Michael Tomsic

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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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North Carolina has some of the worst rated nursing homes in the country. A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation released Thursday shows the federal government gave more than 40 percent of the state's nursing homes one or two star ratings.

Nine nursing homes in the Charlotte area received the lowest possible rating, one star:

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A state audit released Wednesday found excessive wages and nepotism within the office that administers NCTracks and other computer systems for the North Carolina Medicaid program.

Several voting rights groups accused Governor Pat McCrory's administration Friday of violating a federal law that requires public assistance agencies to help register voters. The groups are largely the same ones that made similar allegations against Governor Mike Easley's administration about 10 years ago, and then worked with the state to resolve the problems.

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Now that North Carolina has paid off its unemployment insurance debt, businesses will no longer face tax penalties, but the unemployed will still get the same reduced benefits. Labor organizers say that's not fair, and are calling on lawmakers to restore some of the cuts.

After earlier projections that showed North Carolina may finish this fiscal year with a budget shortfall, state economists are now saying the state will come out ahead. A consensus forecast released Wednesday projects a surplus of $400 million or about 2 percent.

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If you’re poor and grow up in Mecklenburg County, you have among the worst chances in the country of climbing the income ladder as you get older. That’s according to a study by a group of researchers at Harvard, who looked at the earnings records of millions of families. The study found poor children in Stanly County, just two counties over, have a much better chance at earning more money as adults. 

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A South Carolina landmark that's both loved and lampooned is under renovation. You can't miss it driving on I-85 near the North Carolina border: it's a massive peach-shaped water tower.

  Elected leaders from across the Carolinas have weighed in on the same-sex marriage cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over Tuesday. The cases are out of Ohio and three other states, but they'll determine whether any state can ban same-sex marriage.

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One of the nation's most respected cancer hospitals for children is establishing an affiliate clinic in Charlotte. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announced Tuesday it's partnering with Novant Health on the clinic.

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Carolina blue will be a bit more consistent from now on. UNC-Chapel Hill announced Monday night it's making some subtle changes to the Tar Heel brand.

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