Michael Tomsic

Reporter

Michael Tomsic became a full-time reporter for WFAE in August 2012. Before that, he reported for the station as a freelancer and intern while he finished his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He’s covered everything from a U.S. presidential visit and a shortage of life-saving cancer drugs to a college football scandal and a cutting-edge art exhibit. Michael has interned with Weekends on All Things Considered in Washington, D.C., where he contributed to the show’s cover stories, produced interviews with Nas and Branford Marsalis, and reported a story about a surge of college graduates joining the military. At UNC, he was the managing editor of the student radio newscast, Carolina Connection. He got his start in public radio as an intern with WHQR in Wilmington, N.C., where he grew up.

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Local News
12:16 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

NC Finishes Privatizing Part Of Commerce Department

Gov. McCrory at the bill signing to finalize the basic rules for the partial privatization of the Commerce Department.
Credit www.governor.state.nc.us.

The private board that's taking over job recruitment for the North Carolina Commerce Department meets Thursday. The state legislature recently finalized the basic rules for the board, and Governor Pat McCrory signed them into law this week.


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Local News
10:21 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

SC Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Whether Attorney General Can Prosecute House Speaker

South Carolina Supreme Court
Credit www.judicial.state.sc.us/supreme

The South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether Attorney General Alan Wilson has the authority to prosecute House Speaker Bobby Harrell. A state judge ruled last month that Wilson cannot prosecute Harrell before the House Ethics Committee determines there's a criminal case.

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Local News
3:46 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

NC Leaders In Agreement On Overhauling Medicaid Payment Model

Credit TaxRebate.org.uk

North Carolina is poised to overhaul how it pays for doctor's visits and other physical health services under Medicaid. Governor Pat McCrory, state House and Senate leaders agree on that front, although they still need to work out differences in their broader plans for Medicaid.


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Local News
2:55 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate

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Governor Pat McCrory, the state House and Senate have significant differences to work out before North Carolina adopts a budget. WFAE's Michael Tomsic looks at three examples of those differences: teacher pay, film incentives and Medicaid.

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Local News
9:43 am
Thu June 12, 2014

NC Almost Done Privatizing Part Of Commerce Department

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The North Carolina House and Senate are finalizing significant changes to how the state recruits and retains businesses. The chambers have passed slightly different versions of a bill to privatize part of the state Commerce Department.

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Local News
10:09 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Charlotte's $2.1 Billion Budget, Made Possible Through Big Sales Tax Collections

Several council members didn't make the meeting in which the city adopted a new budget.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte City Council on Monday night adopted a budget that increases the city’s spending about 7 percent without raising property taxes.

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Local News
4:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Al Jefferson Is First Bobcat, Er, Fifth Hornet To Make All-NBA Team

Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) throws down a one-handed dunk.
Credit JEFF SINER — jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

  Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson on Wednesday became the fifth player in Charlotte's NBA history to make an All-NBA team. That stat is an example of why the used-to-be Bobcats wanted to get more than just the Hornets name back – they also wanted the Hornets' history.

Sure, this is kind of technical, but it's a big deal for Charlotte sports history. When the Hornets left for New Orleans, they took all their stats and records with them – Charlotte no longer got to claim any of that history.

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Local News
9:24 am
Tue June 3, 2014

What New EPA Proposed Rule On Power Plant Emissions Means For NC

EPA

North Carolina will have to reduce its rate of carbon emissions from power plants 40 percent to comply with a rule the Environmental Protection Agency proposed Monday. That's among the larger reductions the EPA is calling for in its push to reduce emissions.

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Local News
5:57 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

NC Senate Rejects Governor McCrory's Medicaid Overhaul

Credit NC General Assembly

Republicans in the North Carolina Senate have rejected Governor Pat McCrory's proposed Medicaid overhaul. Senate leaders proposed their own overhaul in the budget they released this week.


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Local News
5:25 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Mecklenburg Co. Won't Make Final $1 Million Payment To Whitewater Center

A kayaker goes down rapids at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Mecklenburg County will not make a final $1 million payment to the U.S. National Whitewater Center. County officials have decided the facility is making enough money that it no longer needs taxpayer help.


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