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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N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

This week, marine archaeologists will dive down to a Civil War era shipwreck recently discovered off the North Carolina coast. The archaeologists are almost certain it’s a large blockade runner, which is a kind of ship that played a key role during the war.

Mike Mozart / Flickr

Lowe’s home improvement company offers its employees an eye-catching benefit: certain major surgeries at prestigious hospitals are free of charge. Leaders of the Mooresville-based company are so happy with the program they’ve expanded it each of the past two years. They pull it off using a payment model that’s gaining steam across the health care industry - and that Lowe’s helped pioneer.

voterid.nc.gov

Early voting begins Thursday. In light of several lawsuits over North Carolina’s election policies, here's a breakdown of what’s currently in effect.

ncleg.net

The plaintiffs who successfully sued over North Carolina’s 2011 redistricting plan say the new congressional districts are no better than what the court struck down. Attorneys have filed their specific legal objections, and WFAE’s Michael Tomsic joined Mark Rumsey to explain.

North Carolina’s Medicaid program is continuing a recent trend of meeting its budget or coming in under. The state health department is telling lawmakers this week the program was $181 million under budget as of December.

North Carolina’s dominant insurance company had even deeper losses on the Obamacare exchange last year. But BlueCross BlueShield’s overall business ended 2015 in better shape financially than the year before.

ncleg.net

The U.S. Supreme Court late Friday rejected North Carolina’s request to put a new round of redistricting on hold. That means the state must follow a lower court order to use new maps in the upcoming election, which state lawmakers finalized earlier Friday.

Michael Tomsic

As NASCAR begins its new season with the Daytona 500 this weekend, it’s making another big change to be more like other sports. Two years ago, NASCAR shifted from a convoluted points system to a winner-take-all playoff. This year, its racing teams will become more like NBA or NFL franchises rather than independent businesses.

Michael Tomsic

North Carolinians are attacking and defending the state’s congressional districts. Lawmakers held public hearings statewide Monday in case they have to redraw the maps by Friday. A federal court has ordered them to, but they’re asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put that on hold.

Carolinas HealthCare System

The Charlotte area’s largest employer named its new CEO today. Gene Woods will take the helm at Carolinas HealthCare System in April.

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