Tom Bullock

Reporter

Tom Bullock decided to trade the khaki clad masses and traffic of Washington DC for Charlotte in 2014. Before joining WFAE, Tom spent 15 years working for NPR.  Over that time he served as everything from an intern to senior producer of NPR’s Election Unit.  Tom also spent five years as the senior producer of NPR’s Foreign Desk where he produced and reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Haiti, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon among others.  Tom is looking forward to finally convincing his young daughter, Charlotte, that her new hometown was not, in fact, named after her.

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Local News
6:56 am
Wed June 24, 2015

SC Lawmakers Take First Step To Remove Confederate Flag

The Confederate battle flag flies on the Confederate War Memorial beside the SC state house.
Tom Bullock/WFAE News

The Confederate flag still flies on the grounds of South Carolina’s state capitol this morning after a fast-paced day of rallies, counter protests, and votes by state legislators.

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Local News
3:02 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

FBI: Morganton Man Wanted To Launch Terror Attacks In US

Justin Sullivan allegedly wanted to purchase an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle similar to the one shown here.
Credit OhanaUnited / Public Domain

A Morganton man faces 40 years in prison and more than a half million dollar fine for allegedly providing material support to the self proclaimed Islamic State. In charges, filed Monday, the FBI claims 19-year-old Justin Sullivan was plotting to carry out terrorist attacks in the United States.

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Politics
5:45 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Final Vote On Redistricting Greensboro City Council Expected Monday

Senator Trudy Wade introduced the Greensboro and Trinity redistricting bills.
Credit Courtesy of the NCGA

Monday, the North Carolina House will again vote on a bill to change the makeup of the Greensboro City Council. 

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Politics
9:43 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Budget, Sales Tax Plan And Education Changes Tentatively Passed By NC Senate

Senator Bob Rucho (left) and Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter (right) are both against the Senate plan to redistribute sales tax in North Carolina
Credit Courtesy of the NCGA

Wednesday, the North Carolina Senate tentative approved its $21.5 billion state budget. The final vote will take place Thursday.

The budget vote was largely party line, but there was a surprise. A key Republican budget writer voted against the plan.

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Politics
9:32 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Sen. Hartsell Taps Campaign Funds To Pay Personal Expenses

13 term senator Fletcher Hartsell, Republican from Cabarrus County.
Credit Courtesy of the NCGA

State Senator Fletcher Hartsell may face criminal charges if the State Board of Elections has its way. It found between $100,000 and $300,000 in political contributions were used to finance Hartsell’s personal spending. On Wednesday, the board unanimously referred the case to state and federal prosecutors.

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Politics
10:44 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Watered Down Gun Bill Back At The NC House

The North Carolina House will again debate the gun bill on Wednesday.
Credit blog.tsa.gov

On Wednesday, a controversial gun bill is scheduled for its final vote in the North Carolina House. It passed its second reading Tuesday but only after significant changes.          

After a long and heated debate the House voted to strip the bill of its most controversial provision, allowing the private sale of handguns without a background check by local sheriffs. Gone, too, is a provision that allowed concealed handguns in the halls of the General Assembly.

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Politics
8:34 am
Mon June 15, 2015

McCrory Not Interested In Senate's Sales Tax Plan; Senate Budget Due For Release

Governor Pat McCrory tours Mooresville's downtown.
Credit Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Monday should be fun for fans of politics and numbers. North Carolina's Senate is due to release its budget. It will be the second piece of major economic legislation the body has proposed in less than a week. Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry and WFAE's Tom Bullock discuss what we can expect in the budget and how Governor Pat McCrory is reacting to proposed changes in how sales tax is distributed in the state.


Politics
4:13 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Cheers, Jeers Greet NC's New Magistrate Law

Joey Hewell and Scott Lindsley got married outside the Mecklenburg County Register of Deed's office last October.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Magistrates in North Carolina can now refuse to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds. This after the House voted Thursday to override Governor McCrory's veto of the legislation.

WFAE’s Tom Bullock reports on the vote in the House and reaction to North Carolina’s new law.


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Politics
10:57 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Magistrates Can Now Say 'No' To Same-Sex Marriage

Credit NC General Assembly

North Carolina magistrates can now opt out of performing same-sex marriages on religious grounds.

When Governor Pat McCrory vetoed this bill 13 days ago he wrote, “No public official who voluntarily swears an oath to support and defend the Constitution should be exempt from upholding that oath.”

The Senate quickly voted to override that veto. But in the House the vote had been delayed for more than a week as Speaker Tim Moore and Republican leadership worked to make sure they had the votes they needed.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Bill Eliminating Aesthetic Controls On Governor's Desk

SB 25 would end municipalities ability to regulate the aesthetics of new or remodeled homes.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn

A bill which could change the way your neighborhood looks has made its way to Governor Pat McCrory’s desk.

Under current law, cities and towns can use zoning ordinances to mandate how new homes look on the outside. The type of siding or roof shingles, number and style of windows, in some cases even the color of houses.

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