Jorge Valencia

Capitol Reporter

Jorge Valencia joined North Carolina Public Radio's reporting team in 2013. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Jorge studied journalism at the University of Maryland and reported for four years for the Roanoke Times in Virginia before joining the station in 2012. His reporting has also been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald, and the Baltimore Sun. On Twitter: @jorgeavalencia.

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Politics & Government
9:50 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

NC Medicaid Proposal Would Shift Care To Regional Plans

The state’s Medicaid Reform Advisory Committee (from left, Sen. Louis Pate, Dr. Richard Gilbert, Dennis Barry, Peggy Terhune, Rep. Nelson Dollar
Credit Jorge Valencia

  The North Carolina health department may create up to seven regional networks across the state to give Medicaid services, instead of allowing companies to compete to provide government insurance statewide, according to a new proposal.

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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Tue December 3, 2013

NC Budget Chief Debates With Top Critic

Rev. William Barber of the N.C. NAACP called for pickets outside Rose and Maxwell stores, which are owned by the family of state Budget Director Art Pope. Barber and Pope briefly debated outside the state Administration Building Monday.
Credit Jorge Valencia

The Rev. William Barber, who led weekly protests this year against laws passed by North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature, gathered with a few of his supporters Monday outside the state budget office to criticize a man they say supports policies that hurt poor people.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Great Harvest For NC Christmas Tree Farmers

A tree farm in Rutherwood, N.C.
Credit BlueRidgeKitties / Flickr

When Jessie Davis started tagging trees for sale in his 500-acre farm in western North Carolina this fall, he noticed his Frasier firs were taller and brighter than they were in previous years. He knew the reason was simple: this was a rainy year.

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Politics & Government
10:07 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

NC Politians Speak In Support of US Foreign Spending

Former governors Jim Hunt (left) and Jim Martin spoke in support of U.S. foreign spending.
Credit Jorge Valencia

Prominent North Carolina politicians, including Sen. Kay Hagan and former governors Jim Hunt and Jim Martin, spoke in support of U.S. foreign spending on Monday, saying investments outside of the country can benefit the state’s economy. 

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Business & Economy
6:38 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

NC’s Unemployment Rate Dips in September, October

Credit NC Commerce Department

The percentage of people that are unemployed in North Carolina continued to drop over the last two months, but that’s still more than the national average. The state’s rate was 8 percent in October, down from 8.3 percent in September and 8.7 percent in August, the state Commerce Department said today. Numbers for September were published today because some offices were closed when they were scheduled to be released during the federal government shut down.

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Law
5:54 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Durham Police Chief Speaks On Teen’s In-Custody Death

Credit City of Durham

Protesters are planning a march to the Durham Police Department tonight to ask for answers in the recent death of a 17-year-old who died while in police custody in the department’s headquarters parking lot.  Police have said Jesus Huerta was sitting in the back of a police cruiser at about 3 a.m. Tuesday before "a loud noise" was heard and he died. In a 911 recording released that day, the officer driving Huerta said the teen may have suffered a gunshot wound.

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Business & Economy
6:22 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Business Plans To Scale Back Natural Gas Research In Lee County

A farm in Lee County
Credit Donald Lee Pardue via Flickr

An energy company that’s exploring the potential for natural gas drilling in North Carolina is scaling back research efforts in Lee County. 

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Crime
4:17 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Teen Dies In Durham Police Custody

A teenager died in a Durham police car in the department’s headquarters parking lot early Tuesday after the officer driving him heard "a loud noise" in the car, authorities said. 

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Health
5:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Duke Study: Many Teens In Need Of Psychiatric Help Don't Seek It

Teens at a high school football game
Credit Brad Barlow / Flickr

More than half of teens with psychiatric disorders go untreated, and those who do get help often get it from non-mental health specialists, according to a study co-authored by Duke University researchers this month.

 About 45 percent of teens who have a psychiatric disorder received treatment in the 12 months prior to the study, and those getting help most often receive it from school counselors, pediatricians or probation officers.  

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Environment
10:16 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Buyer May Have Plans For Large Development On Hofmann Forest

J.V. Hofmann and class measuring pine in reed bed at Hofmann Forest, about 1937
Credit Historical State, NCSU Libraries

  A company that has a deal to buy a 79,000-acre forest from North Carolina State University may have wanted to turn more than half of it into suburban cul-de-sacs, office buildings and corn farm lands, according to a company document leaked this week.

The plans, outlined in an prospectus addressed to potential investors, apparently contradicts statements the buyer, Hofmann Forest LLC, and the university have made saying the timber forest near Jacksonville in Onslow County would be protected in a potential sale.

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