Jessica Jones


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.


6:00 am
Tue November 1, 2011

State Officials Report Nine E. Coli Cases

State officials investigating an outbreak of E-Coli say there are now nine confirmed cases of the bacterial infection. Fifteen more possible cases are being investigated. All 24 of those people attended the state fair. The venue is believed to be the source of the outbreak, but a direct cause has not been confirmed yet. Dr. Megan Davies is North Carolina's state epidemiologist.

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Politics & Government
6:25 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

State Senator Jim Forrester Dies

Jim Forrester
Credit NC General Assembly

A state senator who led the fight against gay marriage has died. Republican Jim Forrester of Gaston County suffered health problems before checking in to a hospital this weekend.

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Politics & Government
7:00 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

NAACP Asks Justice Department to Block Redistricting Maps

The North Carolina N-double-A-C-P has submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, asking it not to pre-clear the proposed redistricting maps drawn earlier this year in the General Assembly. Reverend William Barber heads the state's N-double-A-C-P. He says the maps pack black voters into a small number of districts to dilute their statewide influence.

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6:42 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Durham City Fire Department Receives Pet Oxygen Masks

Firefighters in Durham will now be equipped to save more lives when they're called to rescue families from burning homes and apartments. Many survivors emerge distraught to find little can be done for their pets because of severe smoke inhalation. But now, every one of Durham's 16 fire stations will have kits containing oxygen masks to help resuscitate man's best friends.

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4:09 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Report Claims Crisis Pregnancy Centers Give False Information

A new report released by a reproductive rights organization says crisis pregnancy centers often provide pregnant women with inaccurate information. NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina investigated 66 centers over the course of a year. The centers seek to discourage women from abortions by offering free ultrasounds. Carey Pope is NARAL North Carolina's executive director. She says 92 percent of clinics- called CPCs- investigated do not employ medical staff.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu October 20, 2011

State Fair Well Attended So Far

State fair officials say attendance has been strong at the annual event this year.

Last year the state fair set a record attendance level of more than a million people. But spokesman Brian Long says he and other officials aren't really interested in breaking that record.

Brian Long: "We're very pleased with where we are right now numbers-wise, but we just want people to take advantage of the good weather that's coming up and come on out. "

Business & Economy
5:30 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Occupy Raleigh Protest on Saturday

Protesters who say they're concerned about corporate greed and social inequality plan to gather at Raleigh's old state capitol grounds tomorrow.

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Wed October 12, 2011

McFarlane Wins Raleigh Mayoral Race

Raleigh voters have elected the city's first new mayor in a decade-- City Council member Nancy McFarlane.

McFarlane beat Billie Redmond and Randall Williams with 61 percent of the vote. She says she's thrilled to be the city's next leader.

Nancy McFarlane:" It's a huge honor and it's very humbling to know that that many people have faith in you. It's also very exciting to know that that many people share a vision of Raleigh and where we're going to go. "

Politics & Government
8:20 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Raleigh Voters Pass Bonds

Voters in Raleigh approved transportation and affordable housing bonds by about two-thirds of the vote.

Politics & Government
5:37 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Raleigh Voters Will Choose New Mayor

Voters in Raleigh will help choose a new mayor at the polls tomorrow.

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