Michael Tomsic

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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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The Charlotte Motor Speedway and other NASCAR tracks will start asking fans not to display Confederate flags. 

Confederate flags and paraphernalia are common sights at NASCAR races in the South. Fans fly them in the campgrounds and wear them in the stands.

Now, all the NASCAR tracks that host top-flight races are trying to change that. In a statement, they said quote: we are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols.

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Electrolux plans to fight a U.S. Justice Department antitrust lawsuit aimed at preventing its acquisition of General Electric's appliance business. The company with a North American headquarters in Charlotte says the $3.3 billion deal will not harm competition.

Electrolux argues this deal won't raise prices in your kitchen anymore than another huge deal raised prices in your laundry room.

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Governor Pat McCrory says North Carolina should get rid of one way it displays the Confederate flag: on specialty license plates.

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In two years, Charlotte will host one of the most high-profile events in basketball: the NBA All-Star Game. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver officially made that announcement in uptown Tuesday.

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The call to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s Capitol grounds has gained a powerful supporter.  Governor Nikki Haley said it’s time to take down a symbol that divides the state. 

Haley said the shooting of nine African-Americans at a church in Charleston last week made people look at the Confederate flag differently. Flanked by politicians from both parties, she called on state lawmakers to remove it. 

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A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving Confederate flag license plates in Texas is likely to settle a case involving pro-life license plates in North Carolina.

In a 5-4 decision last week, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas can reject a proposal to put a Confederate flag on a specialty license plate.

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Roughly half a million North Carolinians could soon lose money they depend on for health insurance. The U.S. Supreme Court will rule as soon as next week on a key part of the Affordable Care Act. It governs federal subsidies for states like North Carolina that did not set up their own exchange or marketplace. It may sound wonky, but the result could be disastrous for many low-income Americans and insurance markets.

North Carolina has lost its appeal of a case involving abortion providers having to show pregnant women an ultrasound of their fetus. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will not take up case.

The Republican-backed law required doctors to show and describe ultrasounds to pregnant women considering an abortion. 

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North Carolina's attorney general is threatening to sue the Ritz-Carlton in uptown over what the hotel called a "CIAA service charge." Some customers upset about the charge had a different name for it: "a black tax."

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