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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As North Carolina lawmakers debate how to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, there's now a new report on how well a major part of the current program is working. The state auditor released a report Thursday on Community Care of North Carolina, which coordinates services for about 80 percent of the state's Medicaid recipients.

One of the Charlotte area's largest companies, Lowe's, is growing its profits but not as much as analysts want.

The home improvement giant reported a profit of more than $1.1 billion for its most recent fiscal quarter. That's an 8 percent increase over the same period (May through July) a year ago.

Lowe's CEO called the results "solid," and highlighted particularly strong growth in appliances and outdoor power equipment.

Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The fate of CMPD officer Randall Kerrick is now in the hands of 12 jurors. The prosecution and defense gave their closing arguments Tuesday on whether Kerrick is guilty of voluntary manslaughter. Two years ago, the white police officer fatally shot Jonathan Ferrell, an unarmed African-American who had wrecked his car and banged on a stranger’s door in the middle of the night. WFAE's Michael Tomsic was at the courthouse and joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry to discuss.

Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

The trial of CMPD officer Randall Kerrick wrapped up Tuesday after more than two weeks of testimony. The prosecution and defense spent about 2-and-a-half hours Tuesday morning making their final case to jurors about whether or not Kerrick is guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the shooting of an unarmed, black man, Jonathan Ferrell, two years ago. The jury started its deliberations at 2:40 p.m. and adjourned  for the day at about 5 p.m. Deliberations resume Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

In this segment, WFAE's Gwendolyn Glenn and Michael Tomsic break down the final arguments made by both sides.


Charlotte Observer

Charlotte police officer Randall Kerrick concluded two days of intense testimony Friday in his voluntary manslaughter trial. Two years ago, the white police officer fatally shot Jonathan Ferrell, an unarmed African-American who had wrecked his car and banged on a stranger’s door after midnight. The prosecutors spent much of the day casting doubt on Kerrick’s testimony.


Charlotte Observer

Update  6 p.m.
 Prosecutors cross-examined CMPD officer Randall Kerrick for three hours Friday. It was a tense day of testimony in which prosecutors tried to paint Kerrick as someone who can’t be trusted.

Former Charlotte mayor and current U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is being sued for $421,000. The lawsuit alleges that Foxx never did any actual work when he was employed at DesignLine, a now-bankrupt bus company.

Government & Heritage Library, State Library of NC

The North Carolina Senate has tentatively passed big changes to Medicaid and sales tax distributions. Senate leaders are calling the bills compromises, but there are still differences to work out with the House.

On Medicaid, Senate leaders favor giving insurance companies more responsibility for managing the government health care program. The House and Governor Pat McCrory would rather give that authority to groups of doctors and hospitals. So the Senate is advancing a bill that allows both insurance companies and groups of doctors and hospitals to take more control.

NC DHHS

North Carolina's highest ranking health official is stepping down. Aldona Wos has led Governor Pat McCrory's health department since 2013. Her tenure included threats from the federal government over food stamp delays but also significant improvements in the state's Medicaid budget.

Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

Update 5:30 p.m.

Jurors in the Randall Kerrick trial were excused twice Tuesday while prosecution and defense attorneys argued how many graphic photos the jury needs to see.

Defense attorney Michael Greene said prosecutors were being excessive by wanting to introduce several photos that showed shooting victim Jonathan Ferrell lying dead in handcuffs.

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