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
5:00 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Governor Vetoes Budget Bill

Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed the first bill approved by the new Republican majority at the legislature.

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Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Governor Proposes $19.9 Billion Budget

Governor Bev Perdue released her proposed budget in Raleigh earlier today. The $19.9 billion plan would protect existing teacher and teacher assistant jobs, but it would eliminate about ten thousand other state jobs through cuts and through the reorganization of state agencies. Jessica Jones reports.

Governor Bev Perdue released her proposed budget in Raleigh earlier today. The $19.9 billion dollar plan would protect existing teacher and teacher assistant jobs, but it would eliminate about ten thousand other state jobs through cuts and through the reorganization of state agencies.

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Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

State Senate Approves Block to Federal Health Care Law

The state Senate has passed a bill that would block the federal requirement that everyone have health insurance or face a penalty. The measure passed easily by 30 to 18 today. Republican Senator Austin Allran of Hickory says the measure accomplishes three things-first, it says people in North Carolina should not be required to have a health insurance policy or be a member of a health care plan.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Governor Delivers State of the State Address

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North Carolina's Governor, Bev Perdue, gave her second State of the State address to legislators last night. The Governor did her best to be optimistic, despite the specter of an enormous projected billion-dollar budget shortfall looming in the background.

North Carolina's Governor, Bev Perdue, gave her second State of the State address to legislators last night.

The Governor did her best to be optimistic, despite the specter of an enormous projected billion-dollar budget shortfall looming in the background. While she praised tough decisions that have already been made to cut costs, Governor Perdue said difficult choices will be required to keep the state in the black. Jessica Jones reports from the state capitol.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Charter School Bill Would Lift Cap

A bill in the state Senate would abolish the current limit of one hundred on charter schools in North Carolina.

For years, advocates of charter schools have pressed legislators to pass a law that would allow more charters to operate in North Carolina. The schools receive public money, but they function independently of local districts. Right now only one hundred of them are allowed to operate at any given time in the state. But the new Republican-controlled legislature is likely to eliminate that limit completely. And that would make some charter school advocates very happy.

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Politics & Government
4:55 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Governor To Deliver State of the State

The Governor plans to address state legislators tonight in her annual State of the State Address.

Politics & Government
6:30 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Legislature Begins 2011-2012 Session

It's going to be a difficult year. Lawmakers face a potential 3-point-7 billion dollar budget deficit. Jessica Jones reports they say they're ready to meet that challenge.

The North Carolina legislature has begun a new session at a historic time in its history. Republicans now hold a majority in both chambers of the General Assembly for the first time in more than a century. But it's going to be a difficult year. Lawmakers face a potential 3-point-7 billion dollar budget deficit. Jessica Jones reports they say they're ready to meet that challenge.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed January 26, 2011

New Legislative Session Begins Today

The 2011-2012 legislative session begins today.

Sports
5:45 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Figure Skating Championships Glide into Greensboro

Thousands of visitors are pouring into Greensboro for one of this country's most prestigious sporting events- the annual U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Jessica Jones reports.

Thousands of visitors are pouring into Greensboro for one of this country's most prestigious sporting events- the annual U-S Figure Skating Championships. It begins tomorrow and runs through January 30th at the Greensboro Coliseum. This is the first time North Carolina has ever hosted the competition.

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Sports
4:00 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

U.S. Figure Skating Comes to Greensboro

The nation's most prestigious figure skating event will begin tomorrow in Greensboro. The 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships features the best figure skaters in the country. They're competing for a variety of prizes in different categories. It's the first time North Carolina has hosted the competition. Kim Strable heads the Greensboro Sports Commission, which helps bring big events like this to the city. He says if everything goes smoothly next week, it will open the doors for Greensboro to host more skating competitions.

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