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
8:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

State House Passes Marriage Amendment Bill

Lawmakers in the North Carolina House have passed a bill to let voters decide whether to add an amendment to the state constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. 75 legislators voted in favor of the bill, after three and a half hours of debate.

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Politics & Government
6:15 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Special Legislative Session Begins Today

State lawmakers are back in Raleigh this week for a special session to vote on potential amendments to the state constitution.

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Fri September 9, 2011

NC Zoo Lending a Hand in Tripoli

The North Carolina Zoo is leading an emergency fundraising effort for the Tripoli Zoo in war-torn Libya. Political chaos there has left zoo keepers without money to buy food for the animals, and they have only a week's supply on hand. North Carolina Zoo Director David Jones has led similar international fundraising efforts for zoos in Afghanistan and Iraq. He says he's happy to help Libya's main zoo as well.

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Politics & Government
2:10 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

DNC Kickoff Rally

The Democratic National Committee will hold a kick-off rally in Charlotte tomorrow to prepare for its national convention in 2012.

The convention is a year away, but organizers say this event will help get things started in Charlotte. Steve Kerrigan heads the group's convention committee. He says it will be great to hold the gathering in a state that helped President Obama win the White House in 2008.

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Business & Economy
5:38 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Temporary Bridge Planned for NC 12

State officials plan to install a temporary bridge on Hatteras Island's North Carolina Highway 12. Hurricane Irene caused a number of breaches along the road, and the structure will be erected across the largest such impasse. Greer Beatty is a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Greer Beatty: "We're bringing in a temporary bridge, we've already ordered it. It's being shipped right now in trucks, it'll take about 35 truckloads to get all of it here, and we'll get it assembled and put it into place."

Environment
6:19 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Offshore Energy Panel's Recommendations Near

A state panel is close to finishing a report for the governor on whether oil and natural gas drilling should be permitted off the North Carolina coast. The governor established the Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy nearly two years ago. Attorney Willis Whichard chairs the panel.

Willis Whichard: "The idea is not for us to solve the policy or political problems regarding these difficult and contentious issues, but to give her and other policymakers the information they need to process and come to decisions."

Politics & Government
5:05 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Reuben Young Heads New Department of Public Safety

Governor Perdue has appointed the head of the new, restructured Department of Public Safety.

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Health
2:50 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

New Hotline Aims to Help Consumers With Health Insurance Questions

A new state hotline aims to help consumers who have questions about their health insurance.

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Health
6:27 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Medicaid Forum Seeks Public Input

State officials, physicians, patient advocates and Medicaid recipients attended a public forum earlier today about big changes to one of the state's largest entitlement programs. In June, lawmakers at the General Assembly directed state health officials to cut more than 350 million dollars from Medicaid spending. Jessica Jones reports officials hope forums like this will help them decide where to cut costs.

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Health
6:00 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Forum Planned On Medicaid Cuts

State officials, healthcare providers, and patient advocates will gather at N-C State today for a public forum on cuts to the state's Medicaid program.

The state budget passed in June requires the Department of Health and Human Services to cut 354 million dollars from its Medicaid budget. It's one of the largest reductions to health programs in state history, according to the head of the department, Secretary Lanier Cansler. He says it's going to require a group effort to decide exactly what to cut.

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