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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Business & Economy
12:02 pm
Sat November 24, 2012

Undercover Investigation Reveals More Abuse at Butterball Turkey Plants

Another undercover investigation by an animal rights group has revealed patterns of abuse directed toward turkeys at Butterball poultry plants in four counties. This comes less than a year after the group Mercy for Animals documented abuse at a Hoke County Butterball facility. Vandhana Bhalla with Mercy for Animals says an undercover investigator was wired with a camera, which captured the abuse.

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Politics & Government
5:30 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Rouzer Asks For Recount in 7th District

The Republican challenger to 7th District Democratic congressman Mike McIntyre has requested a recount. David Rouzer trails McIntyre by 655 votes, a number that's small enough for him to ask to have the ballots counted again. Now, all nine counties in the southwestern congressional district will start the process early next week. Gary Bartlett heads the State Board of Elections.

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Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Dan Forest To Be Lieutenant Governor

One of the most heavily contested political races in the state has come to a close. Republican Dan Forest will become North Carolina’s next lieutenant governor. This comes after a count of provisional and mail-in absentee ballots that showed he outpaced his opponent, Democrat Linda Coleman, by roughly seven thousand votes out of 4-point-2 million cast. Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones reports. 

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Politics & Government
4:35 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Coleman Concedes Lt Gov Race To Forest

Republican Dan Forest will be North Carolina's next lieutenant governor. His opponent, Democrat Linda Coleman, conceded the race to him earlier today. After a count of provisional and mail-in absentee ballots, she trailed him by just under 7 thousand votes. That slim margin allowed her to ask for an official recount. But she decided not to. Lieutenant Governor-elect Forest says he's grateful for the victory.

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Politics & Government
4:28 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

County Election Officials Counting Ballots

County election officials have been counting provisional and mail-in absentee ballots today in an effort to finalize some close races.  

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Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Governor Chooses Hybrid Health Exchange Option

State officials have decided to choose a health exchange option that is a state-federal partnership. The Affordable Care Act requires states to declare by tomorrow whether they want a federal or hybrid exchange. Governor Bev Perdue announced the choice today in a news conference broadcast by News 14 Carolina, saying it's the best arrangement for the state to pursue right now.

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Business & Economy
4:40 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Attorney General's Office Challenges Duke Rate Hike

The state attorney general's office is going before the state Supreme Court to challenge a rate increase for Duke Energy.

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Health
5:10 am
Mon November 12, 2012

NC Has To Decide About Health Exchanges

North Carolina has until Friday to decide whether to build its own health exchange or let the federal government run one for the state. It's a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, which seeks to provide health care insurance to everyone. Al Delia is the Acting Secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services. He says whatever path the state chooses, there's a whole series of decisions about infrastructure that need to be made.

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Politics & Government
3:13 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

McCrory Sets Up Transition Team

North Carolina's next governor, Pat McCrory, has set up a team of advisors to help him make the transition to his administration in January. Former Charlotte City Council member John Lassiter is the senior chairman of transition operations, and former Durham city councilman Thomas Stith has been named transition director. McCrory says he's already spoken with Republican legislative leaders who control both the House and the Senate. But he says he will take a bipartisan approach to governing the state.

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Politics & Government
3:45 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Michelle Obama Rallies Voters In Charlotte

First lady Michelle Obama was in Charlotte this afternoon to help get out the vote for her husband. She reminded supporters waiting in a hangar at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport that President Obama won North Carolina in 2008 by only 14 thousand votes. Mrs. Obama said that's why every vote matters.

Michelle Obama: And it is all going to come down to what happens in just a few key battleground states like right here in North Carolina. Right here. When we win this state with your help and we'll be on our way.

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