Michael Tomsic http://wfae.org en NC Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul http://wfae.org/post/nc-senate-tentatively-passes-medicaid-overhaul <p>The North Carolina Senate tentatively passed an overhaul of the state's Medicaid program Thursday afternoon. It includes major differences from what Governor Pat McCrory and the House are pushing for. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:44:31 +0000 Michael Tomsic 55577 at http://wfae.org NC Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul Sealed Air Corporation Bringing 1,262 Jobs (And Bubble Wrap) To Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/sealed-air-corporation-bringing-1262-jobs-and-bubble-wrap-charlotte <p>The company behind Bubble Wrap is popping in nearly 1,300 jobs in Charlotte. Sealed Air Corporation announced Wednesday it's moving its headquarters here from New Jersey. The Fortune 500 company could eventually get more than $41 million in state and local incentives.</p><p></p><p>Before the announcement, Charlotte Chamber employees put strips of Bubble Wrap under everyone's seats.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:35:14 +0000 Michael Tomsic 55512 at http://wfae.org Sealed Air Corporation Bringing 1,262 Jobs (And Bubble Wrap) To Charlotte Asbestos Claimants Fire Back As Charlotte Bankruptcy Case Draws National Attention http://wfae.org/post/asbestos-claimants-fire-back-charlotte-bankruptcy-case-draws-national-attention <p>Back in January, a federal judge in Charlotte issued what some have called a watershed decision in the murky world of asbestos litigation. The judge laid out how lawyers for asbestos plaintiffs withheld evidence and misled courts in old cases against a gasket manufacturer called Garlock. Since that decision, Garlock's bankruptcy case has drawn the attention of federal lawmakers, large auto companies, and health insurers.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:13:42 +0000 Michael Tomsic 55469 at http://wfae.org Asbestos Claimants Fire Back As Charlotte Bankruptcy Case Draws National Attention NC Senate Moves Closer To House, Governor On Medicaid Overhaul http://wfae.org/post/nc-senate-moves-closer-house-governor-medicaid-overhaul <p>North Carolina's Senate, House and governor are getting closer to an agreement on overhauling the state's Medicaid program. Senate leaders announced a new plan Wednesday that's similar to what House leaders and Governor McCrory want. But there are still two key differences to work out.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:42:43 +0000 Michael Tomsic 55051 at http://wfae.org NC Senate Moves Closer To House, Governor On Medicaid Overhaul Governor McCrory Says Politicians Should Leave Charlotte Airport Alone http://wfae.org/post/governor-mccrory-says-politicians-should-leave-charlotte-airport-alone <p>Earlier this year the state legislature passed a law to force Charlotte to transfer control of the airport to an independent authority. On Monday, Governor Pat McCrory waded into the issue. In an interview with <a href="http://wfae.org/programs/charlotte-talks-wfae" target="_blank">Charlotte Talks</a> host Mike Collins, McCrory said the airport should be run like a business – by the private sector.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:20:11 +0000 Tom Bullock & Michael Tomsic 54894 at http://wfae.org Governor McCrory Says Politicians Should Leave Charlotte Airport Alone WFAE Talks: Voting Law Lawsuit, Republican Infighting At Statehouse, Heritage USA http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-voting-law-lawsuit-republican-infighting-statehouse-heritage-usa <p></p><p></p><p>WFAE Talks is back after a brief mid-summer hiatus. This week, reporter Michael Tomsic joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford. Michael spent the week in Winston-Salem covering hearings in federal court over the Justice Department's challenge to North Carolina's voting law. The Justice Department and other groups want a federal judge to block parts of the law from taking effect in the upcoming general election.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:47:03 +0000 Greg Collard, Ben Bradford & Michael Tomsic 54735 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: Voting Law Lawsuit, Republican Infighting At Statehouse, Heritage USA Federal Judge Set To Decide If NC Voting Changes Will Cause 'Irreparable Harm' In November http://wfae.org/post/federal-judge-set-decide-if-nc-voting-changes-will-cause-irreparable-harm-november <p>A federal judge will decide within the next month or two whether to put some parts of North Carolina's sweeping election law on hold. All week in Winston-Salem, the U.S. Justice Department, the NAACP, and other groups tried to convince Judge Thom Schroeder that the changes would deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. WFAE's Michael Tomsic covered the hearings in Winston-Salem, which wrapped up Thursday.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:54:47 +0000 Michael Tomsic 54711 at http://wfae.org Federal Judge Set To Decide If NC Voting Changes Will Cause 'Irreparable Harm' In November NC Voting Law Court Case Continues http://wfae.org/post/nc-voting-law-court-case-continues <p style="text-indent: 0pt; margin-left: 18pt; margin-right: 18pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 16pt;">In Winston-Salem this morning, a federal judge will continue questioning U.S. Justice Department lawyers on whether North Carolina's election overhaul violates the Voting Rights Act. All week, Judge Thom Schroeder has heard the Justice Department try to make that case, along with the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and other groups. They're suing North Carolina, and this week they're trying to convince a judge to put the changes on hold. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:09:01 +0000 Michael Tomsic 54626 at http://wfae.org SC Supreme Court: Attorney General Can Prosecute Lawmaker Without Lawmakers Signing Off http://wfae.org/post/sc-supreme-court-attorney-general-can-prosecute-lawmaker-without-lawmakers-signing <p>The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that South Carolina’s attorney general does not need permission from lawmakers to prosecute a lawmaker. The Supreme Court overturned an earlier decision that said Attorney General Alan Wilson had overstepped his authority in trying to prosecute House Speaker Bobby Harrell.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:33:26 +0000 Michael Tomsic 54585 at http://wfae.org SC Supreme Court: Attorney General Can Prosecute Lawmaker Without Lawmakers Signing Off From Allegations Of Discrimination To A 25-Minute Math Class: Court Hearing On NC Voting Law http://wfae.org/post/allegations-discrimination-25-minute-math-class-court-hearing-nc-voting-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department will be back in a federal courtroom in Winston-Salem this morning to continue making their case that North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul is discriminatory. The hearings that began Monday morning have included personal stories of voting challenges, allegations of voter fraud, and even a 25-minute math exercise. </span>WFAE's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Michael </span>Tomsic<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been in Winston-Salem covering the hearings.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:28:41 +0000 Michael Tomsic 54529 at http://wfae.org From Allegations Of Discrimination To A 25-Minute Math Class: Court Hearing On NC Voting Law