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
1:34 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Charlotte Hospitals Penalized For Infections And Complications

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The federal government is cutting Medicare payments to one-fifth of North Carolina hospitals because of high rates of infections or other complications. That's according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of the penalties released Thursday.

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5:46 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Second Mecklenburg County Social Worker Charged With Medicaid Fraud

For the second time in two months, a U.S. Attorney on Thursday charged a Mecklenburg County social worker with taking at least $10,000 in Medicaid kickbacks.

County workers Ryce Hatchett Jr. and Ieshia Watkins both participated in Medicaid fraud schemes with a mental health provider named Ronnie Robinson, according to U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Anne Tompkins. The alleged crimes took place from 2009 to 2012.

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5:56 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

How 2014 Turnout Data May Fit Into NC Voting Lawsuits

Participation: Total votes from identified demographic. Proportion: Demographic as a percentage of all votes cast. Turnout: Percentage of registered voters who participated from identified demographic .
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A federal appeals court ruled in October that some North Carolina voting changes would result in irreparable harm to African-Americans. The U.S. Supreme Court overruled, and allowed the changes to be part of this year's elections. Now lawyers involved in the ongoing case have new data to work with – the state Board of Elections released a final breakdown of turnout Tuesday.

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3:12 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

In NC Case, US Supreme Court Rules On 'Reasonable' Police Mistake

Court room of the United States Supreme Court.
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What started with a busted tail light in North Carolina has now led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision on what constitutes a reasonable mistake by a police officer. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can in some cases pull someone over even if they're mistaken in believing that person broke the law.

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Local News
1:50 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

UNC Charlotte Suspends Two More Students For Hazing Within Baseball Team

UNC Charlotte has suspended two more students as part of its investigation into hazing by the university's baseball team.

The investigation began in mid November, when UNC Charlotte officials received allegations of hazing within the baseball team. The university is refusing to release details about what happened and even how many total students have been disciplined. A spokesman will only say that five have now been suspended from school, five have been dismissed from the team, and they're not all the same people.

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3:44 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

NC Grows Its Pot Of Money Despite Losing Revenue

  North Carolina's main pot of money increased about 19 percent during the last fiscal year despite a decrease in revenues. That's according to the state controller's annual financial report released Monday.

You know how when revenues are down, a business can still turn a profit if it cuts expenses? That's basically what North Carolina did with its General Fund, the pot of money the state uses to pay for most of its programs.

For the fiscal year that ended in June, North Carolina's revenues came in about $450 million short of projections.

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Local News
6:02 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Some Day These Cockroaches May Save Your Life

A cyborg cockroach with its tiny backpack.
Michael Tomsic

To help rescue people in disaster settings, researchers at N.C. State are turning to one of nature's most resilient - and, let's face it, repulsive - creatures: cockroaches. The researchers are in the early stages of using what they call “cyborg cockroaches” to collect sound and gather data.

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9:27 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Federal Bankruptcy Judge Reaffirms Landmark Asbestos Decision

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A federal bankruptcy judge in Charlotte on Thursday reaffirmed his landmark decision in the murky world of asbestos litigation. Judge George Hodges ruled against a request by asbestos plaintiffs to reopen the record that led to his decision in favor of a bankrupt gasket maker called Garlock.

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5:48 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

NC Proposes New Rules For Abortion Providers

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services proposed new rules for abortion clinics Monday. Abortion rights advocates are still studying the rules, but they're offering cautious praise for how they were developed.

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Local News
9:35 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Through Storytelling, 'Voices Project' Empowers People Impacted By HIV

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A diagnosis of HIV can lead to a deep sense of isolation - so deep that the fear of talking about it can impact not only quality of life, but treatment, too. The Mecklenburg County Health Department and local advocates are addressing this problem through something called The Voices Project. It's a way for people affected by HIV to share their experience with the community, and it'll take the stage Monday night at the Knight Theater.

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