 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Fallen Soldier Will Be Remembered in Raleigh

A funeral service will be held in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium tomorrow morning for a soldier who died in Afghanistan.

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Environment
6:30 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Lee County Residents Ponder Fracking

Lee County is one of a handful of central North Carolina areas known to have natural gas reserves. Ever since state legislators passed a law to allow the horizontal drilling method of extracting natural gas known as fracking, county residents have been wondering when and if they’ll see gas wells sprouting up in their backyards. People in the community are divided over what fracking could mean for them.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

McCrory Campaign Raises $2.2 M In 2nd Quarter

Republican Pat McCrory's gubernatorial campaign reported its campaign funding for the second quarter today. His campaign committee announced it had raised over 2.2 million dollars during the second quarter of 2012. Brian Nick is a spokesman for the McCrory campaign.

Brian Nick: What some people may not know is he was vastly outspent in the 2008 election by Governor Perdue. And so to have the kind of resources on hand in this election to be able to get his message out is a very important thing so he isn't massively outspent like he was last time.

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Environment
4:50 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Heat Brings Back Drought

Drought Management
NC Drought Management Advisory Council Drought

North Carolina is officially in a drought again. The lack of rain and high temperatures have contributed to moderate drought in seventeen counties, including Mecklenburg and Wake. Thirty-five others are experiencing abnormally dry conditions because there hasn't been enough rain. Sarah Young is the public information officer for the state Division of Water Resources. She says water restrictions matter now more than ever.

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Law
6:15 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Lawmakers Override Racial Justice Veto

State lawmakers have overridden the governor's veto of a bill that waters down the Racial Justice Act. The Act, passed in 2009, allows death row prisoners to challenge their sentences based on statistical evidence of discrimination. The new bill will limit the time frame and scope of statistics that inmates can use to challenge their sentences. Republican House Majority Leader Paul Stam thinks that's reasonable.

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Law
6:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Republican Lawmakers Plan Racial Justice Veto Override

Republican legislative leaders are expected to try to override the governor's veto of a measure that would water down the Racial Justice Act. The Act, passed in 2009, allows death row prisoners to appeal their sentences using statistical evidence of discrimination.

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