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
12:58 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

ACLU Plans To Challenge N.C. Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

The American Civil Liberties Union plans to challenge North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage.

The ACLU announced Tuesday it's amending a federal lawsuit it filed last year that challenges the state's ban on second parent adoptions. That policy prevents couples who are not married from adopting each other's children. It applies to gay and straight couples. 

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Business
10:54 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Kroger Buys Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter at the Cotswold Mall, Charlotte, N.C.
Credit daysofthundr46 / Flickr

Harris Teeter has finally found a buyer, and it's a big one. Kroger - the largest U.S. grocery store chain - is spending about $2.5 billion to buy the Matthews-based company. 

But don't expect a name change at your local stores. Kroger says it will continue to operate the Harris Teeter brand. 

Harris Teeter has been searching for a buyer for several months, and its CEO said in a press release the company is excited to become a part of Kroger. 

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Local News
6:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Abortion Safety Expert Says N.C. Senate Bill Addresses Problems That Don't Exist

The North Carolina Senate passed a bill Wednesday with new restrictions and regulations for abortion clinics. Republicans behind the bill say those are necessary steps for women's safety. WFAE's Michael Tomsic looked into that claim.


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Local News
11:31 am
Wed July 3, 2013

N.C. Senate Passes Tax Overhaul

Credit 401(K) 2013 / Flickr

Now the North Carolina House and Senate have passed their own plans to overhaul the state's tax system. The Senate gave final approval to its version Wednesday morning.


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Local News
1:05 am
Wed July 3, 2013

N.C. Senate Gives Tentative OK To Tax Overhaul

The North Carolina Senate tentatively passed a bill today to overhaul the state's tax code.

The Senate worked through four earlier versions of a tax overhaul before settling on this one. The fifth edition is much closer to the bill that passed the House, and Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger says that's the point.

"There's been a good deal of work done on trying to find some common ground on where the Senate was and where the House has been," Berger said on the Senate floor Tuesday.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Mecklenburg County Hopes Public 'Sees No Changes' In Public Health Changeover

About 200 public health workers attend an orientation for the county's public health department.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Starting next week, Mecklenburg County’s public health department will once again be run by the county. Carolinas HealthCare System has staffed and operated that department for about 18 years. It provides a wide variety of services, including flu shots, cancer screenings and health care in CMS schools.


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Local News
9:31 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Court Decision A Setback For Voter Rights, Cooper Says

Attorney General Roy Cooper

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act Tuesday could have a big impact on North Carolina.


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Local News
3:58 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

N.C. Insurance Companies Pay $10 Million In Rebates

Almost 200,000 North Carolinians will get reimbursed a tiny portion of what they paid in health insurance premiums last year. Insurance companies will pay back an average of $87 per family because of a requirement in the Affordable Care Act.


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Local News
8:23 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

County Budget Will Likely Include More School Nurses

Advocates for school nurse funding held up signs at a meeting of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners.
Credit JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com / Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg County Commissioners are scheduled to pass a new budget Tuesday. A group of parents has spent the past year pushing for one line in that budget to increase – funding for school nurses.


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Local News
10:02 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Mecklenburg County Property Taxes Likely To Increase

Mecklenburg County commissioners tentatively approved a new budget Tuesday night that includes an increase to the property tax rate of 2.35 cents.


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