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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7:05 am
Sat February 16, 2013

New Car Hits The Road In NASCAR Season Opener

Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 10:05 am

NASCAR's new season begins Saturday, and there's something a bit different on the track: a new car. NASCAR says it's betting on the future of the sport with the introduction of this new ride.

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4:50 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

N.C. About To Slash Unemployment Benefits, Raise Taxes

Credit Bytemarks/Flickr

A bill to drastically cut unemployment benefits and slightly raise business taxes has cleared its last major hurdle in North Carolina. Republicans behind it say it's going to be painful, but it's necessary to pay back the $2.5 billion the state owes the federal government for help paying unemployment insurance.

How did the state build up such a massive debt?

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11:03 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Gov. McCrory Weighs In On Obamacare

Governor Pat McCrory said Tuesday morning that North Carolina is not ready to participate in two major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. At least for now, the state will not expand Medicaid or be involved in running a health insurance exchange.

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3:53 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Ports Strike Appears Averted

Bridge Terminal Transport has an inland terminal in Charlotte.
Michael Tomsic

Hundreds of Charlotte companies connected to major ports on the East and Gulf coasts no longer have to worry about a strike damaging their businesses this week. That's because dockworkers and ocean shipping companies have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

For months, dockworkers from Maine to Texas had threatened a strike if they couldn't agree to a new contract with ocean shipping companies.

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Local News
2:31 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Duke Energy Closing Two Coal Plants Ahead Of Schedule

Buck Steam Station in Rowan County is a coal-fired power plant that Duke Energy is closing in April.
Duke Energy

Duke Energy is shutting down two coal-fired power plants this spring. The plants are in Rowan and Gaston counties, and they're closing two years ahead of schedule.


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Local News
9:39 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Audit Finds N.C. Medicaid Program Is Wasting Money

An independent audit found North Carolina's Medicaid program has been horribly managed in terms of administrative costs and budgeting.  State Auditor Beth Wood released the report Thursday, which examined how the Department of Health and Human Services has overseen Medicaid the last three years.

Let's start with some perspective on just how big the state's Medicaid program is. More than 1.5 million North Carolinians use it, and it costs the state about $36 million a day.

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Local News
4:30 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

As N.C. Considers Tax Overhaul, How Does Current System Work?

Governor Pat McCrory and state lawmakers are considering major changes to North Carolina's tax structure. So we decided to take a closer look at a report released Wednesday detailing the effective tax rates currently in place. It's from the liberal-leaning Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in Washington, D.C.

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Local News
10:49 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

NASCAR Champ Brad Keselowski Brings A Little Old, New School

Brad Keselowski drinks a massive beer during his championship interview on SportsCenter
Totalprosports.com

A brash, young champion will begin defending his title at NASCAR's highest level in February. He's outspoken, funny and down-to-Earth. And he has a knack for connecting with both old-school fans and savvy, young Twitter users. His name is Brad Keselowski.

If you don't follow NASCAR closely, you may have been introduced to the sport's 28-year-old champion last fall through his celebratory interview on SportsCenter.

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Local News
9:33 am
Wed January 23, 2013

NASCAR Bets Big On New Race Car - The Gen-6

The new Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota Gen-6 race cars
NASCARmedia.com

NASCAR executives are betting the future of their sport on their brand new race car. The new model was the focus of their preseason press conference in uptown Charlotte Tuesday.

The new car, called Gen-6, is about looking good and driving better. A video that opened the press conference showed shots of the shiny stock cars zipping around racetracks while a narrator said, "Gen-6 has arrived with an old school appeal - the racetrack and showroom arm in arm once again."

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3:25 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Is That A NASCAR Race Car Driving Around Uptown?

Credit Charlotte Motor Speedway

You may see a few NASCAR race cars cruising through uptown Charlotte later this week. That's one of the upcoming highlights of the Sprint Media Tour, the sport's annual preseason showcase hosted by the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The media tour brings NASCAR's top drivers, team owners and personalities to the Charlotte area this week. Charlotte Motor Speedway Vice President of Communications Scott Cooper told reporters in Concord Monday morning that the idea is pretty simple:

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