Rusty Jacobs

Political Reporter

Rusty Jacobs
Credit Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

Rusty Jacobs is a politics reporter for WUNC. Rusty previously worked at WUNC as a reporter and substitute host from 2001 until 2007 and now returns after a nine-year absence during which he went to law school at Carolina and then worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Wake County.

As a reporter, he has covered a wide array of topics including military affairs, sports, government and damaging storms.

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Jim Flechtner, Executive Director of Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

New Hanover County Commission Chairman Woody White found out about GenX the same way many others in and around Wilmington did. It was June 8th, and he slept in a little since he was on vacation.

A picture of a gavel on a table.
Joe Gratz / Flickr Creative Commons

Attorneys for the two sides in the battle over North Carolina's legislative voting maps each faced withering scrutiny from a federal judicial panel in Greensboro Thursday. And the judges issued an order late in the day indicating they may end up bringing in a neutral party to redraw the district plans.

State Senate chamber
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

Republican lawmakers used their super-majorities Wednesday to override another of Governor Roy Cooper's vetoes.

This time, the General Assembly vetoed an environmental bill that provides some money – but not enough, according to Cooper – to address a little-studied chemical discharged into a river.

Cape Fear River at Raven Rock State Park NC
Keith Weston / WUNC

A special house committee met Thursday in Raleigh to discuss the discharge of unregulated chemicals into the Cape Fear River - but the committee heard more questions than answers about potential health effects.

Duke community members leave messages on a memorial wall in Duke Medicine Pavilion.
Jared Lazarus / Duke University

Mourners gathered at the chapel on Duke University's campus in Durham Wednesday to honor the four victims killed in the September 8 crash of a Duke Life Flight helicopter. Family, friends, and supporters filled the chapel's pews to capacity to hear about the lives of pilot Jeff Burke, nurses Kris Harrison and Crystal Sollinger, and the lone patient on board, Mary Bartlett, herself a retired nurse.

An image of former state senator Josh Stein
Courtesy of Josh Stein

North Carolina's Attorney General says he is expanding an investigation into the role drug manufacturers may have played in the rising opioid crisis.

ECU

East Carolina University is starting a multi-disciplinary program to address social, health and economic disparities between rural and urban parts of the state.

construction continues on three large, glass-covered domes as part of an expansion of the Amazon.com campus in downtown Seattle.
Elaine Thompson / AP

North Carolina's economic development community is mounting efforts to lure Amazon's new HQ2 facility to the state. The project could provide 50,000 jobs over 15 years.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

Updated 2:17 p.m., September 14, 2017

Registered unaffiliated voters now outnumber Republican voters in North Carolina for the first time.

A worker trims branches from trees near power lines in a downtown neighborhood in Orlando, Fla. during preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
John Raoux / AP

Updated at 11:40 a.m., Sept. 13, 2017

Power has been restored for about two-thirds of the North Carolina homes and businesses hit by outages due to Tropical Storm Irma.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

The Republican-led General Assembly has given final approval to new political boundaries in largely party-line votes.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

North Carolina’s Republican-led General Assembly has approved a set of legislative district maps to replace the 2011 plans thrown out by the courts for being illegal racial gerrymanders. The problem, many critics say, is the new maps are just as bad.

Public hearings in 7 locations statewide on new maps to replace illegal racial gerrymanders from 2011
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Scores of North Carolina residents turned out Tuesday evening to address members of the state House and Senate redistricting committees.

Courtesy of Legal Aid of North Carolina.

Jessica Guyadeen is a 39-year-old single mother of three, enrolled at Wake Technical Community College. She’s working towards an associate’s degree in social work. Guyadeen has a good home and her kids—ages 17, 11, and 9—attend decent schools but just a few years ago things did not look so bright.

A map illustrates how NC DOT's three expansion options for I-440 would affect Meredith College.
Courtesy of NC DOT

Plans to expand I-440 in Raleigh could have a major impact on Meredith College. State transportation officials held a public hearing this week on proposed plans for the expansion.

FILE - In a Tuesday June 6, 2017 file photo, hydrologist William K. Jones, walks up a mountain near the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Bolar, Va.
Steve Helber, File / AP

A controversial pipeline project is getting some support from local elected leaders in the eastern part of the state.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

It has been an intensely divisive time in the North Carolina General Assembly—with disagreements on the budget, LGBT rights, and private nuisance lawsuits against hog farms to name a few. Yet there seems to be near unanimity in the legislature on at least one issue: ballot access.

UN Women/Ryan Brown / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/SWcRTM

Women in Wake County earn a lot less than their male counterparts, and the wage gap is even worse than in other parts of the country.

researchers working with Japanese seaweed
Courtesy of Aaron Ramus / Duke University

Eradicating invasive plants and species may not always be the best policy. A new study shows a non-native species of seaweed is helping coastal habitats in North Carolina.

downtown Raleigh skyline
NCDOTcommunications / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/bbmA6K

A record-setting 15.6 million tourists visited Wake County in 2016, up 3.5 percent from the previous year. Craft breweries, live music and museums were part of the draw, according to Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Dennis Edwards.

Newspaper circulation has been shrinking
Photo Illustration by Jason deBruyn / WUNC

A provision that gives Guilford County municipalities the option of posting legal notices on government web sites was tucked into a bill dealing with worker's compensation for prison inmates.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

Updated 3:03 p.m., June 28, 2017

North Carolina Republicans completed Wednesday their override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto, enacting the spending plan over Cooper's objections that it's shortsighted, fiscally irresponsible and in some places unconstitutional.

Johnson Akinleye has been named the new chancellor of NCCU.
Courtesy of NCCU

North Carolina Central University has a new chancellor. The UNC Board of Governors today introduced Johnson Akinleye as the the school's twelfth chancellor. 

Picture of gavel
Flickr.com

A committee in the state house will consider a bill to revamp judicial districts. Critics say the plan is aimed at giving the North Carolina judiciary a Republican bent.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has officially vetoed the $23 billion state budget bill approved by legislative Republicans.

Devon Hall, Sr., is 62 and has lived in the Duplin County town of Warsaw all his life.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Hog country in eastern North Carolina can be beautiful and serene. Pastoral scenes with uncluttered horizons, neat farmhouses, corn fields swaying in the breeze, and livestock quietly grazing – the perfect place to sit on the back porch and sip some sweet tea. But if the wind shifts just right – and it often does – powerful odors from farms can force neighbors to take refuge indoors.

Cash
401(K) 2012 / Flickr Creative Commons

Legislation in the state House could give local governments a new way of raising funds.

M&P .45
Daniel Weber's photo stream / Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Daniel Weber’s photostream

The House passed a controversial gun bill this week, but it's not clear the measure has enough support to become law.

Gun Free Zone
NC-ACE

Updated 10:26 a.m., June 2, 2017

A bill that would eliminate the need for a permit to carry a concealed handgun has inched forward in the state House.

The Supreme Court has struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina because race played too large a role in their creation.
Rose Trinh / Flickr, Creative Commons

Updated 4:31 p.m., May 22, 2017

The Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina Monday because race played too large a role in their creation.

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