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
6:40 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Big Spending In Supreme Court Race

Less than a decade ago, North Carolina instituted a public financing program for appellate judicial elections that was hailed as a nationwide model. But it’s being tested this year by the state Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice Paul Newby, and his challenger, Court of Appeals Judge Sam Ervin.

Supporters of incumbent Justice Paul Newby hope this 30-second television ad will help people remember Newby’s name when they vote.

Ad:" Paul Newby, he’s a tough old judge respected everywhere. Paul Newby- justice tough but fair."

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Young Republican Challenges Democratic State Senator

 Since 2010, Republicans have had a majority in both the state House and the state Senate. Many observers believe the House will stay in Republican hands, but the race for control of the Senate will be decided in a handful of districts. District 18- which includes Franklin County and portions of Wake County- is one of them. It pits Democratic incumbent Senator Doug Berger against a former Republican legislative staffer, Chad Barefoot.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Orange County Voters Consider Sales Tax Increase For Transportation

Orange County voters will decide whether to support a tax increase for public transportation on Election Day. The measure is part of a regional plan to improve transit across the Triangle.

Voters in Orange County will choose whether to vote for a half-cent sales tax increase on November sixth. If they approve the measure, the tax would generate about five million dollars a year for new buses and improved service, an Amtrak station in Hillsborough and a proposed light rail connection from UNC to downtown Durham.

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Education
9:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Governor Perdue Increases Funding for Pre-K

Governor Bev Perdue plans to shift 20 million dollars into funding for the state's pre-kindergarten academic enrichment program.

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Politics & Government
6:35 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

State Supreme Court Candidate Releases New TV Ad

Justice Paul Newby, the Republican incumbent running for the state Supreme Court, has released a new TV ad. He's running against Democratic Judge Sam Ervin.

North Carolinians should hear more ads from Newby and Ervin as election day nears. Newby's campaign has released a new one this week.

Campaign ad: "Meet Paul Newby, our Supreme Court Justice, Citizen Lawyer..."

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Politics & Government
9:30 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Money Floods Local And State Races

Election day is just a few weeks away, and candidates running for office are in the final stretch to get their supporters to the polls. Presidential and congressional candidates are spending a lot of money in these final weeks, much of it from outside interest groups seeking to get their favorites elected. And that’s happening at the state and local levels too.

Jessica Jones: With campaign season in full swing, it’s almost impossible to miss the political ads that are flooding the airwaves.

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Business & Economy
5:10 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

State Officials Question Alabama Bank's Loans

North Carolina officials are seeking answers from an Alabama-based bank that is offering payday loans in the state. Such short-term, high-interest loans are illegal in North Carolina. But Regions Bank, which has several branches here, is offering the loans online. Attorney General Roy Cooper says his office has written Regions Bank to see if any North Carolina customers have taken out the loans.

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Environment
5:30 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Conference To Discuss Fracking And Health

Leaders from across the country will speak tomorrow at a conference on the health effects of natural gas fracking. The Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative is a non-profit group that holds an annual conference every year on health issues. Martin Armes is the executive director of the collaborative. He said,  "We certainly recognize that we identify some hot button issues but we're going to try to conduct these meetings in a manner to be as productive as we can to make some recommendations. And we try to depoliticize the process as much as we can."

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Politics & Government
1:05 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Legislative Ethics Committee Releases New Guidelines

The General Assembly's legislative ethics committee is distributing new rules to lawmakers regarding staffers who date lobbyists. The committee says a legislative employee should not have a dating or sexual relationship with a registered lobbyist unless it's disclosed to the legislator he or she serves. Republican Paul Stam is the House Majority Leader and the co-chair of the ethics committee. He says the guidelines should be helpful for lawmakers.

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Education
5:12 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Students and Faculty Rally In Support of Chancellor

Several hundred students, faculty members and alums held a rally today at UNC-Chapel Hill in an effort to get the university's chancellor, Holden Thorp, to reconsider his decision to step down. Thorp has offered to resign in the wake of a series of athletic-related scandals at the university. Seniors Maggie Sommers and Lauren Delaunay say they attended the rally to show their respect for Thorp.

Maggie Sommers and Lauren Delaunay:

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