Julie Rose

Reporter

Julie Rose is a freelance reporter based in Provo, Utah. Before returning to her native Utah in 2013, Julie spent nearly six years reporting for NPR member station WFAE in Charlotte, NC.  There, she covered everything from political scandal and bank bailouts to homelessness and the arts.  She's a two-time winner of a national Edward R. Murrow Award for radio writing. Prior to WFAE, Julie reported for KCPW in Salt Lake City where she got her start in radio.  Before that, she was a nonprofit fundraiser and a public relations manager in the San Francisco Bay Area.  It took a few career changes, but Julie finally found her calling in public radio reporting because she gets paid to do what she does best – be nosy. She's a graduate of the communications program at Brigham Young University and has been a frequent contributor to NPR programs. 

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Business
2:37 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Progress Merger Boosts Duke Earnings, But Challenges Ahead

Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers

Duke Energy says earnings in the third quarter rose 26%, primarily because it was the first full quarter to include Progress Energy.  That figure slightly exceeded analyst expectations, but questions remain about challenges Duke Energy faces going forward.

The list includes:

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Business
9:56 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Chiquita Loses $67M In Q3, New CEO Stays The Course

Newly-hired Chiquita CEO Ed Lonergan
Credit Julie Rose

Chiquita Brands International announced a $67 million third-quarter loss Wednesday, but the company's new CEO Ed Lonergan  said that was better than he expected in a year beset with relocation expenses and volatility in European markets.  It was Lonergan's first earnings announcement since being hired last month to replace Fernando Aguirre. 

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Election 2012
3:04 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Obama Loss In NC A Blow To Local Democrats

President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term last night in race that see-sawed back and forth late into the night. This time four years ago, it was still unclear which way North Carolina had gone in the presidential race. Not so today. Republican Mitt Romney won the state by 96,000 votes – dealing a blow to local Democrats.

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Election 2012
5:15 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Explaining NC's Strange Straight-Party Voting Law

North Carolina voters got an extra bit of instruction at the polls today regarding a quirk in the state's straight-party voting rules.  It's nothing new – in fact, it's been the law since the 1960s – but it's a perpetual source of confusion. The quirk is this: in North Carolina people who choose to vote straight-party still have to vote separately for president.  

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Local News
12:06 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

NC To Tap Tax Refunds Of Unemployment Cheaters

Cheaters who manage to keep collecting unemployment once they've found work will face stiffer penalties and the strong possibility of losing their tax refund in 2013.  The North Carolina Division of Employment Security is trying to recover nearly $50 million in fraudulent payments.

North Carolina's been paying a record amount of unemployment during this recession, so it stands to reason that fraud has increased, too.  When you get a job, you're supposed to report that to the unemployment office so they stop sending you checks.

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Election 2012
5:14 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

First Lady Gives Final Obama Campaign Push In Charlotte

First Lady Michelle Obama greets a crowd of supporters in a hangar in Charlotte Monday afternoon.
Credit Julie Rose

First Lady Michelle Obama rallied a few thousand supporters in a hangar at the Charlotte airport this afternoon. It was the last major Obama campaign event in North Carolina of the 2012 election.  WFAE's Julie Rose was there and joined WFAE's Mark Rumsey by phone from the rally. 


RUMSEY: Julie, why did Michelle Obama come here today?

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Election 2012
4:53 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Election Change On SC Ballot

Unbeknownst to many South Carolina voters, they're being asked to change the state's constitution next week, and the outcome will affect future elections. 

In South Carolina, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately. About half of states do it that way – including North Carolina.  Next week, South Carolina voters will have a chance to change that and put their top two executives on the same ticket.  

But the constitutional amendment on South Carolina's ballot Tuesday has garnered little attention.

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Local News
4:59 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

CLT To Lose Some ATL Service When Southwest Comes

The much-anticipated arrival of Southwest Airlines at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport will not bring more flights or cheaper fares, says Aviation Director Jerry Orr.


Southwest will fly six flights a day from Charlotte beginning next April. But AirTran - which Southwest is replacing -  flew seven flights daily, including three to Atlanta. Southwest will fly to Baltimore, Chicago, Houston and Orlando, but not Atlanta. 

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Local News
4:48 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Fixing Revaluation Flaws Faces Hurdles

Witt Putney of Pearson's Appraisal Service explains a wall-sized map of Mecklenburg County showing hundreds of 2011 property valuations the firm is reviewing.
Credit Julie Rose

Property owners hoping to learn if the 2011 tax values assigned to their neighborhoods will be re-done because of errors will have to wait at least a few more weeks. The firm hired by Mecklenburg County to evaluate the property revaluation process will not share details of its findings until a county commission meeting on Nov. 13.  And even then, there are significant hurdles in fixing whatever flaws the firm uncovers.

Cornelius resident Bob Deaton and many more like him have no doubt what Pearson’s Appraisal Service will find in reviewing the county’s 2011 revaluation.

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Local News
12:04 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Scope Of SC Cyber-Attack Widens

The cyber-attack that experts already believe is the largest on a state tax agency - ever - just got bigger. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said Wednesday the tax returns of more than 650,000 businesses may also have been exposed – on top of the 3.6 million individual returns previously announced.

“I am probably more frustrated than you know to have to do these daily press conferences, but what I will tell you is as we go through this process, every time we find out something new we are gonna continue to tell you,” said a grim-faced Haley.

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