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
5:10 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

House Budget Writers Roll Out Draft Reports

State lawmakers have begun to roll out their preliminary recommendations for this year's budget.

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Education
5:25 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Senate Leader Explains Education Plan

Republican Senate leader Phil Berger introduced an education reform package to lawmakers today. Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones reports if passed, it would cost 440 million dollars over five years.

Jessica Jones: Berger explained the legislation earlier today in a committee meeting. It has attracted controversy because it would end teacher tenure, to the chagrin of some educators. Berger says bad teachers should be weeded out. The measure would also require evaluations of all entering kindergarten students.

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Health
5:25 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

WakeMed And UNC Hospitals Call A Truce

WakeMed Hospital has withdrawn its takeover bid of UNC-owned Rex Healthcare. The cross-town rivals are putting an end to their public battle that escalated when WakeMed issued an unsuccessful bid to buy Rex last year for 750 million dollars. The announcement comes after state lawmakers helped broker an agreement between the two institutions' officials. Bill Atkinson is the CEO of WakeMed.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Governor Creates Fracking Task Force

Governor Bev Perdue has issued an executive order creating a task force to develop regulation for the controversial natural gas drilling practice known as fracking.

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Politics & Government
4:50 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Lawmakers Advance Two Annexation Bills

State senators gave tentative approval today to two bills that would make it harder for cities to annex land outside their previous limits.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Budget To Dominate Busy Short Session

Lawmakers are moving quickly as they begin their short legislative session. Their primary task is to make adjustments to the state's two-year budget. The governor has already sent lawmakers a 20.9 billion dollar budget proposal. Republicans are expected to come out with their version soon. The first day of the session began with great fanfare.

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Lawmakers Start Short Session

Lawmakers got off to a running start today as they began this summer's short legislative session.

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Lawmakers Return To Raleigh

State lawmakers will return to Raleigh tomorrow to take up budget issues and other controversial measures.

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Politics & Government
8:30 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage Passes

North Carolina is now the thirty-first state to add an amendment banning same-sex marriage to its constitution.

Jessica Jones: Backers of North Carolina's amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions celebrated last night at the North Raleigh Hilton. Kim Creech made a seven-layer white wedding cake that she helped distribute to other supporters.

Kim Creech: was praying that it would happen. And I was glad that it wasn't any more drawn out than it was.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Dalton Stresses Bipartisanship in Gubernatorial Campaign

Walter Dalton
www.daltonfornc.com

Earlier this week we profiled two Democratic candidates for governor: former U.S. Congressman Bob Etheridge and State House Representative Bill Faison. Today, in the final installment of our series covering the main Democratic candidates, we’ll hear from Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton. He’s from the western town of Rutherfordton, where he was raised by his widowed mother.

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